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Rappers have songs with the illest lyrics. They produce music that makes audiences want to get up and dance. They have fancy cars, expensive houses, flashy chains, and fashionable clothes. But did you know that many of them also work hard to give back to the less fortunate?

Some rappers decided to donate to causes that hold a special place in their hearts, while other created their own foundations and charities to help out people who are in need. Some venture out on philanthropic endeavors with the other celebrities by their sides, while others start to tackle pressing issues by themselves.Some choose to focus on just one issue, while others pour their hearts into many charitable endeavors. No matter how these rappers choose to give back, the important thing is that they are using their status as prominent figures in the public eye to help improve the lives of those around them.  
 
You may not typically associate rappers with big acts of philanthropy, but whether you hear about it or not, there are rappers out there who give back to people around the world who are in need of assistance. So in order to bring light to these charitable acts, here is a list of rappers that you might know have a heart of gold.
  
Akon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 23 Rappers Who Are Secretly Very Philanthropic
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Akon has recently taken on an initiative to provide solar power to 600,000,000 Africans. This endeavor is called Akon Lighting Africa. Through this project solar power lighting has already been provided to several countries throughout the content of Africa. Akon also plans on launching a solar academy in Bamako, Mali. Experts teaching at this academy will show African entrepreneurs and engineers how to produce solar power, allowing Africans to come up with innovative and creative ideas for keeping their homeland powered with light for years to come. 

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Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music, Dance-pop Reggae, + more

Albums: Konvicted, Trouble, Mama Africa, Freedom Gunshot (Fiesta Riddim), + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Universal Motown Republic Group, Konvict Muzik, UpFront Records, SRC Records KonLive Distribution

Career Began: Dakar, Senegal

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Birdman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 23 Rappers Who Are Secretly Very Philanthropic
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Thanksgiving 2015 marked the 18th anniversary of Cash Money's annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway. Each year during Thanksgiving, Birdman, along with co-founder of Cash Money Records, Ronald "Slim" Williams, provide thanksgiving turkeys and sides to residents of New Orleans (Birdman's hometown). Dental, blood pressure, and diabetes screenings and eye exams are also provided at this event. In 2014, the duo extended the Thanksgiving give away to New York city and Miami as well. 

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Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Hyphy, Southern hip hop

Albums: Birdman, Fast Money, Like Father, Like Son Pricele$$, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Universal Republic Records, Cash Money Records, Universal Motown Records, Republic Records

Career Began: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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T.I. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 23 Rappers Who Are Secretly Very Philanthropic
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In 2012, rapper T.I. launched the Give Like a King campaign in an effort to help homeless veterans. Through public service, advocacy, and fundraising, T.I. provides much needed support to homeless veterans and the Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO) in Georgia. T.I. also started For the Love of our Fathers with his wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris and his mother-in-law Dianne Cottle Pope. This organization was created to support those individuals who are suffering from Alzheimer's disease. 

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Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Gangsta rap, Pop rap Southern hip hop

Albums: King, Urban Legend, Trap Muzik, I'm Serious T.I. vs. T.I.P., + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Atlantic Records, Grand Hustle Records, Arista Records

Career Began: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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#33 on The Rappers with the Dirtiest Rhymes

#26 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

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#48 on The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time

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Common is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 23 Rappers Who Are Secretly Very Philanthropic
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Common founded the Common Ground Foundation in order to open up inner city youth to new opportunities while using creative arts. Many programs exist within this foundation, including: the Youth Mentoring Program, the College Readiness Program, the COMMUNITY SHOWCASE, and the Spring Youth Business Conference. The AHH! FEST is a one day community-wide music festival that also gives students job-related experiences. The Common Ground Foundation is also partnering with the Chicago Youth Job Collaborative, the Chicago Urban League, and local community organizations to transform summer jobs into year round employment opportunities for students.

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Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop Neo soul, + more

Albums: Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate, One Day It'll All Make Sense Electric Circus, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: MCA Records, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Warner Music Group, Geffen Records Music Corporation of America, + more

Career Began: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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#22 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

#33 on The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

#39 on The Best Underground Rappers

#12 on The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time

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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 23 Rappers Who Are Secretly Very Philanthropic
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After a 2012 trip to Jamaica, Snoop Dogg partnered with Causes.com and Reed's Ginger Brew to start "The Mind Gardens Project" in Jamaica. This program aims to feed children in inner city communities in Jamaica. Snoop was inspired to start the program after visiting poverty stricken areas in the country. Snoop Dogg has also been known to support several other noble causes including: Habitat for Humanity, Save the Music Foundation, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and The Orca Network.

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Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk Reggae, + more

Albums: Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal, Snoop Dogg Presents Christmas in tha Dogg House Welcome To The Dogg House, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Atlantic Records, TVT Records, Priority Records, Geffen Records EMI, + more

Career Began: Eastside, Long Beach, California, United States of America

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#66 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

#7 on The Rappers with the Dirtiest Rhymes

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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 23 Rappers Who Are Secretly Very Philanthropic
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50 Cent launched the G Unity Foundation, which gives grants to non-profits that focus on bettering the quality of life for under-served and low income communities. He also partnered with Pure Growth Partners and Chris Clark to found Street King. For every Street King Energy Shot that is sold, they provide one hungry child with a meal. Here in America, 50 has partnered with SMS Audio and Feeding America to create a program where 250 meals will be provided to children for every headphone that is sold.

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Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

Albums: Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, Street King Immortal, Power of the Dollar Before I Self Destruct, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Ill Flava Records, Aftermath Entertainment, Violator, Interscope Records Shady Records, + more

Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America

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#9 on The Rappers with the Dirtiest Rhymes

#14 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

#53 on The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

#45 on The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 23 Rappers Who Are Secretly Very Philanthropic
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Queen Latifah gives back to those in need in many ways. Queen Latifah and her mother started the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation (named after her brother who died in a motorcycle accident). Through this scholarship, Queen Latifah has been sending kids to college since 1992. She is also involved in Alicia Keys's charity which provides medicine to people in Africa with HIV. In addition to this, she helps pay the medical costs that doctors in Haiti incur in order to work on their patients.

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Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz, Soul music Gospel music, + more

Albums: All Hail the Queen, Black Reign, Trav'lin' Light, The Dana Owens Album Order in the Court, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Verve Music Group, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Tommy Boy Entertainment, Motown Records A&M Records, + more

Career Began: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

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#12 on The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

#98 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

#49 on The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

#35 on The Best African American Actors in Film

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B.o.B is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 23 Rappers Who Are Secretly Very Philanthropic
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In 2011, rapper B.o.B donated $10,000 to Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless on his birthday. He wanted to give back because it was the community who made him who he is today. He also issued out a challenge to his fellow rappers to match his $10,000 donation, saying that in addition to the $10,000 he already donated, he would shell out another $10,000 to match the donation of the first rapper who would also agree to donate.

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Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music Rhythm and blues, + more

Albums: B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, Memories Back Then, 12th Dimension EP, Strange Clouds iTunes Session, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Atlantic Records, Web Entertainment, Grand Hustle Records

Career Began: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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#27 on The Best Young Rappers / New School Rappers

#44 on The Best New School Rappers

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