Canadian rapper Drake gave away almost $1 million in cash to people in Miami.
The “God’s Plan” video upended the usual lavish efforts from music production companies, and instead showed Drake handing out wads of cash to struggling families, toys to children, scholarships to students and checks to a women’s shelter and a youth club in Miami, Florida.
“The budget for this video was $996,631.90. We gave it all away. Don’t tell the label,” says the message at the start of the video Before its release, Drake, 31, called the video “the most important thing I have ever done in my career.” Emotional fans took to Twitter with effusive praise:
“If you’ve seen Drake’s God’s Plan video and it didn’t hit your heart then I just don’t know. That man’s doing it right,” tweeted one man, Michael McGraw.
Hours later the Grammy-winning singer issued a challenge on his Instagram saying “let’s all watch the world be nice to each other even if it’s for 24 hours.” God’s Plan has held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the past three weeks.