Skilla Baby To Host Firearm Buy Back Event In Detroit To Combat Gun Violence

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This initiative will also include a felon-friendly job fair, record expungement services, and driver's license restoration reviews.

Skilla Baby is part of an event this Saturday (February 24) at The Icon in Detroit that is an incredible initiative from a visible entertainment figure. Moreover, he partnered with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence to host a gun buy back event for folks to receive hundreds of dollars for ridding themselves of their firearms. Not only that, but the "Plate" rapper also worked with local city officials to put this together. The event will also host a job fair for folks with a felony history, record expungement services (with applications here), and driver's license restoration reviews.

"This Saturday I partnered with Judge Yancey And council President Sheffield to do a Gun Buy Back / Job Fair/ Record Expungement…" Skilla Baby captioned an Instagram post announcing the event. "THIS WILL NOT BE THE LAST ONE EITHER WE WILL TRY TO GET AS MANY GUNS OFF THE STREETS AND CLEAN AS MANY RECORDS AS POSSIBLE EVERY YEAR IF ITS UP TO ME…. DETROIT VS EVERYBODY. BIG THANK YOU TO JUDGE YANCEY AND COUNCIL PRESIDENT FOR SUPPORTING ME AND HELPING MAKE THIS COME TOGETHER. meet us @ THE ICON this Saturday @marysheffield @repyancey."

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Skilla Baby Announces Gun Buy Back Event

"We know the power of joining forces with a city, with influencers, with these icons,” Hannah Jones of the Brady Center told the Detroit Free Press of Skilla Baby's efforts. “That’s how we got together. But it started with his vision, and he knew, and his folks knew, that we focused on safe storage." "I know with my influence, I can urge people to clean their records, get jobs and get guns off the street,” the "Morant" lyricist added. “In the future, I want to do gun safety classes, fun stuff like that."

While being a rapper brings a lot of fun perks, like walking Devin Haney out for a fight, it also brings responsibilities. It's great to see folks recognizing their influence, their leadership potential, and using that to help those in less fortunate situations. Initiatives like this save lives, and hopefully this inspires more movements in other cities and hip-hop scenes. On that note, keep checking in with HNHH for the latest news and updates on Skilla Baby.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.