Bizzy Bone Launches Homeless Outreach Campaign, Preps New Album
After a long struggle with drug and alcohol abuse, Ohio rapper Bizzy Bone is clean and has announced plans to launch an outreach campaign. The project, called "Walk In My Shoes," will form alliances and partnerships with non-profit homeless organizations, beginning with his hometown of Columbus.
In 2004, while struggling with his addiction, Bizzy attempted to walk on foot from Columbus to Cleveland - living and sleeping on the streets as he made his journey.
"I've learned more about life from the homeless, who are the ultimate survivors than I have anywhere else. I admire them. I've learned a lot about respect because I've seen and lived their struggles first hand. When I realized I could be useful in communicating what I had learned, I thought maybe it would inspire other people to educate themselves on this issue and do some good," Bizzy said via statement.
Bizzy has previously sponsored dinners, as well as holiday toy and clothing giveaways, for the homeless in the Columbus area.
"Working on the Walk in My Shoes campaign is a great experience," Bizzy added. "Encouragement, comfort and hope runs all through this project. There are so many people who have nothing, while others take so much for granted. I think we owe it to ourselves to look at life as a gift and try to enjoy every minute. People need to hear and see that life is worth living and that even when times are tough, we have a God of hope, who believes in us, and love us unconditionally. I can't wait to drop some knowledge of what I've learned on the fans who understand where I'm coming from."
In related news, Bizzy recently inked a deal with Virgin Records of America and After Platinum Records. His label debut, A Song For You is slated for release later this year. Imperial Records, the urban label and artist development unit of Caroline/EMI music will assist in marketing and promoting the new album.
Bizzy currently has no plans to reunite with Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony.
For more information on Bizzy and to listen to tracks from his upcoming album, visit his myspace page.