Houston rappers Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Willie D and others recently met with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to discuss solutions to inner city violence.
According to CW39, the rappers have opened accounts at Unity Bank in the Third Ward to stimulate economic development as a first step in improving conditions of the community.
Geto Boys alum Willie D stated that the goal of the group is to stop the violence and also “create an atmosphere of respect instead of discontent with our law enforcement.”
Willie D then continued: “You know, it’s very important that people understand that when we say Black Lives matter, we’re not saying that Blue Lives do not matter.”
Mayor Turner believes that it is very important for the artists to become involved because many in the community have lost hope for the future.
“There a lot of people in our city that have lost hope and people are feeling helpless,” Mayor Turner said. “People in many ways are feeling disrespected, and these individuals here- these artists- they have collectively more power than I do.”
At the end of the day Paul Wall just wants to make a difference no matter how big or small.
“Even if we save just one life it was a success.”