Some high-profile rappers lent their names to a supply drive for Puerto Rico relief Saturday. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.
The last time José Martinez spoke to his parents in Puerto Rico was about two weeks ago, right before Hurricane Maria barreled down on the island.
"You don't know if they're starving, if they're eating, if they're — you know, at night when it's sundown. When its sundown, that's when I'm most worried," Martinez said.
He was among a group of volunteers that included members of the military, who packed boxes Saturday filled with food, water, and more to send to Puerto Rico.
"We need everybody to continue to donate," volunteer Ivy Cruz said. "That's the only way that we're going to help them rebuild."
The donation event was organized by the governor's office and Tidal, the streaming music company. Tidal chartered a cargo plane that will fly the donated items to Puerto Rico, and several hip-hop artists lent their star power to the effort to bring in a steady stream of donation.
"This plane cost $300,000 to ship this cargo, and you know we want to fill it up," Rapsody told me. "It holds 200,000 pounds — we know how helpful that will be."
"It's only right that you give back to the same people that are your fans and that support you, and you reach out and get people to help support them when they need it," Remy Ma said.
"We have a voice," Jadakiss said. "People tend to follow a lot of the trends and things we do, so helping out, rebuilding Puerto Rico, is definitely a main priority."
That influence that these celebrities yield is exactly what led two men to pitch in; they saw posts to rapper Fat Joe's social media about the Tidal X: Puerto Rico initiative.
"We got together, and it took us 12 hours to fill up this trailer right here, and it took us three hours to drive from Dover, Delaware and drop everything off," Delaware resident Jay Scott said.
Efforts that people like Martinez and some many others, who have family on the island, appreciate immensely.
"This support, it means a whole lot," Martinez said. "This means that this whole community, whether you're Puerto Rican or not, it's all coming together, and it's amazing. It's a big wow."
The event ended Saturday night, but people can still donate at tidal.com/us/puertorico