From the East Coast to the West Coast, and from the Dirty South to the city of Paris, famous rappers all over the world have received college degrees. Some of these hip-hop stars earned their degrees after attending four years of college, while others were presented with honorary degrees for their contributions to the arts.
Who is the most famous rapper with a degree? Lil Wayne tops our list. In 2008, Lil Wayne received an honorary degree from the University of Houston. LL Cool J received an honorary degree from Northeastern University in 2014. At the time, he said, “For them to recognize my body of work and my contributions to the world of art is an amazing feeling.” Common attended Florida A&M University for two years in the 1990s. He was later awarded an honorary degree from the institution.
M.I.A. has a degree in fine art, film, and video from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Lil Jon spent two years studying at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia before going on to finish college at Ohio State University in 1993.
Talib Kweli studied experimental theater at New York University.
M.I.A. has a degree in fine art, film, and video from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
Young MC earned a degree in economics from the University of Southern California.
J. Cole graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. John’s University in 2007.
Aloe Blacc earned a B.A. of Linguistics and Psychology from USC.
2 Chainz majored in Psychology at Alabama State University. He received a basketball scholarship to the institution.
Guru earned a degree in business administration from Morehouse College in Atlanta. He also took a few classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Ice Cube earned a two-year degree from the Phoenix Institute of Technology in 1988.
LL Cool J
LL Cool J received an honorary degree from Northeastern University in 2014. At the time, he said, “For them to recognize my body of work and my contributions to the world of art is an amazing feeling.”
Mos Def (AKA Yasiin Bey) reportedly graduated from NYU.