Rod Wave gave away $25,000 worth of free gas in his hometown – Billboard

Over the weekend, rapper Rod Wave donated $25,000 worth of gas in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida following record high gas prices. The giveaway took place at a local Sunoco gas station and hundreds of drivers showed up to fill up for free.

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Just last month, gasoline prices in St. Petersburg hit a record high of $4.40 a gallon, compared to a year ago when prices were $2.80 a gallon. gallon. The rapper, 22, first announced the giveaway on an Instagram Story.

“Gas high as f—. Ay, St. Petersburg, Fla., St. Pete, 727 – giving away free gas on April 9 at Sunoco on the 34 just before getting on deck,” Wave said in the story “April 9, I’m giving away $25,000 worth of free gas. So on April 9, 12 p.m., stop by and get a free full tank.

According to a report from Tampa Bay Weather, Wave’s mother, Charmaine Newsome, helped pump gas and organize volunteers. Each customer reportedly received up to $50 worth of gas, or about 12 gallons.

“It shows me he’s still humble,” Newsome said of his son’s donation.

The rapper, born Rodarius Green, saw his career explode in 2019 with “Heart on Ice,” which peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Its release in 2021, soul fly, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. He released “Cold December”, the lead single from his upcoming third album, earlier this year. Check out the lyrics to the song here.

Christy J. Olson