E-40 received a major honor from his alma mater after donating six figures to the university.
On Friday, the Bay Area rapper presented a $100,000 check to Grambling State University to improve the school’s music programs and support the marching band.
“I just wanted to make a contribution to my school, Grambling State University. So I talked to the Doc and she said, ‘Let’s see what we can do,’ and this was what I came up with,” he said. “I feel good about it, too. I feel really good. God is great.”
Unknowingly to the rap legend’s surprise, the Louisiana-based college honored him with a new recording studio called the Earl “E-40” Stevens Sound Recording Studio.
“E-40 has used his success as a recording artist to create an entrepreneurial empire,” GSU President Rick Gallot said. “We are so grateful that he is giving back to his alma mater in such a substantial way. Our current and future students will benefit from his investment in our state-of-the-art student recording studio.”
GSU’s Vice President for University Advancement and Innovation also chimed in and expressed gratitude for E-40’s contribution.
“Grambling State is incredibly grateful for Mr. Stevens’ appearance at the university and especially his donation,” Melanie Jones said. “It’s gifts like this from our alumni and supporters that are driving force that keep the university moving forward and creating bigger and better futures for our students.”
The multi-platinum recording artist briefly attended the HBCU in the mid-80s. However, during the 90s, E-40 left the university and turned his focus to advancing his musical career.