Fellow Toronto emcee, Mustafa the Poet, challenged the rappers to make a donation. Mustafa contributed $400 to the cause and tagged Drake and The Weeknd, urging them to follow suit.
“My Toronto Kings @champagnepapi @theweeknd. Swipe up & match my donation but add 3 zeros! Let’s help reunite black families,” Mustafa wrote on Instagram.
Drake followed Mustafa The Poet’s lead, donating a six-figure sum to the cause. The ‘Hotline Bling’ rapper shared a receipt for his donation on his Instagram story.
However, Complex reports that, at first, Drake’s donation did not go through.
“They just called fraud on my card LOL,” Drake explained to Mustafa.
”I donated 100k. They were like nah,” he wrote. Drake’s donation eventually went through, however.
The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye – also made an extremely generous contribution to National Bail Out. Like Drake, he donated $100,000 to the cause, sharing the receipt on social media as proof.
“Keep supporting our brothers and sisters out there risking everything to push for actual change for our black lives,” Tesfaye wrote on Instagram.
“Urging everyone with big pockets to give and give big and if you have less please give what you can even if it’s a small amount.”
Drake, The Weeknd and Mustafa the Poet are the latest in a string of artists to throw their support behind the African-American community, following the death of George Floyd on Monday, May 25th.
Elsewhere, Halsey was injured while attending a Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles. The singer-songwriter was struck by a rubber bullet fired by police.
“This hit me through layers of fabric and for that, I am extremely privileged. At close range it would have caused serious injury,” she wrote on social media.