Posted by Robert
Rap News Network
2/1/2005 6:23:04 AM
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Rap artist and producer Kanye West dropped out of college to pursue a musical career, and he even named his debut album the College Dropout, but West still understands the value of an education, and he has launched the Kanye West Foundation to combat the rising dropout rates in schools across the country.
West will host a reception on February 10 to announce the new foundation and its aim to combat the dropout rate by adding more music programs. The rapper will also unveil a painting he commissioned from renowned artist Ernie Barns at the event.
The foundation's first initiative is titled Loop Dreams, and it is designed to support the fight to keep instruments in the schools, and to provide opportunities for 'at-risk' students to learn how to write and produce music while simultaneously improving their academic skills.
In related news, West is slated to perform at the Pepsi Smash Super Bowl concert in Jacksonville, Florida, on Thursday (February 3). He will share the bill with hip hop's OutKast's Big Boi. On February 13, West will attend and perform at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards where he is up for 10 awards, including Album Of The Year and Rap Album Of The Year. The Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
West is also currently working on a new album, Late Registration, which will be released later this year.
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