3rd Annual Tidal X Brooklyn Benefit Concert Raises Over $3 MIllion For Puerto Rico
Over thirty artists including Jay z, Cardi B, Chris Brown, Stevie Wonder and more take the stage in the third annual Tidal X Brooklyn charity concert raised funds for organizations focusing on natural disaster relief.
The concert took place at Barclays Center and streamed live via Tidal for paid subscribers. The event hosted thousands of guests who enjoyed a night of amazing performances for a great cause. All proceeds from the 6 hour long concert will aid the communities devastated by hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Houston, South Florida and areas in Mexico destroyed by a deadly earthquake
Hosted by radio personality Angie Martinez, the Tidal X Brooklyn concert promoted culture, artistry and community. While the concert will benefit many traumatized areas, it was clear that the island of Puerto Rico, still deeply traumatized by hurricane maria, was prioritized.
Tidal X Brooklyn became a night long celebration of humanity amplified by artistry. Rather than take the stage and critique politicians who dangerously lack empathy for Puerto Rico, every artist used the platform to promote love, selflessness and charity. The attention shined on helping Puerto Rico, not the lack of effort and care from the Trump administration.
The musicians made it clear that as they donate their time, craft and resources, attendees also played a major role in the amount of support tidal was able to show for the areas in need. The artists repeatedly instructed the crowd to applaud themselves for stepping up in a time of need.
Tidal was able to charter private planes to deliver supplies directly to those in need. No paper towels were thrown into the crowd as diapers, water, clothing and other supplies were transported to the caribbean. Video messages aired displaying messages from New York governor Andrew Cuomo who made it clear that New York cares about Puerto Rico.
Through charitable efforts, Tidal delivered over 500,000 lbs of supplies to those affected by Hurricane Maria and raised over $3 million for disaster relief efforts. Dj khaled presented a $25,000 donation from Childsplay clothing to organizations supporting Puerto Rico.
As the lights dimmed and the show began, Puerto Rican flags waved from proud islanders in the arena. ‘Despacito’ singer Luis Fonsi kicked off the show. Rapper T Grizzley, Nigerian artist Mr Eazi, Princess Nokia, Willow Smith, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Fifth Harmony and more took to the stage early on sending positive messages to Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands, performing their biggest hits.
Vic Mensa, Joey Bada$$, Jessie Reyez and gospel start Pastor Donnie McClurkin captured the crowd. Rapper Belly performed and added some interesting dance moves which the audience enjoyed. Daddy Yankee, Yo Gotti and Cardi B, all crowd favorites, brought a dynamic energy to barclays center despite the late night hour.
The show continued and as the headliners took the stage. Jadakiss performed 'why' and was joined by special guest rapper Fabolous. Chris Brown gave an energetic performance of several songs including hits 'Loyal' and 'Party'. Dj Khaled had the entire audience on their feet as he showed off his fancy footwork to 'Wild Thoughts', performing with Busta Rhymes, Machel Montano, Swizz Beats and Atlanta rapper T.I.
Fat Joe and Remy Ma performed Grammy nominated 'All The Way Up' and also some of their past collaborations. Fat Joe who has Puerto Rican and Cuban heritage lead Puerto Rico donation efforts. Fat Joe relayed the message that since the government did not step up, the ball fell in the people’s court.
Jennifer Lopez has also been on the front lines of Puerto Rico support efforts. Together with Alex Rodriguez and Marc Anthony, the Puerto Rican native hosted ‘One Voice: Somos Live’ which raised over $9 million. Jennifer Lopez took the crowd back to the Bronx. Her stage set up mirrored a subway train and performed many of her throwback hits and Fat Joe even joined her on stage for their song ‘Hold You Down’.
The moment everyone was waiting for, Brooklyn's own Jay Z, came to the stage and delivered a heartfelt performance. Jay Z performed music from his latest album 4:44 and also some of his older hits including 'Heart of the City' and 'N**** In Paris. Jay Z showed gratitude for every artist who performed and every fan in attendance. The show closed with living legend Stevie Wonder, the last act to be added to the line- up, who among some of his most popular songs, had the audience sing “if all lives matter do us right so this nation can unite”
The concert's overwhelming spirit of positivity, community and charity were not overshadowed.