You’d be forgiven for assuming that most if not all rappers are illiterate morons with no talent and just happened to get lucky. But you’d also be wrong.
As weird as it sounds most US based rappers have excelled through high school and college. But why don’t we ever hear about it. I guess being smart just aint cool these days.
Here’s a list a just a few Rappers, their background and their achievements.
Rapper Rick Ross was born William Leonard Roberts II in Coahoma County, Mississippi, on January 28, 1976. Raised in Carol City, Florida—an impoverished area of north of Miami—Ross always gravitated to the music of street-oriented rappers like Notorious B.I.G., Luther Campbell, Ice Cube and Tupac Shakur. After graduating from Miami Carol City Senior High School, he attended the historically black college Albany State University on a football scholarship, for a year, Ross started writing rap lyrics romanticizing the money gained from dealing drugs, an act that he saw as a child.
Christopher ‘Ludacris’ Bridges is universally appreciated for his consistency in the rap game. Unlike many rappers who come and go, Ludacris has been there for well over a decade. He attended GA State University where he majored in Music Management. After graduating, he founded ‘Disturbing the Peace’ records (DTP), where he recorded his first album in 2000. Ludacris has gone on to be a successful award winning rapper and actor.
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. aka Lil Wayne, attended the University of Houston where he majored in Political Science. Wayne is signed to Young Money Cash Money Brothers (YMCMB) records in which he co-owns with Birdman. He mentored other famous rappers such as Nicki Minaj and Tyga, both of whom are signed under his label. Wayne ranks at number 10 in the Forbes Richest Rappers List with a net worth of $95 million.
Tauheed ‘2 Chainz’ Epps, ranked the second best rapper of 2012 by MTV, attended Alabama State University on a Basketball Scholarship after finishing second best in his class in high school. He studied Music. He later transferred to Virginia State University in his sophomore year where he graduated with honours.
Jermaine Cole (J. Cole) began his college education at North Carolina before moving to St. John’ University in New York where he graduated with top honors. He was later signed to Jay Z’s recording label Rock Nation. Cole admitted that he chose the New York School with an intention of meeting Jay Z someday.
Sean Combs, commonly known as P. Diddy or Puff Daddy attended Howard University, a historically black college where he majored in Music. Combs is currently the richest rapper alive with a net worth of over $550 million. After graduation, he briefly served as an intern at Uptown Records before starting Bad Boy Entertainment. Combs also owns the Sean John clothing line and a dozen marketing companies.