Kanye West, Drake to perform Chicago concert in support of a fallen fellow rapper

LOS ANGELES — Kanye West and Drake will perform a concert to raise money for the Little Village Alternative School in Chicago, the two stars announced Sunday.

Dubbed “Yandhi Festival: Free Larry Hoover,” the Jan. 26 concert will be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Proceeds will benefit Hoover and his mentoring organization The Alliance of Fathers and Children. The group was created by his daughters and serves hundreds of children ages 5-16 and their families.

West has been a long-time supporter of Hoover and met with him last fall.

“A lot of people don’t know about the history of [Hoover’s] story. A lot of people don’t know about how it’s impacted me, and everybody else. So this is why I wanted to try to create an event for a community or an organization that I don’t really have a relationship with yet to just create something like this,” West said.

Drake’s upcoming album “Scorpion” was reportedly executive produced by West. The pair, along with Kid Cudi, have been working with “Scorpion” rapper Denzel Curry.

In 2016, West released “Ye,” the rapper’s seventh studio album, after a rocky end to his Saint Pablo Tour and Drake’s “Views.”

West, who is the founder of the GOOD Music label with his friend and collaborator Pusha T, Kanye West and Cudi, has faced his share of controversies over the past few years.

While preparing his 2016 album “The Life of Pablo,” West famously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. A year later, West tweeted in support of President Donald Trump. He was also caught on tape making a disparaging comment about Trump, saying “slavery was a choice.”

Drake’s most recent album, “Scorpion,” premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking the longest release stretch at the top spot since Drake reached the top spot in five weeks over the course of June 2017 and September 2018.

West and Drake have not yet announced additional performers or where else in the U.S. they might perform.

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