RAPPER BIG Sean has raised approximately $100,000 for people in Flint, Michigan, affected by the city’s ongoing water crisis, he announced this week.
The money, which has been raised by his foundation, the Sean Anderson Foundation, will help people with lead poisoning seek out proper care and will provide them with clean water.
“It’s not even close to being over,” Big Sean told TV host Trevor Noah. “That situation wasn’t a natural disaster. It’s something that should’ve been prevented and could’ve been prevented, so it’s just disgusting to think about the damages that these families and even kids have to go through with the lead poisoning.”
The Detroit rapper, 28, noted that his mother suffered from a degree of lead poisoning.
“It was very hard for her to deal with, but she was able, through holistic care and homeopathic remedies, was able to reverse a lot of the effects,” he said.
Sean also revealed that the last song on his new album, I Decided, will feature the Flint Chosen Choir, saying he wanted to “reach out and show some support from that side, creatively. It’s a song called ‘Bigger Than Me’ and once you hear it you’ll see why I wanted them to be on it. But I was just happy to have Flint be a part of my album in that way as well.”
Flint’s water troubles began in April 2014, when the city was controlled by an emergency manager appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The city ended its partnership with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to save money and switched its water source to the Flint River. A lack of corrosion treatments to the water resulted in lead contamination.
The Associated Press reported that Flint’s water system no longer has lead levels exceeding the federal limit, but residents are still advised to drink filtered or bottled water.