Atlanta producer and rapper Lil Jon is the life of the party, but he also has a heart of gold.
Along with non-profit organization Pencils of Promise, the king of crunk recently opened a primary school in the Asuogyaman District of southeast Ghana and dedicated it to his mother.
“Yesterday was a special day for me and my family,” the 46-year-old wrote Friday, October 13, on Instagram. “We had a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of a brand new primary school in Ghana I funded along with @pencilsofpromise. I dedicated it to the Abomayaw community and to my mother. God is good.”
Established in 2008, Pencils of Promise has built 414 new schools in areas around the world where quality education is lacking. Lil Jon reportedly traveled to the West African country along with his wife and his son, paying tribute to his late mother, Carrie M. Smith, who passed away in 2013 and whose birthday is in October.
Ghana radio outlet StarrFM Online reports the school replaced a battered building in the rural area of the Asuogyaman district. Previously, children were subjected to attend school in sheds and would be sent home on rainy days. It also caused farmers to refrain from sending their children to school.
“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],” Lil Jon told the outlet. “I just feel like I’m lost for words of how amazing it feels to give the community something like this school.”
In Instagram posts, the “Turn Down For What” rapper showed videos of a classroom lesson and students dancing in a ceremony.
The school, dubbed Abomayaw D.A. Kindergarten, reportedly contains three classrooms, which are fully furnished, as well as restrooms and an office that will allow children in the community to learn in a safe and established structure.
“If you can provide appropriate environment for education it can make learning very easy for them,” he said. “I’m glad I can help facilitate that for these kids looking at where they came from (open basically sheds outside). You can imagine the heat and the obstruction. Now they have a well building if it rains.”
Lil Jon, whose real name is Jonathan Smith, also showed his charitable as a contestant on two seasons of The Celebrity Apprentice, where he raised $80,000 for the United Methodist Children’s Home in Atlanta and $195,000 for the American Diabetes Association.