Drake To Build Recording Studio For Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion High School

(AllHipHop News) Young Money recording artist Drake is giving back to a local Philadelphia high school by promising to build a brand new recording studio for students aspiring to becoming performers. The “Started From The Bottom” rapper surprised kids at Strawberry Mansion High School with the announcement during a taping of an ABC News special.

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“In the next few months I’m building a recording studio inside your school,” Drake told the students. “This about you. This about your principal. This about your future. I love you. I care about you. I want to see you succeed.”

Strawberry Mansion was featured on a World News with Diane Sawyer special report in May. The “Hidden America” segment covered the school’s principal Linda Cliatt-Wayman, faculty, and students in a what was dubbed “one of the most dangerous high schools in America.” Sawyer returned to SMHS to do an update on the school’s progress and brought Drake along to speak with the students.

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Watch footage of Drake speaking with students from Strawberry Mansion below.

  • hoeyuno

    Good look!! And not to take away from the good deed but maybe Drake can bless the studio by rerecording the Wu tang forever track..just a thought

  • brotha_man

    hope the academics str8 in philly…or this school

  • Kmac_Jones

    Excellent, I wish more rappers would do this, get them kids off the blocks and into a class room doing something productive! Shit should be like high school sports if you aint got the grades can’t play

  • s0rethumb

    Took a dude from Canada to help out Strawberry Mansion…

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      naw meek has donated a gang of money to that school so far. check our facts

      • s0rethumb

        Just because Meek is hot now don’t mean he’s the only one I’m talking about and he might’ve donated money but what was done with it. Drake’s donation is tangible…

  • Reblogged this on HUEY mix wit RILEY.

  • Man, props to Drake for that move, probably the best thing he’s ever done in his career.

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  • You Got Me Hott Out Here!!

    A music studio? The last thing these negus need

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      last thing we need is your comments

  • KingsCountyCrooklyn

    nice gesture but these kids don’t need a music studio, they need to learn a trade or some kind of vocational training. something that can help them contribute to their neighborhood and society. every one that records in that studio won’t be musical success just like every good ball player in the gym class won’t go on to be a star pro athlete. they better off getting a state of the art computer programming class, all he’s doing is creating a funnel.

    • Tony G.

      and what exactly are YOU doing?

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      how can the fukkk can anyone tell this man what he should do with his money. they need to learn a trade huh????? so if i build a studio can the average dude just walk in, turn shit on and get it poppin???? FUKK No, you gotta learn how to do everything from recording the music to mixing and mastering. why do you think its called Audio Engineering???? they are going to teach them more than just come in and lay your verse. Besides even if pulls a few kids off the streets its better than nothing!!!!

  • drac215

    Thats Meek millz High School back in Philly. He also gave them 25,000 to help keep the school open. Now you can understand why his mentality is the way it is, going to one of the worst schools in America also means your hood is one of the worst!!! Go figure. peace

  • I am a big fan of Drake. Drake is one of the best rapper in Canada. It’s such a great news for this school.

  • Lee Ramakrishna

    This kind of addition to the school does a lot more than let the kids try to be rappers. It gives them something to have fun with , learn about, and feel good about. That all translates hopefully to being more interested in the academic stuff. We have seen only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Drakes influence and acts of kindness and concern. He is awesome at what he does for a living. But more importantly he is genuinely a good person and a positive role model!

  • i’mreloaded!

    Good stuff Drake. Drake one talented dude for real. Somethin tellin me some ignorant ass niggaz are gonna fucc da studio up or worse though. u know u cant give niggaz nothing, especially free shit.

  • jsj23

    These kids don’t need a recording studio, Drake must have forgotten where and how hip hop started, and who he mimics and tries to emulate, these very kids! trust me these kids know music! They don’t need a recording studio, they need a strong curriculum that will teach them the business and more about academia and the skills they need to overcome the current state of things. A music studio will keep them where they are and not take them to where they need to be. Drake aught to be praising these kids and thanking them for the music he claims to be “king” of. He can start with a generous donation and a thank you card, not a studio.

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      at least he is doing something!!!!!!. he isnt from philadelphia and isnt obligated to do shit!!! lets not forget that!!! lets not forget also that you gotta do shit to grab these kids attention. the recording studio isnt a school per say but it can still keep a few of the kids of the block for a period of time and they can work on a craft of some sort. we gotta stop bitching and telling people what to do with their money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • drac215

    They really need the Word of God via Jesus!!!

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