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Hip-Hop & R&B Community Respond to Japan Earthquake

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Many members of the music community have sought to reach out to the people of Japan via social networking platform Twitter, offering their support and prayers just hours after the country was hit with a devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake is reportedly the most powerful in Japan’s recorded history, creating 30-foot tsunami waves which have swept across the country, leaving hundreds dead and hundreds more missing, with tens of thousands of people displaced from their homes.

The hip-hop and R&B community has responded with its prayers, from feuding rappers like Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj, to singers Chris Brown and Ne-Yo, all tweeting their sympathies.

“What’s happening to Japan right now is indescribable,” tweeted Houston rapper Bun B. “These extreme acts of nature are getting more and more frequent. Pray for them and us.”

“My prayers go out to everyone in japan!!!” Chris Brown wrote. “We have to love one another and come together as a planet!!!!”

Fellow singer Ne-Yo tweeted.”GOD BLESS JAPAN. My prayers go out to the people of japan hit by that terrible earthquake and tsunami, as well as the people of hawaii.”

The outreach has come from all across the map, from entertainers, athletes and celebrities to fans. “I know were all busy…BUT pay attention the the news people…this could be YOU!!!” tweeted legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff. “Prayers sent out.”

“My prayers go out to everyone in Japan and families affected,” wrote rapper Lil Kim.

Nicki Minaj opted to let others speak for her, re-tweeting Red Cross info and the words of a fan, “Sending my thoughts n prayers out to Japan. And anywhere else affected by the earthquake/tsunami.”

“This is nuts but what can anyone do about it. Let’s pray for anyone who has lost someone,” 50 Cent wondered, after sending off several typically off-color tweets about “white boys going surfing.”

“My heart goes out to the people of Japan. Stay Strong,” tweeted Atlanta rapper B.O.B.

“Be Thankful for your life…So many humans are experiencing the worst day of their lives,” wrote a sympathetic Yelawolf. “My love and prayers go out. JAPAN WE LOVE YOU !!! – U.S.ALABAMA.”

In the pop world, teen idol Justin Bieber wrote a heartfelt tribute to the Tsunami-torn country. “Japan is one of my favorite places on earth…it’s an incredible culture with amazing people. My prayers go out to them. We all need to help.”

Some typically politically conscious members of the hip-hop community have been notably silent regarding the disaster, including Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco.


The United States will be providing assistance to Japan in the form of heavy equipment and military personnel. “I offer our Japanese friends whatever assistance is needed,” said President Obama. “Today’s events remind us how fragile life can be.”

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