Rapper Kanye West is encouraging teens in his native Chicago, Illinois to stay in school - by rewarding them with free tickets to an upcoming benefit concert.

The Stronger hitmaker will headline a show in Chicago next month (Jun09) for the Dr. Donda West Foundation, an organisation set up by the star's late mother in 2007 to help combat the number of students dropping out of school. And the hip-hop star is urging students to study hard if they want to attend the gig - those who demonstrate significant improvements in class attendance and grades will be given free entrance to the show.

The community event is the first put on by the organization since Dr. West's death in November 2007. Initially titled the Kanye West Foundation, the organization was renamed by the rap superstar when his mother passed away following complications after plastic surgery. (MT/WNWCHP/IG)

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