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Drake donates $75,000 to help open Philadelphia high school music studio

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If you’re reading this, Drake has written a big check to a Philadelphia high school.

The 28-year-old rapper donated $75,000 to Strawberry Mansion High School toward creating a recording studio, district officials announced Tuesday via the Associated Press. Though the space finished construction last summer, the school found trouble in hiring a staff member to run the studio—until last February, tapping Ben Diamond. Now the students can maximize their usage of the space.

Drake learned of the school’s issues through an ABC News segment, noting the violence of the area and principal Linda Claitt-Wayman’s initiatives to curb it. While touring for his third album Nothing Was The Same in October 2013—with Future and Miguel along for the ride—Drizzy invited members from the school to his concert in town, shocking them with his donation.

“This is about you. This is about your principal. This is about your future,” the rapper said. “I love you. I care about you. I want to see you succeed.”

You can pick any (wrong) reason to dislike Aubrey Graham or his music. But this is too cool and is not the type of news item that pops up frequently. Good on you, Drake. Now the Philly kids can run through the studio with minimal production woes.

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