Boosie has expressed his desire to meet with Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss the issue of gun violence, following a recent meeting between Atlanta rapper Quavo and Harris. The Baton Rouge rapper took to social media to advocate for gun violence prevention and highlighted the importance of influential figures like himself reaching out to the younger generation.
Boosie Wants To Meet With VP Kamala Harris
On September 20, Boosie made a plea to Vice President Kamala Harris on Twitter (X), expressing his desire to advocate for gun violence prevention. He believes that his influence as a respected artist can help save the younger generation from the devastating effects of gun violence. The “Set It Off” rapper said:
“@VP I WANNA ADVOCATE FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ALSO CAN YOU USE ME TO SAVE SOME OF THE YOUNGER GENERATION THATS LOST?THESE KIDS WILL LISTEN TO SOMEONE THEY LOOK UP TO WHO HAD SIMILAR CHILDHOODS BEFORE THEY LISTEN TO THEY OWN PARENTS. @VP I KNOW I CAN MAKE A CHANGE CAUSE IVE BEEN DOING IT ALREADY WHEN I TALK TO THE TROUBLE YOUTH,” Boosie said.
Although Boosie’s request has not received a public response from Vice President Harris or the White House, it came shortly after Quavo’s meeting with Harris in Washington, D.C.
Quavo Meets With VP Kamala Harris In Honor Of Takeoff
Besides VP Harris, Quavo also joined Senator Raphael Warnock, Representative Lucy McBath, and Greg Jackson of the Community Justice Action Fund to address this critical issue during the Congressional Black Caucus legislative conference. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the pressing issue of gun violence, which has plagued the hip-hop industry and the nation as a whole.
The “Lamb Talk” rapper’s motivation to speak up about gun violence stems from the tragic death of his nephew, Takeoff. The Migos rapper was fatally shot in Houston in November 2022.
Quavo’s experience with this devastating loss has prompted him to become an advocate for change. During the conference, he stressed the need for improved gun control measures to prevent similar incidents and protect individuals from harm. Quavo highlighted the importance of understanding how to use guns safely and responsibly, while also implementing measures to keep them out of the wrong hands.
“And how do you keep them out of the hands of people that make bad decisions?” he said. “I’m kind of in a half-and-half place. Even police have guns. Unfortunately, some of the people in our culture and loved ones have been lost to police brutality. It’s all about choices and how we can put a filter on who can use these guns.”
Break the Cycle of Violence Act
Takeoff’s mother, Titania Davenport, attended the conference alongside Quavo. They both emphasized the urgency of implementing effective strategies to combat gun violence. Quavo expressed a commitment to finding ways to prevent such incidents and ensure the safety of communities.
The rapper acknowledged the complex nature of the issue, noting that even the police carry guns, which can sometimes be used against innocent individuals. The discussion revolved around making informed choices and implementing proper filters to regulate the possession and use of firearms.
“We need to do better with the control of guns,” Quavo said on the panel. “We need to figure out how do we keep these types of incidents from happening to people going anywhere and thinking they can hurt somebody where it shouldn’t happen.”
Greg Jackson, who has personally experienced the devastating impact of gun violence, vocalized his support for Quavo and the importance of his voice in reaching the youth. Both Jackson and Quavo are actively pushing for the passing of the Break the Cycle of Violence Act.
This proposed legislation aims to provide $6.5 billion in federal grants to communities, enabling them to develop programs to combat gun violence, provide job training, and foster youth development.
In Honor Of Takeoff
As a tribute to his late nephew Takeoff, Quavo established the Rocket Foundation and pledged $2 million to invest in community violence intervention. This initiative aims to address the roots of gun violence and support programs that actively work towards reducing its prevalence.
Quavo’s commitment to making a change and preventing further tragedies highlights the urgency and necessity for a collective effort in combating gun violence within the hip-hop community and beyond.
According to a previous interview with former NFL player Shannon Sharpe, the former Migos rapper opened up about his grief and the impact of Takeoff’s death on him. Quavo revealed how he has been dealing with grief with Takeoff since he was shot and killed on Nov.1, 2022.
Stop The Gun Violence!
The hip-hop community has been grappling with numerous tragedies resulting from gun violence in recent years. In March 2019, Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed. His killer, Eric Holder Jr., was convicted in February 2023 and sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Another rapper that passed away due to gun violence Memphis rapper Young Dolph was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in November 2021. Since then, it has led to multiple arrests and guilty pleas in connection with his murder.
PNB Rock is another fallen rapper from gun violence. The Philadelphia rapper was shot and killed at a Los Angeles restaurant in September 2022, leaving behind grieving loved ones and fans. His girlfriend, Stephanie Sibounheuang would later pay tribute to him on Instagram, reflecting on their time together.
Roddy Ricch Speaks On Gun Violence
Roddy Ricch has also spoken out against gun violence. In September 2022, he used his social media platform to urge the people of Los Angeles to put their weapons down, shedding light on the devastating gun-related deaths within the rap community.