Lamont “Mont” Brown is a self-proclaimed “hip-hop humanitarian.”
“It’s a mix between Jay-Z and Rev Run,” says Brown, when asked to define the term. He says it’s not about getting money, but about giving back. So- how’d he get here.
Brown grew up near 66th and Chester Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. He was raised by his grandfather, a retired city worker, and his grandmother, who battled cancer most of his life. Brown’s father, was killed at 22 and his mother spent 20 years behind bars.
“It was my grandparents trying to raise a young boy,” says Brown, “so I had older cousins- and that’s who I hung with.”