Hometown Hero

Trae Tha Truth Honored For Humanitarian Efforts

As a pillar in the neighborhood and one of Houston’s most altruistic figures, Trae leads the charge when it comes to helping the community.

By Shelby Stewart March 15, 2022 Published in the Spring 2022 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Trae Tha Truth has managed to aid thousands in need through his nonprofit organizations Angel By Nature and Relief Gang. 

While Trae Tha Truth has had an iconic career in the music industry as a solo artist, affiliate of the Screwed Up Click, and founding member of music groups Guerilla Maab and Assholes By Nature (ABN), Houstonians simply refer to him as “Hometown Hero.

Trae Tha Truth, born Frazier Othel Thompson III, is Houston’s bastion of hope — his reputation as a humanitarian, activist and philanthropist precedes his music career. During natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey and Winter Storm Uri, Trae was a salient figure, rescuing those from high water and providing warm meals to those without power. 

As movements fighting racial injustice around the country fired up, Trae was on the frontlines protesting with Black Lives Matter marchers in Louisville, Ky., for Breonna Taylor. He was front and center in Houston protesting the murder of George Floyd. When the holidays roll around, Trae is giving out thousands of turkeys to families in Third Ward and providing toys to families in Pasadena. 

As a pillar in the neighborhood and one of Houston’s most altruistic figures, Trae leads the charge when it comes to helping the community. He’s managed to aid thousands in need through his nonprofit organizations Angel By Nature and Relief Gang. 

The numerous instances where Trae is giving back and enriching the community led him to receive the Billboard Change Maker Award in May, and it’s no surprise that the “Swang” emcee was acknowledged again in November in Houston, this time by President Joe Biden for his community efforts — recognition he so rightfully deserves.  

“Coming from where I come from, nothing is ever promised,” Trae said in a video that shows him accepting the award. “I said if I ever got in a position, I’d be there for those in need, whether it be assisting the lil’ homies in music, assisting people who need relief or fighting on the frontlines for those who can’t fight for themselves.” 

The Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those who have put in more than 4,000 hours of community service. From Trae’s response to natural disasters in the states of Texas and Louisiana, back-to-school drives and his eponymous “Trae Day,” his community service surpasses that requirement. 

It’s easy to see that the rapper has a heart the size of Texas, and it stems from his experiences growing up in the ghetto on the southwest side of Houston, near Fondren Road and Airport Boulevard. Being disenfranchised himself has helped the rapper extend a helping hand. 

“I come from the streets. I am that,” Trae said in an interview with KHOU in May. Referring to what his fans and supporters notice about him when they see him: “If you look at the news or anything else, they’re looking at a 6-foot male with tattoos from head to toe, diamonds in his mouth. But they don’t see that. The only thing they see is, ‘That’s our hometown hero.’”

Trae’s humanitarian endeavors not only position him as servant leader in Houston and beyond, but as an entertainer who plays an integral role in society — bridging the gap between activism, community service and hip-hop.

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