They say to make it out the Hood, you have to sell drugs, play basketball or rap. These shouldn’t be our only choices coming out of the neighborhood. Education should be a choice as well and today here at Wayward Kid we showcase some of your favorite Hip Hop acts that chose to go to college.


1. Ludacris
Studied music management at Georgia State University (GSU).

2. Lil Wayne
Attended the University of Houston (UH) he ended up switching to online courses offered by University of Phoenix to complete his degree.

3. J. Cole
Went to St John’s University, major in communication and business he was the president of Haraya, a pan-African student coalition. He graduated with a 3.8 GPA.

4. 2 Chainz
Attended The University of Alabama, were he also played Basketball.

5. Common
Business major at the HBCU Florida A&M University.

6. Rick Ross
Went to Albany State university.

7. David Banner
Has a bachelor’s degree in business from Southern University.

8. Kanye West
Attended Chicago State University where he majored in English.

9. Chuck D
Attended Long Island’s Adelphi University, majoring in graphic design.

10. P. Diddy
Attended Howard University.

11. Talib Kweli
Studied experimental theater at New York University (NYU).

12. Cam’ron
Went to Texas JUCO
Junior colleges.

13. Wale
Bowie State University.

14. Ice Cube
Studied architectural drafting at the Pheonix Institute of Technology.

15. Childish Gambino
Graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

16. Master P
Earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Houston.

17. Mos Def
Recieve his bachelors from NYU.

18. Chance the Rapper
Received an honorary doctorate degree from Dillard University.

19. Phonte
Majored in English at at North Carolina Central University.

20. Plies
Played football for two years at Miami University before transferring to the University of Central Florida.

22. Guru
Went to Morehouse College.

23. Yo Gotti
Attended Southwest Tennessee Community College.

24. Stalley
Went to University of Michigan and Long Island University.

25. Rah Digga
Went to New York Film Academy
and New Jersey Institute of Technology.