Question of the Day: Why Do Rappers Hide Their Education?

- By Bossip Staff Categories: F*ck a Thug, News

Posted by Bossip Staff


Going to college is not a thing to look down upon, so why do so many rappers downplay their college degrees? Last summer we found out that so-called goon, Plies, went to college yet he rarely mentions it in interviews. Imposter Rick Ross also went to college, yet he insists on being a fake @ss drug lord.

What the f*ck is wrong with our community when people are running around saying, “Damn, I hope nobody finds out that I went to college….oh, but make sure to tell everyone I was locked up.”

F*ck a thug. Discuss.


  • JoeyPorsche

    because a bachelors in sociology doesnt count for shit.

  • sarah


  • gemini


  • gemini

    damn ya’ll… next time…

  • duece duece


    you damn right

  • Touche

    I think it is because in the hood it is not masculine to be smart and educated. In some African American households, education is not revered; therefore, some brothers shy away from things that make them appear “soft.” While most African American mothers understand the value of an education, and they really want their sons to get an education, in some cases, it is peer pressure and the media’s influence that prevent them from pursuing a college degree. What some brothers miss is that women find an intelligent man very attractive and powerful.

  • Jay

    Touche hit it right on the head….most fellas in the hood equate being smart with being weak.

  • Jay

    Jenny go sit down with that “White Man’s World” comment you just made… Sounds like you need to get an education yourself if that is how you see our world. The opportunities are there now for every man and every woman in our country, regardless of skin color, to achieve great things.

  • TruthBeTold

    Lets be real for a minute…Agency Heads (they guys on top of Jay Z, Jermaine Dupree, and Diddy) Do Not care to promote an “educated” rapper, after all what could they possible have to say thats entertaining. If it aint about spending money on ice, cars, & clothing why would people listen? Thats what they think.right.. Why would Plies or any other rapper brag about getting an education & owning something other than a record lable? Because its too influential on the youth, it Plies started rapping about buying real estate instead of RIMS, all the little black boys in the hood woud be RICH! & Industry Leaders know it, even the Jay-Z’s & “Officer Rickys” of the industry know it…but what do they promote other than Luis Vuttion, Ace, Cocain Sells, Abusing Women, Expensive Cars (that they rent themselves) & Sleeping around with numerous people?..I’ll wait…..Oh yeah let me not forget the occasional Obama shoutout or tribute hmp..They are playing on the weak minded & the more they are exposed the BETTER!

  • Teeheart

    I think it sad because our children (lil boys which will one day be men) think rapping an a thug life is all some rappers do, maybe if they knew they went to college an got an education they would feel the same…I personally love to know that these men went to college… em fake if you wannna they just making money an that aient fake……

  • Sydney™


    “I think it is because in the hood it is not masculine to be smart and educated. In some African American households, education is not revered; therefore, some brothers shy away from things that make them appear “soft.””

    I agree with this statement, but I think this problem also spans beyond the “hood” and is indicative of a larger cultural condition. Somehow, anti-intellectualism has gained a strong foothold in our community, and being a “thug” is somehow seen as having more clout than being a college graduate, or an erudite individual. Some view erudition as somehow “selling out” and being something unnatural, even associated with other cultures, i.e. “acting/sounding white.”

    And, sadly, it has proven to be profitable to downplay education in favor of promoting materialism, promiscuity, and violence in popular media, and the effects on youth are apparent. Too many kids aspire to be athletes and rappers — we need more doctors, lawyers, scientists, etc. I actually found out about Plies’ education through comments on a blog — think how influential he could truly be if he promoted his own college experience in his music, versus “goonettes” (or whatever the term is) and “bust it babies.”

  • slizzie

    Just shows you how stupid and ignorant our community is man. It’s very sad

  • dennis

    Because they are stupid.

  • dennis

    Our community is a shame. I am so embarrassed

  • Angee

    This is a damn shame, to think someone would go to college, get a degree and then decide to hide it so people would think you were cool!!

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