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List Rules A list of hip-hop artists with college, advanced, and honorary degrees

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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.

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Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 28 Rappers with Degrees
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Talib Kweli studied experimental theater at New York University.

Talib Kweli Greene is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Kweli also earned recognition through his work with fellow Brooklyn-bred rapper Mos Def, in East Coast hip hop group Black Star, as they are collectively known. ...more on Wikipedia

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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 28 Rappers with Degrees
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Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2006.

Donald McKinley Glover, also known by his stage name Childish Gambino, is an American actor, writer, comedian, rapper, singer, and producer. He first came to attention for his work with Derrick Comedy and subsequently became a writer for the NBC comedy series 30 Rock. He is perhaps best known for his role as college student Troy Barnes on the NBC series Community. After several self-released albums and mixtapes, Glover signed to Glassnote Records in 2011 as Childish Gambino. He released Camp on Glassnote on November 15, 2011. His second studio album, Because the Internet, was released on December 10, 2013. Glover was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2014, Best Rap Album for Because the ...more on Wikipedia

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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 28 Rappers with Degrees
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M.I.A. has a degree in fine art, film, and video from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English recording artist of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage. She is also a songwriter, painter and director. "M.I.A." is a play on her own name and a reference to the abbreviation for Missing in Action. Her compositions combine elements of electronic, dance, alternative, hip hop and world music. Arulpragasam began her career in 2000 as a visual artist, filmmaker and designer in west London before beginning her recording career in 2002. Since rising to prominence in early 2004 for her singles "Sunshowers" and "Galang", charting in the UK and Canada and reaching number 11 on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales in the US, ...more on Wikipedia

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Young MC is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 28 Rappers with Degrees
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Young MC earned a degree in economics from the University of Southern California.

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