Drake is still the man of the hour, nearly a month after his
album mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late dropped.
But not only has Drizzy been giving music what it needs, a troubled high school in Philadelphia received a charitable donation from the famed rapper – not in the form of money, however. Drake gave the kids a recording studio!
According to Billboard, here’s how it all got started:
Drake became involved after ABC News aired a program focusing on Wayman’s tough-love efforts to improve the school, which serves one of the city’s poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods. Campus assaults have dropped dramatically since Wayman arrived two years ago, but academics and resources remain a struggle. Less than a quarter of Strawberry Mansion students perform at grade level in math and reading.
When Drake came to Philadelphia during a concert tour in October 2013, he invited members of the school community to a private gathering before the show. There, he surprised them by announcing the gift.
“This is about you. This is about your principal. This is about your future,” Drake said as his guests screamed with joy. “I love you. I care about you. I want to see you succeed.”
As far as the studio goes:
The Grammy-winning rapper gave $75,000 to help create the space at Strawberry Mansion High School, district officials said. Drake, a 28-year-old Toronto native, has said he was deeply affected by a news report on the challenges faced by the Philadelphia students.
Although the studio was finished last summer, Principal Linda Cliatt-Wayman said budget problems and the school’s reputation for violence made it hard to find an instructor. At long last, part-time music teacher Ben Diamond arrived in early February.
The students can’t wait to get in the booth:
“We thought we were going to be ready to go in September. They’ve been dying to get in” to the studio, Wayman said of the students.
While news of his kindness hits the ‘net, Drake’s in Dubai enjoying water sports with friends.
SOURCE: Billboard | PHOTO CREDIT: Splash
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