*David Banner is giving back in a major way this holiday season.
In collaboration with his foundation, the rapper is donating a recording studio to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi as part of the ninth annual “Heal the Hood at Christmas” project in Jackson.
It’s the first of six studios to be developed in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs chapter, reports the Clarion-Ledger.
Overlooking the same basketball courts Banner frequented, the studio will allow kids to learn about various facets of the music industry, from songwriting, producing and performing to recording.
“I come back because I love the way I feel when I come in here,” Banner told the kids. “Now you see that I can give back, hopefully one of y’all can get popping from this studio and come back and give some more money.”
Boys & Girls Club President and CEO Penney Ainsworth says it will promote education and creativity.
“They’re going to learn to write, make beats and marry the two before going into the sound booth,” Ainsworth said. “We’re going to teach them computer skills and show how that affects everyday life. Hopefully we’ll get some David Banners out of here, some producers and songwriters out of here.”
The studio space located in a converted office features a state-of-the art computer with music editing software Pro Tools, and a soundproof recording booth. Jackson producer Leroy Jones, who runs Sonic Signature studios, renovated the space in just over a week.