Organizers have arranged
a hip-hop benefit concert at BB King’s Blues Club in New York City February 22,
to raise money for victims of the devastating tsunamis that hit South Asia last
The concert is the first in a series of hip-hop benefit shows
as part of "Rap for Relief," created by The Agency Group in an effort
to raise money for worthy causes.
"The artists were all more than willing to donate their
time for a cause like this, and BB King’s (being one of New York’s homes to
hip-hop) was a logical choice of venue," Agency Group Vice President Peter
Schwartz said in a statement. "The club was more than willing to donate
their venue and expenses to make this a reality."
For the first show, Pete Rock, Buckshot,
J-Live, High & Mighty, C-Rayz Walz, and rappers/beatboxers
Rahzel and Doug E. Fresh are expected to perform.
"This is what hip-hop is all about giving back!" said
Rahzel, who was the first to enlist in the project. DJ JS-1 will be the house
DJ for the night.
Tickets are $20 in advance and extra donations will be accepted
at the club the night of the show. All proceeds from the Feb. 22 show go to
the Red Cross.