By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Music students at a school in Watts got a big surprise Thursday when they arrived to class to find that a new state-of-the-art music production studio had been installed.

Sept. 30, 2021. (CBSLA)

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The studio was built in a classroom at Markham Middle School. The construction of the studio was done in secret and thanks to a donation through a charity created by New Zealand rap artist Lil’ Mussie.

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The studio includes beat pads, Fender guitars and an electric keyboard. The plan is also to add a recording booth.

It also has a plant wall that includes a neon sign which reads “Bread Wall.” It also has a mural which features Black artists who grew up in Watts, including Nipsey Hussle and Tyrese Gibson. The mural was created by artist Tehrell Porter.

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“I know that we can produce the next artist that eventually will end up on someone’s mural in their school,” Markham Middle School Assistant Principal Yumi Kawasaki told CBSLA.