Kanye West and Drake to host benefit concert to free former gang leader from prison

It’s what two old enemies always do after crushing their flesh: organize a benefit concert together to free a former Chicago gang leader from prison.

With their long feud seemingly now behind them, Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) and Drake will team up for the Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert, an event to “raise awareness and support for Larry Hoover and the cause of prison reform and ruling, “according to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum website.

Kanye West, Drake

Kanye West, Drake

Kevin Mazur / Getty Images; Mike Marsland / WireImage Kanye West; Duck

The concert, headlined by Ye with singer and rapper “Passionfruit” making a “special guest appearance”, will take place at the Los Angeles stadium on December 9. It would be Drake’s first performance since Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival this month.

Representatives for Ye and Drake did not immediately respond to EW’s requests for comment.

Ye, however, shared a poster of the event on Instagram with the caption “God’s Plan,” which refers to Drake’s 2018 single.

He also issued a statement on the Coliseum’s website, saying, “I believe this event will not only bring awareness to our cause, but will show people everywhere how much more we can achieve when we put our pride aside and come together.”

Hoover, co-founder of the Chicago street gang Gangster Disciples, has been incarcerated for decades after being sentenced to 150-200 years for murder in 1973. He later received a life sentence for running a drug ring from behind bars. .

Ye has been trying to secure Hoover’s release for several years, calling on former President Donald Trump to commute his sentence in 2018. Most recently, Larry Hoover Jr. was featured on the rapper’s song “Jesus Lord,” from his latest album. Donda, to talk about his father.

Hoover Jr. previously urged Drake to mend relations with Ye to aid in the effort to free his father and mentioned the possibility of a benefit concert.

“This would be great,” the young Hoover told TMZ. “This is like Michael Jackson and Prince, the one we’ve never seen before, and it will be a ripple effect. We need unity and peace in this hip-hop community.”

Tickets for Larry Hoover’s free benefit concert will go on sale Monday, November 22 at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT.

Related content:

Leave a Comment