Canadian Jewish rapper Drake gave away $1 million instead of spending it on his latest music video, released Friday, saying it was “the most important thing I have ever done in my career.”
The new video for the rap star’s single, “God’s Plan,” begins by stating that the budget to film the clip was $996,631. “We gave it all away,” the video states, “don’t tell the label.”
The video shows the rapper giving away money in Miami, including a $50,000 scholarship to a University of Miami student. He surprises other Miami residents with wads of cash and goes into a supermarket announcing to customers that everything they want to buy is on him. He donates money to a women’s shelter and $25,000 to an after-school program.
“We’re nothing without our mothers,” Drake tells a young man at the very end of the video. “Gotta make sure you take care of your mom, too, no matter what you do. It’s all we got. Trust me. That’s my world.”
Drake (real name Aubrey Drake Graham) was raised by his Jewish mother, Sandi Graham (née Sher), after she split from his father, Dennis Graham.