Admit it: When you and your friends were kids, you probably all thought you'd be famous. You probably sat around at some sleepover during third grade and talked about the future -- one of you saying he'd like to be president, another boasting she was going to be a world-famous pop star. Fast-forward 20 years, and one is working in an office and the other is cooking meth.
But, as we've previously discussed, there absolutely are groups of childhood friends who all wind up being world famous, often via completely different paths. For example ...
Jay Z, Biggie Smalls, Busta Rhymes, And DMX All Went To The Same School
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Where you go to high school has a massive effect on what you do with your life -- it can determine the college you go to, your eventual career, or how many times your rap album goes platinum. For most of us, that last number is "none," but if you went to Brooklyn's George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in the 1980s, you apparently have to go out of your way not to sell a million records: Four of the world's most famous rap artists all went there.
Those four are Jay Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, and DMX. Obviously, some members of that group have had a huge effect on the musical landscape, whereas the impact of others is better felt in Steven Seagal movies but, nevertheless, they all began their respective careers in these halls:
Big Pimpin' 101 is their most popular elective.
While Biggie chose not to share his skills with his fellow students, Jay Z and Busta Rhymes actually had a rap battle in the school lunchroom. According to Busta, "That was probably the first time I lost a battle that mattered," which seems to indicate that facing off against Jay Z was his own personal Vietnam. Despite the fact that he wasn't the best rapper in the school, it is presumably some consolation that the man who defeated him currently has a net worth of over $500 million.
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He's "wears a handkerchief in his pocket and communicates telepathically with Bill Gates" rich now.