When he says “I may take this one” Scrapp is referring to the partnership that he has formed with rapper T.I., and Pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant of New Birth Missionary. Together these three men paid the bail of 23 nonviolent offenders just in time for Easter. Sixteen men and seven women were released out of suburban Atlanta jails in the local counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Rockdale, and Gwinnett. This move signifies Deleon’s commitment to his people and his own reform.
Similar to Meek Mill, who is also working to change the system through REFORM Alliance, an organization that aims to reduce the number of people serving unjust parole and probation sentences. Scrapp is joining forces on the other end of the spectrum with a “Bail Out” program, getting men and women out of jail who may have ended up serving longer sentences due to their inability to afford their set bail. In fact, the New Birth Missionary church started to raise money for this “Bail Out” initiative for Lent. The goal started with a mission to raise $40,000 but achieved funds totaling to $120,000 in less than 40 days.
With influential people like Scrapp Deleon and those in the “Bail Out” program, REFORM, and even the All Money In crew, led by The Late, Great Nipssey Hussle and his brother Blacc Sam, (the west coast based brand employs convicted felons straight out of prison.) It is promising to think that the hip-hop community could be bucking the system that has entrapped its most significant and most loyal supporters and contributors.
For so long the black community has suffered more severe consequences than our white counterparts. Finally, we are leaning on each other to rise above that inequity and climb out of the barrel that we were trained to pull each other back down.
This article was originally posted on The Rapfest.