It’s maybe not what Philly’s Strawberry Mansion High School needs most, but it’s still a whole lot. And it’s what rapper Drake is giving.
In a segment that aired on ABC News Wednesday, Drake visited the North Philly public high school to announce that he’s going to build a recording studio at the chronically underresourced school.
“This about you,” the rapper told the screaming students. “This about your principal. This about your future. I love you. I care about you. I want to see you succeed.” Drake was reportedly inspired to give back after seeing an original ABC News segment on Strawberry Hills High back in May. The school has been widely referred to in media reports as “the most dangerous high school in America.” The ABC segment too focused on the violence and turmoil which is an everyday part of life for students, Diane Sawyer reported. “I caught this piece that Diane did, and by the end of it I was so heavily effected I started like questioning like major aspects of my life,” Drake told ABC.
Strawberry Mansion High students were, predictably, very excited to see the entertainer. To learn more about Philadelphia public schools and the current crisis facing the school district, read Colorlines’ dispatch from the city.