Puerto Rico is still suffering. That’s 3.5 million American citizens still suffering, and despite concentrated efforts, the Island Of Enchantment has raised less support than its fellow stricken lands of Texas and Florida, so… I made this. I figure it can’t hurt and I’m thinking about the island all the time anyway. I know PR isn’t a state, so this is technically deviating from the 15ths’ initial intent, but, oh well. Please forgive me and, if you’re able, please show the island a little love.
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Almost Like Praying
This bilingual charity song is only one way Miranda is helping the island recover; he’s also raised around 3 million dollars in collaboration with the Hispanic Federation and MoveOn.org.
Ricky Martin – Frio ft Wisin & Yandel
Between all the fundraisers and benefits he’s been involved with nonstop since the hurricane, Martin has raised nearly $4 million in relief funds via The Ricky Martin Foundation.
Marc Anthony – Aguanile ft Jennifer Lopez
Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez created a relief organization, Somos Una Voz, with contributors like Ed Sheeran and Vin Diesel, to help spread the message and help deliver supplies and build shelters.
Jennifer Lopez – Adrenalina ft Ricky Martin & Wisin
(…Aka this is actually Wisin’s song but Jennifer Lopez’s part is my favorite)
On top of creating Somos Una Voz with Anthony, Jennifer Lopez donated an even million dollars of her own personal wealth.
Don Omar – Hasta Abajo Remix ft Daddy Yankee
Before the hurricane, Omar was sending Puerto Rico some love by offering his fans tickets to his retirement show for only 99 cents. After the hurricane, he decided to donate the proceeds from that final 3 day concert series, on the island, to the island, equalling roughly $100K/night.
Daddy Yankee – Yo Contra Ti Ft Orquestra Sinfonica de Puerto Rico
In addition to donating $100,000 to the Food Bank of Puerto Rico, Daddy Yankee also made sure there was 200 gallons of diesel fuel to get that food to where it needed to go. Oh yeah: and then he donated an additional million dollars when he actually saw the island’s status. And then later, yet another million when he felt that wasn’t enough.
Fat Joe – What’s Luv? ft Ashanti
Working with Jay-Z and Tidal, Fat Joe is personally delivering much needed aid by cargo plane. Literally, we’re talking over 2 million pounds of medical supplies, perishables, diapers, etc to the island directly from New York.
Nicky Jam – Superheroe ft J. Balvin
Nicky Jam flew south to the island itself to volunteer, along with Ricky Martin and Luis Fonsi.
Wisin Y Yandel – Follow The Leader Ft Jennifer Lopez
Former bandmates Wisin and Yandel both worked at raising funds through United For Puerto Rico. Yandel also performed on Telemundo’s Todos Unidos special.
Elvis Crespo – Bailar ft Deorro & Pitbull
Crespo was involved in Telemundo’s Todos Unidos, a huge benefit to raise funds for those struck by the natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, and Mexico. He was joined by many others on this list, including Nicky Jam, Ricky Martin, JLo, amongst others. Together they raised nearly $13 million.
Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft Daddy Yankee
Fonsi lent his voice to Miranda’s Almost Like Praying and then lent his time and effort directly by visiting the island to help out in person.
Residente – Immigrants ft K’naan, Snow Tha Product, & Riz MC
Formerly of Calle 13, Residente’s gofundme page has raised a little over $150K, while he’s been using his concerts to host drives to collect food, toiletries, etc.
Pitbull – Baddest Girl in Town Ft Mohombi & Wisin
Pitbull sent his private jet to pick up Puerto Rican cancer patients, in need of chemotherapy, so they could be transported to facilities in the US.
Jay- Z & Remy Ma – All The Way Up (Remix) Ft Fat Joe
Working together with Tidal and Fat Joe, Jay-Z and Remy Ma helped collect donations for the cargo planes.
J. Balvin, Willy William, & Beyonce – Mi Gente
We started with a song where all the proceeds go to hurricane relief and so shall we end!
(1) Did you notice not everyone on this list is Puerto Rican? They’re not. I’m aware and chose to ignore it and focus more on what people have done to help out rather than completely on where they’re from. I promise next month I won’t swerve so far away from the state list rules. XD
(2) Yes, there are a lot of repeat performers on this list. You’ll notice a trend with the charities, names like United Together and We Are One Voice. I thought it important to carry over that trend in the playlist; no one sings alone, no one stands alone. We are better together.