Namel “Tapwaterz” Norris and Ricardo “Rickfire” Velasquez are survivors of gun violence with a passion for hip-hop and a mission to engage today’s youth in a conversation about violence and its consequences.
The rappers formed a duo named the – 4 Wheel City, after becoming paralyzed from gun violence as teenagers. But their disability has not slowed them down and Tapwaterz and Rickfire have been touring across the nation brought their story of survival and redemption to audiences.
“When I was 17-years-old, I was a victim of senseless gun violence. My cousin was playing around with a that he thought was on safety at the time. And the gun went off and struck me in my lower neck, and left me paralyzed the chest down.” Tapwaterz – 4 Wheel City
In the light of the recent escalation in school shootings, 4 Wheel City has announced their tour with a renewed sense of purpose to bring awareness to this important issue.
To help build support and raise the funds necessary to make this tour a reality, 4 Wheel City has launched a Crowdfunding campaign.
The crowdfunding campaign set up in GoFundMe.com has a goal of $100,000 that will cover the cost of “THE MY PEER MEDIATION ANTI VIOLENCE TOUR,” which they hope to kick-off during the 2018 – 2019 school year.
The duo plans to travel to cities most affected by gun violence and offer one-hour long presentations at schools and youth centers. 4 Wheel City will be performing their original songs, sharing their story and screen the “Welcome To Reality” and “My Peer Mediation” videos.
The majority of the money raised through the campaign will be allotted towards acquiring a wheelchair accessible van and the rest will cover the cost of the materials to give to the students, expenses, and the production of a music video for the “MY PEER MEDIATION” song.