Victoria rap, hip hop and R&B musicians host benefit Saturday for member with kidney problems

Aug. 23, 2012 at 3:23 a.m.

When John White was 19, he treated the Victoria County Jail a lot like a revolving door.

That's where he met the late sheriff deputy Henry Lee Harvey.

And that's when his life changed forever.

"He would see me almost every weekend. He told me to stay out of trouble and gave me his phone number," White said, adding he joined Harvey's local rap, hip hop and R&B group Drop Top-EMG soon after. "He just changed my whole perspective on life."

Harvey died two years ago, White said.

For the fourth year in a row, Drop Top-EMG, along with Tony Morales, Fresh and DJ DTM, will host a car show and barbecue benefit to honor his memory on Saturday.

This year, they'll also raise money for White, who incurred medical costs after he was diagnosed with kidney problems in October 2011.

The benefit is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the concert is from 1 to 10 p.m. at Riverside Park's special events center, 476 McCright Drive. It's free, but a barbecue plate costs $6.

Acts include ICE, Gecko, Mr. Hollywood, D Smooth, Novacane, Tank C, Blowed Out Records, Special Ed, Young Boss and OG Mack.

Last year, about 300 people showed up, Morales said.

"We're trying to get as many people out there to help out one of our own," he said.

Organizer Daryl Bland agreed.

"If you go to Houston or Corpus Christi, you're going to have to pay money to walk through the door to see them," he said.

Bland also said White would give anyone the shirt off his back.

"That's just the type of person he is," Bland said. "If we can make a million dollars just to help that man, to help that man stay alive, I want a million dollars. This is a serious situation."

For information about the event, call 361-876-7031.



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