Amazon Music and Prime Video announced through a press release that Prime Video will live stream Ye and Drake’s Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert. According to the streamer, the concert will be “free to stream globally on Prime Video on Thursday, December 9 at 8 p.m. PT, as well as on the Amazon Music app, and the Amazon Music Twitch channel.” It will also be available live in IMAX theaters in select cities and available to play on-demand on Prime Video after the event. “We’re extremely proud to collaborate with Kanye and Drake on this historic concert, in support of a cause they are both so passionate about,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “Kanye and Drake are global superstars, and this will be a can’t-miss, epic entertainment event for Prime Video customers and hip-hop fans around the world.” The concert will benefit prison reform organizations Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change, Hustle 2.0, and Uptown People’s Law Center.
Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and Drake have A LOT of drama together, with Ye even calling their feud “professional rap,” similar to sports rivalries. However, the two decided to put their differences aside to help a noble cause. According to a press release, Ye “returns to headline live stadium performance, first in five years, with special guest appearance by Drake.” The Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert will take place Thursday, December 9, at the Los Angeles Coliseum to “raise awareness and support for Larry Hoover and the cause of prison and sentencing reform.” “I believe this event will not only bring awareness to our cause but prove to people everywhere how much more we can accomplish when we lay our pride aside and come together,” said Ye in a statement about the concert. This would be Drake’s first performance since Astroworld.
Larry Hoover, former member and co-founder of Chicago’s Gangster Disciples, was found guilty of murder, conspiracy, extortion, and money laundering, as well as other charges, in 1997 and is currently serving life in prison. He has renounced his association with the gang, and Ye has been advocating for his freedom, even meeting with He-Who-Is-Still-Banned-From-Twitter about the cause. “With Ye, Drake, and J Prince united to advocate for my father‘s release, we can take our plea for redemption worldwide and show that we are truly stronger together. on behalf of any and everyone with a love one wrongly or unjustly incarcerated…. free my father!” said Larry Hoover Jr., son of the incarcerated Hoover Sr.
Tickets for the benefit concert go on sale Monday, November 22.