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What did Drake, Nicki Minaj and Jay Z look like when they were just a bunch of teenagers surviving high school? You're about to find out...
Jay attended attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Downtown Brooklyn. He hung out in the school's cafeteria where he practiced rapping while pounding the tables and battled other students. Picture: Seth Poppel
Iggy Azalea looks barely recognisable in her high school picture! Going by the name Amethyst Amelia Kelly back then, the 'Fancy' rapper grew up in Mullumbimby, Australia, before later heading to the US in pursuit of her rapping dreams.
Nicki attended the prestigious LaGuardia High School in Manhattan where she initially planned to study music. However, she lost her voice on the day of the audition and ended up studying drama instead. She was known for sticking up for friends, occasionally getting into scraps to defend them. One former classmate said of her in an unauthorised biography that: "You could tell at LaGuardia what someone's major was based on their behaviour, and Nicki was definitely a drama major." Pic: Beyonce.com
Snoop was a golden child, he sung in Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church and was classically trained as a pianist. He begun rapping in sixth grade and towards the end of his time at Long Beach Polytechnic High School got into some trouble over cocaine possession. Picture: Idols/Photoshot
Drake dropped out of high school, ironically, to star in the high school TV series 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'. But he finally got his high school diploma in 2012 - aged 25 - after taking some time out to study with a private tutor. He scored an impressive 97% on his final test. Picture: octobersveryown.blogspot.co.uk
According to one biography, Will got his Fresh Prince stage name at high school. He was the class clown but was charming enough that he could get out of trouble. So his teachers nicknamed him "Prince", as in Prince Charming. He later added "Fresh" to it because, well, it sounded cool. Picture: Idols/Photoshot
From her 9th year of school at the Houston School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Beyoncé found fame during her high school years with Destiny's Child. Picture: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library.
The Game attended Compton High School. He was a natural sporting talent, earning a position as the point guard on the basketball team and later joining the track team. Picture: Yearbook
Tupac went to Baltimore School for the Arts, where he studied acting, poetry, jazz, and ballet. He acted in Shakespeare plays and even took on the role of the Mouse King in the ballet The Nutcracker. Unsurprisingly, he had already earned a reputation as a gifted rapper winning many competitions at school. Picture: Yearbook
50 was a talented boxer from a young age, competing in the Junior Olympics. During his senior years, he got into trouble for selling drugs and was sent to a boot camp, rather than prison, where he earned his high school qualification. Picture: Yearbook
Eminem didn't have a happy childhood and was reportedly once beaten up so badly in school, he spent over one week in a coma. Marshall went to Lincoln High School in Warren, Michigan but used to sneak into neighbouring school Osborn High for rap battles.
Puff attended the Roman Catholic Mount Saint Michael Academy in 1987. He was a skilled football player and his team even won the high school league. Picture: Yearbook
When asked about his high school days, Ye revealed that "I got A's and B's. And I'm not even frontin'." He attended Polaris High School in Illinois where from an early age he developed a talent for rap and musical compositions. His first rap song, which he wrote aged thirteen, was called 'Green Eggs and Ham'. He Picture: Seth Poppel
2 Chainz attended North Clayton High school in College Park, Georgia (where he was classmates with R&B singer Monica) and graduated second in his class. From there, he went on to Alabama State University. Picture: Yearbook
Pharrell was a member of his high school's marching band. He was discovered at a high school talent show, where he performed as The Neptunes, then a four-piece. Picture: Idols/Photoshot
Missy Elliott was actually moved up two grades in school because of her above average intelligence, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1990.
Back in 1987, Cube famously wore jet black curled locks as a senior in high school at the Phoenix Institute of Technology. Soon after, his rap career took off with NWA and the rest is history!
It's hard to imagine Lil Wayne without his famous face tattoos but the rapper looked very different in 8th Grade of High School. Weezy went to McMain Magnet in his hometown of New Orleans.