Rapper/producer Dr. Dre and recording executive Jimmy Iovine have made a donation that will fund food, medical testing, medical supplies and other needs in Compton.
“Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine have always been great advocates and supporters of the City of Compton,” Compton Mayor Aja Brown said in a statement. “Increasing access to food and vital healthcare are some of the most important ways we can make an impact for our community in this time of need.”
The donation will provide more than 145,000 free meals, and will also directly fund COVID-19 tests for those who cannot afford them, Brown said. Per day, about 30 people in Compton are tested for COVID-19 and on average 10 people are turned away because they can’t afford the test.
“As issues like unemployment, food insecurity and lack of COVID-19 testing sweep the nation, I hope that this contribution will inspire others to take action, get involved and support their neighborhoods in any way they can,” Brown said. “Even in a time of social distancing, this contribution is a strong testament to how we can still come together to support the communities we love.”
Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine have a long history of contributing to the Compton community. Dr. Dre was born and reared in Compton.
“Dr. Dre is a gamechanger, a constant source of support for our community seen and unseen,” Brown said. “He’s always there for our community, each and every time I call, and for that I am eternally thankful…. Dr. Dre’s love for Compton is undeniable and he is already strategizing how he can make a long-term impact in Compton as we prepare to strengthen our community and ensure that we remain Compton Strong in the years to come.”