Bobby Shmurda is for kids. The 27-year-old Brooklyn rapper, who was recently released after a six-year stint in state prison on gang charges, is quickly becoming a force for good in his community. On Father’s Day this year, he offered free haircuts and meals, and he spoke repeatedly about how his experiences made him more socially aware and made him want to be a better model.
To that end, Bobby donated 2,000 backpacks full of school supplies to schools across New York City, including three elementary schools in Brooklyn, an all-boys middle school in Queens, another elementary school in Harlem, and Health Opportunities High School in the Bronx. Backpacks were filled with necessary items like folders, notebooks and pencils, and each school played a video message from Bobby himself, who encouraged the children to behave well and praised them as “unstoppable “.
“Please don’t give your moms trouble this year,” he said in the video. “And please don’t give your teachers any trouble this year.” I want to say that I am proud of all of you for your courage, your strength and your perseverance in school. Always remember that you are unstoppable. You can do whatever you want if you believe in it.”
You can watch Bobby’s video message below.