West Spends Birthday At School

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June 9, 2010 | 4:52pm EST

Kanye West celebrated his birthday on Tuesday with a series of free concerts for schoolchildren in Chicago, Illinois.
The rapper, who turned 33 years old, went back to the city where he grew up to perform shows at three local schools, along with his hip-hop pals Lupe Fiasco and Common.
West staged the concerts to reward pupils at Farragut Career Academy, John Marshall Metropolitan and Percy L. Julian High School for gaining the highest grades and hitting behavior and performance targets among a group of seven participating local institutions.
Common told students at one of the shows, “We want to congratulate you on the incredible job you’ve done in school. Whatever you do, be the best at it.”
The final concert, at Farragut Career Academy, ended with more than 1,600 students serenading West with a rendition of Happy Birthday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The star has staged similar shows in recent years as part of the Kanye West Foundation’s Stay in School scheme.