5 Educated Hip Hop Icons You Should Know

We should be proud to acknowledge today's hip-hop artists including Chance The Rapper, Metro Boomin and recently in the news, Nicki Minaj and Jay Z have all donated their own money towards helping others achieve educational excellence. Let's take a look at some of hip hop's finest brainiacs.

Here are a few of the most intelligent hip hop artists you have to know in order to get a better understanding of the vast and complex history of hip hop.

From Ice Cube all the way to Chubb Rock these artists have displayed not only their musical talents, but their intellectual capabilities as well.



- As Ice Cube saw more of his friends get killed or sent to jail, Cube became determined to create a better life for himself. After high school, he enrolled at the Phoenix Institute of Technology, where he earned a two-year degree in drafting in 1988.



- Rah Digga was born in New Jersey, and went to study electrical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology after scoring 1300 [out of 1600] on the SATs.




- Despite disapproval from his friends, Ice-T managed to graduate from high school with good grades. Turning normal teenage delinquency on its head, he later admitted to "acting like I was ditching class when I was really ditching my friends so I could slip back to school."



- RZA’s second well-known hobby is chess, and he is a Director of Development and champion of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation. 


- Chubb Rock started his own band in New York, but after dropping out of medical college elected to set out on a solo career. Healthcare is still an issue near & dear to his heart, as he has recently been outspoken about disparities in quality of care for minorities.

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