Earlier this month, after the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, rapper Killer Mike urged Atlanta residents to hit the government where it hurts: in their wallet. More than 8,000 people took heed to Killer Mike’s advice to bank black and opened accounts with Citizens Trust Bank, accumulating nearly one million dollars. Now, hip-hop artists in Houston are progressing the movement.
These are my friends and fellow rappers being the change that those who down talk them accuse them of not being. I salute the Rappers in H Town. Thanks for the call Paul Wall. Salutes Johnny Dang for being an ally to the community that u make money with. Special salutes to Brother Deric (Salaam Black man) & Willie D for using the moment to lead our dollars where there shud be. #BankBlackBankSmallBankLocal salutes H Town. Salutes TIP for showing cross south love like we always have & will do! #RIPPimpC
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Slim Thug, Paul Wall and Trae the Truth were reportedly among the dozens of H-town rappers that came together to open accounts at the only black-owned bank in Atlanta, Ga., Unity Trust. Their actions will signify a high-profile stance against gun violence and support for black-owned businesses.