Tampa rapper Pusha Preme stages Friday shoe drive and concert for Metropolitan Ministries

Jay Browne and Barely Legal are among the all-star bill at Crowbar.

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click to enlarge Pusha PremePhoto by Jason Ryan c/o Gasparilla Music Festival
Pusha Preme
Photo by Jason Ryan c/o Gasparilla Music Festival
The flyer for Pusha Preme’s March 5 shoe drive concert at Crowbar in Ybor City is styled after The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover which is on point because the lineup does feature a who’s who of Tampa hip-hop.

Two emcees from CL’s recent “22 rappers to watch in 2022” are on the bill (Preme, Jay Browne) along with a collective CL totally slept on (Barely Legal, from St. Pete, infamous for wild parties and a live set that’s gonna land the group on lineups at Rolling Loud and other mega festivals).
Be ready to see Browne and Barely Legal run through “Dat Way” but also bring shoes to donate as the gig is also Preme’s inaugural shoe drive where donations of gently used shoes will go to kids at Metropolitan Ministries.

“I remember as a child growing up, I was very insecure due to not having the popular footwear by the other kids in my class. Those feelings of insecurity are what sparked the inspiration to start this foundation,” Preme—who’s releasing a new EP Over Thinking Will Kill U at the show—told CL. “When I finally did own my first pair of Jordan shoes, it was like becoming a new man. I can't explain it.”

Help him pay it all forward this weekend.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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