Climbing to the top of the music industry has proven to be a long and relentless journey in the past, especially for genuinely talented artists without the privileges of a recording studio and networking. Well, fortunately for Strawberry Mansion high school in Philadelphia, a reported $75,000 has been donated by Drake to assist their dream of creating a recording studio. After viewing an ABC news broadcast on principal Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s efforts to improve the school’s academic standing and reducing violence, Drake opened up to an ABC reporter about how much this has affected him and how he inevitably wanted to help.
After watching a Hidden America report on the school, first aired in May 2013, in which Diane Sawer and ABC news producers followed the day to day lives of the school’s students during the academic year of 2012-2013, Drake told ABC that “I caught this piece that Diane did and I was like by the end of it I was so heavily affected that at the end I started questioning like major aspects of my life. It just really changed a lot about me“. During a pre-concert gathering of members of the school community back in 2013, the “6 god” MC said, “this is about you. This is about your principal. This is about your future. I love you. I care about you. I want to see you succeed“.
Thanks to the help of Drake, the school’s $75,000 recording studio was finally completed last summer. Jam-packed with acoustical accessories and various recording and mixing gear, the students finally have the opportunity to be creative and innovative, to aspire to be something big in the future. I think it is safe to say that although his music may not be everyone’s cup of tea, he most definitely knows how to make people happy.