News: Kanye West Keeps Mother's Mission Alive, Schools Kids W/ "Dropout" Concert

Thursday, May 21, 2009 2:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has announced plans to kick-off a Stay In School Benefit Concert in Illinois next month.


Yeezy will set the performance in his hometown in early June.

Kanye West has announced (through his Facebook page) a performance at the Chicago Theatre on June 11. But this is no ordinary event; it's the second Stay In School Benefit Concert. The event is sponsored by the Kanye West Foundation, which was founded by the rapper's late mother, Dr. Donda West, with the goal of stemming academic dropout rates. The performance will be taped by the Fuse network, and will air sometime during the summer. (Chicago Defender)

The event will also reward select students with free entry.

West is urging students to study hard if they want to attend the gig - those who demonstrate significant improvements in class attendance and grades will be given free entrance to the show. The community event is the first put on by the organization since Dr. West's death in November 2007. Initially titled the Kanye West Foundation, the organization was renamed by the rap superstar when his mother passed away following complications after plastic surgery. (Cinema Blend)

Ye's concert was initially the idea of a Chicago high school student.

The event was conceived by David Abrams, a student who was inspired to create an incentive for kids to stay in school after he listened to a story on NPR about a Chicago student turning his education around after his mother offered him two tickets to a Lil Wayne concert if he brought up his grades and stayed in school. Abrams went on to form S.H.O.W. (Students Helping Our World), which is run by a group of teens, supported by parents, and partnered with Chicago Public Schools, the City of Chicago, former Bears quarterback Kyle Orton and the Kanye West Foundation. (Live Daily)

While certain tickets will be free, the event will also feature a priced VIP section.

Tickets go on sale this week and range from $50 to $500 for the VIP reception. There?s more than just a concert going on?a lot more. Approximately 3,000 inner-city and Chicago-area students will get to hear Kanye?s soundcheck at noon and meet the rapper. (Time Out Chicago)

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