You love boobs, even if you won't admit it in any audible fashion. It's OK--so do hip-hop philanthropists Justin Griffith a.k.a. G.O.A.T. (Grades Of Absolute Truth) and Vincent "Young Heartbreak" Tucker.
The duo teamed up to present Save the Boobs: Hip-Hop Helps Heal Breast Cancer Benefit Show, to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Hip-Hop Helps Heal (or 4H) is the brainchild of eloquent rhyme-spitter G.O.A.T., whose sense of social responsibility is present in many of his actions. Tucker is also no stranger to utilizing hip-hop's unifying strength for the forces of good. Save the Boobs marks his fourth charitable event since December 2007.
It all goes down at The Bone in Deep Ellum on Saturday, August 23, at 8 p.m. The lineup includes performances from Pikahsso and Tahiti, G.O.A.T. & DJ Three6t among others. There will also be a body painting showcase by 3 of 1 Art, live art creations by Artlovemagic and breast exam demonstrations. Check out what G.O.A.T. and Tucker had to say about the upcoming show, their philanthropic efforts and what they've got in store for the night after the jump. --Quia Querisma
What inspired you to participate/host in this event? Tucker: I think people who have witnessed the CWC Entertainment Group, L.L.C. movement have noticed that from the beginning we’ve wanted to make an impact in the community. From our back-to-school drives to volunteering monthly at the Salvation Army Carr P. Collins Social Center, we’ve consistently made our attempt. When Justin contacted me about being part of this event, I thought it feel in-line with our principles and felt I needed to be involved. I wanted to use my influence to bring light to a worthy cause. Plus, I’ve always had a respect for Justin’s movement, so I accepted the hosting position without thinking twice!
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Have you hosted any benefit/community shows before? Tucker: This will be the fourth one that I’ve hosted since last December. I’ve hosted two kids events put together by the Underground Hip-Hop Academy (U.H.H.A.) and I co-hosted the Pikahsso Helps the Homeless / B-Day Bash where we people donated clothes as admission that was donated to the homeless.
What can the crowd look forward to from you hosting? Tucker: I’m here to bring energy and personality! I would like to think I’m a charismatic person, so I’ll definitely keep the show rolling! I would also like to educate the crowd in attendance as well so that everyone that attends will be entertained and educated!
What other projects are you working on? Where are you hosting next? Tucker: Right now, those new to the movement can check out my online radio show, "The Vincent Tucker Radio Show". Syndicated by five online radio stations, our show is bringing that morning show appeal to Internet radio! I’m the Dallas/Fort Worth Street Team Leader for Rock the Vote and have my own voting initiative Register to Speak Out!, so you can see out at different events spreading the word on voting! I also just became the VP of Operations for D210 TV. I’m also hosting a slew of events. For fear that I leave one out; the people can check me out at my official website!
Tell me more about the H4. G.O.A.T.: H4 is an organization built on the love of music, where egos are left at home and people become selfless. It is an attempt to unify people involved in hip-hop culture in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. We pledge to throw two events annually to financially aid specific concerns of the community, such as hunger, disease, and abuse.
H4 (Hip Hop Helps Heal) is my vision. It is a collective of musicians, emcees, artists, painters, poets, models, videographers, photographers, graphic designers, promoters, music executives, radio personalities, & positive people. We do NOT consist of strictly hip hop artists. We welcome all genres, as long as you have love for the culture that comes along with hip hop.
I constantly hear that our city hasn't made an impact because we are not unified and we do not support each other. This is an attempt to unify our scene for at least 2 nights a year for a positive cause. It's our chance to show our community that this generation cares and that we can use our art in a positive way. Plus...I believe the public WANTS to do something positive, We just have to give them a chance to do it. You can check us out here.
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What can the crowd look forward to from you, musically? G.O.A.T.: You can expect intelligent, melodic hip hop with a rock tint, backed by a talented live band, with content ranging from care-free to thought-provoking.
What other projects/music are you working on? G.O.A.T.: One of my main focuses right now is solidifying a permanent live band. That is already in forward motion, along with a few other surprises that will appeal to every one of your senses.
I'm also currently collaborating with DJ Three6t on an untitled LP. We are in the early stages of pre-production, but we will be attacking this project full-force after the "Save the Boobs" event.
What other things should we look for from you? Three6t and I recently began working on a ten-volume collaboration series entitled "The 4 Track Sessions." Each volume will contain four songs. All four of those songs will be collaborations with a local or regional artist, group, or band that YOU might know. The first two volumes are in progress. When completed, they will be available for free download. We'll take our time with this, but stay tuned!