ESPN - Gerald Green's journey from unemployment to hometown hero

His heart was willing, but Green lacked direction, doing what he could while wishing he could do more. That changed after he received a congratulatory Instagram direct message from Houston rapper Trae tha Truth after Green signed with the Rockets. Green replied, asking about the Relief Gang, aware that Trae tha Truth and Justin Rogers, aka DJ Mr. Rogers, had put their music careers on hold to commit to the cause.

Soon after, Green was a regular with the Relief Gang on off days, doing everything from unloading supplies at a warehouse the city temporarily allowed them to use, to meeting with families in need and working with the Rockets to secure corporate assistance from companies such as Rooms To Go.

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Hometown Hero LA Listening Party

Images from the LA Silent Listening Party of Hometown Hero at Diamond Supply on Fairfax.
Thank you to TI, DJ SKEE, Compton's Most Wanted, Affion Crocket, Lil Twist, Kelvin Pena and everyone I might have missed for coming out and supporting. 

T.I., O.T. Genasis, Ricky Bell (New Edition Young Buck), A.D., GuapDad 4000, G Code, D Ship Jr, Affion Crockett, Compton Menace, Dj Skee, Dj Base, Page Kennedy, Destorm, Lil Za, Lil Twist, Wuz Good, Eastwood, Cocaine, Marcus Paulk, Roy Purdy, Kelvin Pena, Slink Johnson, Cozz, Steve Lobel, Big Lonn (Taylor Gang) Rook, SosaMan TDot Ildude, D9GZA Edi (Outlawz), L.A. Leakers

Event Produced by: Urban Fêtes
Photography by: Ashley Barker

XXL Mag - Trae Tha Truth And Young Thug's New Song “Don't Know Me”

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Trae Tha Truth is just two days away from dropping off his anticipated Hometown Hero album on March 16, and we're getting another taste of what we can expect. After unveiling the official tracklist last week (March 6), the Houston native delivers his "Don't Know Me" record with Young Thug off of the project.

Trae, who is also now going by King Truth, teams up with the ATLien over the hard-hitting Moxii-produced instrumental, which also features a familiar sample from singer Avant's "Read Your Mind" hit song from 2003. The new song dives into the two rap stars' humble beginnings, but assuring doubters that they won't have the last laugh.

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XXL Mag - TRAE THA TRUTH THROWS THE FIRST PITCH AT HOUSTON ASTROS GAME

Taking a break from rapping and his usual charitable efforts, Trae Tha Truth was the guest at a recent Houston Astros game and got to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The "Can't Get Close" rapper visited Minute Maid Park for the Astros April 7 game against the San Diego Padres and documented his experience on Instagram. Sporting a custom white Astros jersey that featured "King Truth" on the back, Trae had a successful first pitch and was able to get his throw over the plate, even if it was a little high.

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XXL Mag - Trae Tha Truth Treats 60 Families to Supercross Event

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Article originally posted on XXLmag.com by Nick Mojica

Following his heroic efforts in Houston after the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey last year, Trae Tha Truth's work was noticed by motocross star Joshn Hansen who wanted to partner with the rapper.

Trae's Relief Gang charity and Hansen's Livin100 and Nut Up Industries recently teamed up to take 60 families affected by the storm to a Supercross event. “I saw what Trae was doing, and I told him, 'hey I want to be a part [of this] however I can,'" Hansen told Fox Sports.

The Supercross event is just the latest charitable effort from Trae. In December, his group partnered with Cigna and JC Penny to give Houston families in need a $71,000 shopping spree.


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XXL Mag - Trae Tha Truth To Relaunch His Animated Series On 420TV

Hip-hop has got lots of characters but not enough cartoons. Yet, Trae tha Truth is carrying on a long tradition of animated rappers—from André's Class of 3000 to Kid 'N' Play's eponymous series in 1990. The Houston rapper's self-titled 'toonwhich follows the 'hood hijinks of his friends, family and celebrity guests, is set to return at the top of this summer and will be bigger than ever.

The series—which has already clocked 30 episodes—will premiere 10 new shorts on 420TV, a new cannabis-centric video on-demand channel, set to launch online and on mobile apps early this year. The hilarious cartoon started in 2012, quickly picking up views and gaining popularity streaming online under the shortened title Trae.

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