In response to the displacement of a single mother
and her young family due to a gas explosion in their home, the Houston Rap community
began fundraising activities to help relocate them. The effort is being led
by record a group of local music industry businesses, including Rap-A-Lot
Records, Lil Troy’s Short Stop Records, Break Yo Sef Records, Captain
Jack Productions as well as radio personality Walter D., 97.9 FM KBXX and Platinum
City Night Club.The goal is to raise funds to replace the roof of the home and
assist the family with temporary housing during the construction.
According to reports, the explosion occurred
in the gas dryer used in the home. Further, the entire family was at home at
the time of the explosion, including small children. There were no physical
injuries reported, but the psychological trauma is reportedly equivalent to
the post traumatic anxieties experienced by soldiers on the battlefield and
is amplified in small children.
Break Yo Sef Records’ Vice President of Public
Relations, JERRY DOBY kicked off the fundraising with a donation and a live
on air appeal to other labels and entertainers to give back to the community
that has granted them success. Tabulations for current contributions are ongoing
and additional efforts to assist the family are to be announced.