Rappers raising money for bottled water for Flint residents - WNEM TV 5

Rappers raising money for bottled water for Flint residents

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The Dayton Family, who brought you 90s rap songs like “Flint Town,” are back where their music career began.

They want to bring Flint residents clean drinking water.

“It’s so pivotal that someone steps up to be the voice of the people of Flint. Most of the people here are living off of fixed income,” said Ira Dorsey, also known as Bootleg from the Dayton Family.

“Even me personally, my skin has been effected from it. I’ve been having to see a skin doctor for the last four years,” said Matt Hinkle, also known as Backstabba from the Dayton Family.

The rappers have created the Dayton Family Water Fund. Its purpose is to raise money and recruit volunteers to deliver water to residents impacted by the Flint water crisis.

The group’s goal is to raise enough money to buy a semi-trailer full of water to give to homebound residents.

“This is a burden to most people. Most people have to decide between food, clean water or paying for their medication,” Dorsey said. “It was our obligation, job to get out and raise funds to help senior citizens and children get clean drinking water.”

Dorsey said they aim to raise $5,000 to purchase the cases of bottled water for home distribution.

The rapping duo said they grew up along Dayton Street in Flint and want to bring help to the people who have supported them in their careers.

“The end of the day, this affects us all. Even though our family members, like my mother, has to cook, clean and bathe with it. With just over 6,000 water lines replaced there’s still a lot of work to do,” Dorsey said.

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