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Imagine having Jay Z, Biggie, Busta Rhymes and DMX all in one class... Here are just a few rappers and hip-hop artists who went to the same school.
Azalia Banks, Kelis and Nicki Minaj all attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art in New York before making it big.
Dr Dre attended Centennial High School in Compton during his freshman year in 1979 and as a teenager, Kendrick Lamar went to the same school (he was a straight A student!).
Jay Z, Busta Rhymes, The Notorious B.I.G and DMX all attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in downtown Brooklyn. Jay Z and Busta even had a freestyle rap battle in the school lobby... And Jay Z won.
Snoop Dogg, Warren G and the late Nate Dogg first met in 1986 at Long Beach Polytechnic High School and later went on to form the hip-hop group 213. At Nate's funeral Snoop commented on their first meeting, saying: “We didn’t know each other, but the music connected us. We built a brotherhood, a friendship.”
OutKast's André 3000 and Big Boi met in 1992 at Tri-Cities High School in East Point, Georgia. And thanks to their mutual love for rap, 1970's funk and hip-hop groups such as De La Soul, they joined forces and released their debut album 'Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik' in 1994.
Cam'ron and Ma$e attended Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics and were both promising basketball players. They went onto form hip-hop group Children Of The Corn alongside Big L, Herb McGruff and Bloodshed. Sadly the group split following the death of Bloodshed but Cam'ron and Ma$e went onto form solo careers.
They may have never seen eye to eye - despite sharing the cover of The Source magazine in 1997 - but Lil Kim and Foxy Brown actually went to Brooklyn College Academy together.
De La Soul's Posdnuos, Dave and Maseo all met at Amityville Memorial High School in Long Island, New York. And after their demo tape of 'Plug Tunin' caught the attention of record producer Prince Paul they began working on their 1989 debut album, '3 Feet High and Rising'.
Mobb Deep's Havoc and Prodigy were classmates at the High School of Art and Design in New York City. In 1993 they released their debut album but their most notable success came from their second album 'The Infamous' released in 1995.
Before they collaborated together on 'Street Money', Rick Ross and Flo Rida attended the the same high school, Miami Carol City Senior High School, just four years apart.
Like Wiz Khalifa, rapper Mac Miller attended Taylor Allderdice High School. And since then the Pittsburgh pair have collaborated on 'Cruise Control' and 'Goin Places'.
Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel of the Fugees met while studying at Columbia High School in South Orange, New Jersey and soon began rapping together. They later joined forces with Pras' cousin, Wyclef Jean and went onto release their debut album in 1993 called 'Blunted on Reality'.
Both Lil Jon and T.I. attended Douglass High School in Atlanta, Georgia. But the rappers only officially crossed paths when they collaborated in 2003 on T.I.'s track 'Stand Up'.