IMAGE COURTESY OF TRU FOUNDATIONAtlanta hip hop artist 2 Chainz has made quite a splash in urban music circles with his line of "Dabbing Santa" ugly sweaters. When he announced the project, he promised to donate a portion of the sales to needy families. He made good this past weekend with a visit to unemployed and disabled veteran Deirdre Plater in Palmetto, GA. The rapper prevented the single mom and her family's eviction by paying their rent for a year and also donated new furniture to the household.
2 Chainz heads up the T.R.U. Foundation, a charitable organization whose mission is to give back to poor urban communities. Chainz (who also calls himself Tity Boi) grew up poor himself and, in contrast to the blingy, flashy, Trump-like image cultivated by many hip hop artists, he's always emphasized his connection to his roots.%embed1%
Here's a CBS 46 news report filmed during the 2 Chainz visit to the Plater household.
For our readers who don't follow ATL hip hop, "dabbing" is the 2015 dance craze promoted by artist on the Quality Control label (Migos, OG Maco, and Peewee Longway). Check out the demonstration video below. While Chainz, Migos and OG Maco's music often provides the soundtrack to daily production of this website, we can't exactly post their music here but if you're not already a fan, you're probably not going to be a fan.
Before our readers familiar with current street lingo point it out in the comments: dabbing the dance is named after the practice of smoking butane hash oil, something that gets users far more stoned than just smoking marijuana.
Points to 2 Chainz for taking care of his community and helping at least one veteran in a way that other celebrities and Congress have gotten around to yet. You can get your own Dabbing Santa Ugly Sweater for $39.99 at the 2 Chainz online shop. They come in a wide variety of colors and designs, including ones with black or white Santa and black or white Mrs. Claus. Santa sweaters are available with snowflakes replacing the pot leaves. There are also mugs, sweatshirts and onesies.
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