Drake to Donate Recording Studio to Philadelphia School

Rapper acknowledges Strawberry Mansion High School's drop in crime.

Posted: 12/09/2013 08:11 AM EST

Drake sees you, Strawberry Mansion High School.

In an effort to encourage the student body of "one of the most dangerous schools in America," Drizzy has announced a plan to help keep the students motivated, reports XXL.

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

The Toronto MC had seen a report about the school anchored by Diane Sawyer as part of ABC's Hidden America series. "By the end of it, I was so heavily affected that I began questioning major aspects of my life," Drake said. 

Philly has been struggling through major budget cuts across its education system. This school in particular has had four principals in the past four years and more than 10 violent incidents per 100 students per year. Last year, an assistant superintendent in the district, Linda Cliatt-Wayman, stepped up to the job of principal, and the crime rate has since decreased and the graduation rate has so far doubled to more than half the graduating class.

Drake, recognizing the students' focus and dedication, is also giving the school free tickets and transportation to his Dec. 18 Would You Like a Tour? show at the Wells Fargo Center.

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