Rapper Lil Jon, known as the King of Crunk, now also qualifies as a king of good deeds.
The Atlanta based artist and producer has used his influence and proceeds from his music to commission and build a school in Ghana.
Jonathan Smith, Lil Jon’s real name, celebrated the completion of the primary school on Oct. 14. He posted a few images on social media of Abomayaw D.A. Kindergarten, a school he helped fund along with education organization Pencils of Promise. The school features three fully-furnished classrooms, lavatories and an office.
According to Vibe magazine, Ghana radio outlet Starr FM Online reported that the school replaced a battered building in the rural area of the Asuogyaman district. Students were forced to attend school in sheds and would be sent home on rainy days. During an interview, Lil Jon said he was happy with the school’s completion and that he made the investment in honor of his late mother, Carrie Smith-Williams.
“This is the first project we’ve done together of this kind and it is amazing to see the community come out to support [it],” he said. “I just feel like I’m lost for words of how amazing it feels to give the community something like this school.”
Added the rapper: “If you can provide an appropriate environment for education it can make learning very easy for them. I’m glad I can help facilitate that for these kids…”