Kanye West treated a series of high school students in Chicago Tuesday (Jun 8) to their very own private shows performed by the rapper himself as a part of his non-profit organization’s “Stay in School” program. Kanye, who celebrated his 33rd birthday yesterday, went back to the city where he grew up to perform concerts at three local high schools and brought along his Hip-Hop buddies Lupe Fiasco and Common.

The shows were held at Farragut Career Academy, John Marshall Metropolian and Percy L. Julian High School, all in Chicago. Kanye chose those particular schools because their students performed better out of 7 participating institutions in the area.

At one of the shows, rapper Common congratulated the students on their ahievements:

“We want to congratulate you on the incredible job you’ve done in school. Whatever you do, be the best at it.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, the 1,600 students at Farragut Career Academy surprised Kanye by singing “Happy Birthday” to him at the end of the concert. How nice!

Check out a few pics of Yeezy and his buddies Common and Lupe Fiasco below…