Dr. Dre got a slow clap on social media over the weekend when posted on social media that his his 18-year-old daughter Truly Young was accepted to University of Southern California (USC) “on her own.” He was clearly take a swipe at the college admissions scandal but now that appears to have backfired on him.
Dr. Dre actually donated $70 million to USC back in 2013. NBC News reports, “Social media users found that he and producer Jimmy lovine made a $70 million donation in 2013 to the school for the creation of the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.”
After Twitter reminded him, he deleted the post, which read, “My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own. No jail time!!!”
The post was clearly a reference to rich Hollywood parents, top CEOs and others who were charged in an alleged scheme to bribe and cheat on exams to get their underachieving children into some of the most prestigious universities in the nation.
Dre, 54, and Jimmy Iovine donated $70 million to the university to create the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, which USC described in a statement as “a unique undergraduate experience.”
Iovine, a record producer who has worked with Bruce Springsteen, previously collaborated with Dre on Beats Electronics, the now-Apple subsidiary best known for Beats headphones.
“The academy was intended to create opportunities for undergraduate students whose interests span fields such as marketing, business entrepreneurship, computer science and engineering, audio and visual design, and the arts. The goal of the academy is to shape the future by nurturing the talents, passions, leadership and risk-taking of uniquely qualified students who challenge conventional views of art and industry,” the USC statement said.
At the same time, Dre’s financial contributions have also focused on high school students. He announced plans in 2017 to donate $10 million toward the construction of a performing arts center at Compton High School in Los Angeles that was scheduled to begin by 2020.
Students will have access to state-of-the-art technology, including digital media production equipment. Plans also included construction of a 1,200-seat theater that will be open to the community.
“My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve,” Dre said in a statement reported by The Los Angeles Times. “The performing arts center will be a place for young people to be creative in a way that will help further their education and positively define their future.”