Pusha T might rap about the mean side of the streets in vivid detail but the G.O.O.D. Music president was swayed by an anti-violence message from a six-year-old St. Louis boy. King Push watched a now-viral clip of Lil J, who passionately pleaded for an end to gun violence in his hometown, which prompted the Clipse rapper to began a college fund for the boy along with other amazing gifts.
Lil J’s mother, LeeLee Cheatham, posted the video of her son asking for the violence in St. Louis to end. With alarming awareness for a boy of his age, Lil J’s word moved many before the clip made its way to the eyesight of Pusha T and he responded in kind with a letter promising J and his cousins trips to the local Six Flags, video games, books, an iPad and more.
From Pusha’s Instagram:
Dear Lil J, Hi my name is Terrence “Pusha -T” Thornton. I saw your video and I’m really sorry that you are having to deal with people shooting guns and hurting others where you live. A lot of people can’t imagine how hard it is being a kid where you are from, If I were you, I would be scared too. But I thought it was very brave of you to speak up and try to help your family, friends, and community.
There a lot of 6yr olds all over the United States who are scared just like you and guess who their Super Hero is…YOU!! Your video really woke me up. You are a thoughtful and smart kid at such a young age already, I can tell. You spoke so clearly about something so terrible in gun violence and fear, which is something no child should be speaking about with so much knowledge. I would much rather you taught me how to play video games or build a car or about the latest comic book you read and if you think Spiderman really is better than Batman. I know I can’t solve all of your problems at once but hopefully this is a start.
Excuse us, we have a little something in our eyes right now.
Way to use your platform for greatness, Pusha T.