Photos by Elaine Rackley
The crowd on hand for the fifth annual Feed My People Christmas Give Away screamed as Da Famous Boyzz broke out into a dance routine.
FOREST PARK — Da Famous Boyzz are giving their fans everything they got.
They left their audience yelling for more, following a surprise performance at the Fifth annual Feed My People Give Away on Saturday. The rap group turned the New Vision Christian Church parking lot into a stage as they excited the crowd.
Their audience was made up of 145 church volunteers, who help load cars for people who came to pick up a variety of merchandise during the event. Most of the people who were in the double drive-thru lanes either parked or just watched from their cars.
David Bishop Jr., Michael Belcher, Branden Barkley, Malik Ashley make up the Da Famous Boyzz.
Justin Armis of Teen Famous For Life joined the group during the live performance. The young rappers showcased tunes such as “Come On” and “P.H.P.” [Private House Party], which is on their latest album of the same name.
“I saw people giving away things, and it felt good to entertain people,” Barkley said. “When I saw the way the people reacted, it felt good. They were smiling and dancing with us.”
Belcher said he believes in order to receive they have to give back to the community that has supported the group from the beginning.
“It was only right to volunteer our time to get to where we want to be with our music,” Belcher said.
“Our way of giving is through the gift of music,” Bishop added.
Ashley said the Feed My People Give Away performance was different from anything the rap group has ever done.
“It wasn’t just a regular performance for us,” Ashley said. “It was actually for something we believe was very positive for the community.”
Da Famous Boyzz had a successful tour in New York City. They have opened for R&B artist Keith Sweat, and a pre-game show for the Atlanta Dream women’s basketball team at Philips Arena.
They are scheduled to open for the play “Deception” on Friday, at the Remnant Center, in McDonough, according to the group’s manager, Rosalind Bishop.
“The play is about a 17-year-old girl who contracts the HIV virus in her first sexual experience,” she said.