Local hip-hop artist rapping for 24 hours, raising money for coat drive


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – If you were in downtown Lexington Tuesday, there’s a good chance you may have seen someone standing outside rapping.

That’s Devine Carama, a local rap artist and the director of the non-profit for youth, “Believing in Forever, Inc.”

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Carama is performing every hour, for 24 hours, without a coat.

He’s raising awareness for the fourth annual youth coat drive, “A Coat to Keep the Cold Away.”

This year, Carama hopes to give over 2500 coats to kids who need them. On Tuesday, Carama said he was just letting people know how they can help.

He says some people have even been making donations on the spot.

“We had a homeless man actually come up and donate some change. So, to me, that really touched me because here’s a man who’s fighting for his well-being every day but even he gave,” said Carama. “That can be a lesson to all of us. It doesn’t matter how much you give. Just giving is going to help.”

Carama’s last performance is at nine Wednesday morning.

He says he wants people to know that anyone can make a difference.

“A lot of people think you have to have a lot of money, be a politician, or have a high title to lead… you don’t,” said Carama. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a bus driver, a janitor, a hip-hop artist like me with no college degree. It doesn’t matter who you are. You can still make a difference.”

Below is information regarding the different ways you can contribute to the coat drive.


Drop off brand new winter coats:

The Plantory at 501 W. 6th Street, Suite 250

Make checks out to “Believing in Forever, Inc.”

Make donations via Paypal or cash app to (859) 303-2637