June 9th, 2010
He may be a college dropout, but Kanye West is doing his part to ensure kids stay in school. On Tuesday June 8, the Chicago-born rapper performed at three Chicago based high schools. This is the third year that Kanye has put on concerts for students enrolled in schools that are part of the Kanye West Foundation. The Foundation aims to curb the dropout rate in US high schools by providing kids with music production programs as an outlet for their creativity.
In addition to performing Run This Town, Good Life, Touch The Sky, and his latest single Power, Kanye was joined on stage by fellow Chicago rappers Common and Lupe Fiasco, who each performed their own songs.
The three high schools were chosen out of seven schools involved in the Foundation because of their outstanding improvement in grades, attendance and behaviour. At the end of the performances the crowd sang Happy Birthday to West, who celebrated his 33rd birthday on Tuesday.
Kanye appears to be carrying on the legacy left by his late mother, Donda West, who was an English Professor for 31 years and the chair of The Kanye West Foundation.Tweet