As the month of October approaches, colleges and universities nationally are gearing up for homecoming weekend. Stadiums will be adorned in collegiate colors as students and alum all come together in school spirit.
J.Cole, Wale, and Kanye West are the most popular faces of school spirt in the hip hop industry, but they aren’t the only rappers that are both book and street smart. Here is a list of 5 Hip Hop figures that you may or may not have known attended college!
1. Lil’ Wayne
School: University of Houston and University of Phoenix
Dwyane Carter jr. aka Lil’ Wayne has held a place on many of our frequently played playlists for over a decade. Wayne began his career as the youngest member of Cash Money records in the 1990’s, and has since been nominated for several Grammy awards.
Achieving much success as an artist; Wayne began studying psychology at the University of Houston in 2005 to pay homage to his mother. When this became too hectic, he decided to continue his degree online at the University of Phoenix.
School: Georgia State University
Major: Music Management
While he assured us that he’d never miss a homecoming at Howard University on his hit single “Pimpin all over the world,” the success of Christopher Bridges aka Ludacris started long before he founded Disturbing Tha Peace Records. Born with an innate love for music, Ludacris studied Music Management at Georgia State University in Atlanta and even Dj’d for Atlanta’s Hot 107.9 while enrolled in school.
3. David Banner
School: Southern University and University of Maryland
Now a dominant voice in the hip hop discussion around the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Lavell Crump aka David Banner is best known for his early 2000’s single “Like a Pimp”. In addition to his success in the music industry as both an artist and producer, Banner earned a degree in business at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. While attending SU he also served as the student government president. Banner later went on to earn a masters degree in education at the University of Maryland and graduated top 5 in his class.
4. Yo Gotti
School: Southwest Tennessee Community College
With hits like “Errrbody,” “Act Right,” and “I know” Mario Mims better known as Yo Gotti knew that he wanted to attend college right out of high school. While he was unable to attend his top choice, Tennessee State University, he persistently enrolled in Southwest Tennessee Community College with ambitions to transfer until realizing that it was time for him to venture into his music career.
5. Childish Gambino
School: New York University
Major: Dramatic Writing
Donald Glover jr. aka Childish Gambino debuted his music career with his first album “Camp” back in 2011 after years of starring in the NBC sitcom “Community”. In 2013 Gambino released his second album “Because the Internet” which earned him two Grammy nominations in 2014. Before all of his mainstream success, Gambino studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he graduated with a degree in dramatic writing.
Much like the lives of these artists homecoming weekend is always full of surprises. So if you see one of these guys in the bleachers beneath you, be sure to say hello!