The rapper gave the gift of a $75,000 recording studio to a high school in one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The studio was finished last summer, but
Principal Linda Cliatt-Wayman told the Associated Press that budget problems and the school’s violent reputation kept instructors away until they got a music teacher, Ben Diamond, in early February.
"We thought we were going to be ready to go in September," Wayman said. "They've been dying to get in."
The recording studio was first announced in October 2013 when Drake met with school community members before he performed in Philadelphia
"This is about you. This is about your principal. This is about your future," Drake said at the time. "I love you. I care about you. I want to see you succeed."
Now, students are able to take advantage of the music equipment.
"Many of them don't have very many other reasons to be excited about coming to school," Diamond said. "To be able to give them an outlet for things they want to express is very special."
Josiah Showell, a junior at the high school, echoed his teacher’s sentiment, "The studio inspired me to bring out the love of music that I have inside me."