The late artist Juice WRLD just had some of his high school essays leaked, which cover his life in school and a history of rap.

Several of Juice WRLD’s high school essays have been leaked on Twitter, which cover a variety of topics from his life and aspirations to a history of rap.

In a paper titled History of Rap, Juice details the genre’s roots and how it’s been adopted by white musicians. In these first two paragraphs of the essay he also details how rap has evolved throughout the years and the difference between rap and hip-hop,

“Rap Music, a genre of R&B that includes rhythmic poetry put over a musical background. The background consists of beats combined with digitally isolated sound bites from other recordings. The first recording of rap was made in 1979 and the genre began to take notice in the U.S. in the mid-1980s. Though the name rap is often used back and forth with hip hop. The name hip-hop comes from one of the earliest phrases used in rap on the song “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang. “I said a hip hop, hippie to the hippie, the hip, hip a hop, and you don’t stop, a rock it to the bang bang boogie, say, up jump the boogie, to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat.”. In addition to rap music, the hip-hop subculture also formed other methods of expression like break dancing, graffiti art, a unique slang vocabulary, and fashion sense.

Rap started in the mid-1970s in the South Bronx area of New York City. The birth of rap is, in many ways, like the birth of rock and roll. Both originated in the African American community and both were first recorded by small, independent record labels and marketed towards, mostly to a black audience. And in both cases, the new style soon attracted white musicians that began performing it. For rock and roll it was a white American from Mississippi, Elvis Presley. For rap it was a young white group from New York, the Beastie Boys. Their release “Fight for Your Right To Party!” (1986) was one of the first two rap records to reach the Billboard top-ten. Another early rap song to reach the top ten, “Walk This Way” (1986), was a collaboration of Run-DMC and Aerosmith. Soon after 1986, the use of samples was influenced in the music of both black and white performers, changing past thoughts of what make up a “valid” song.”

In another paper titled High school has been quite an adventure for me, and I feel like my passion for music has gotten me through it all, Juice WRLD talks about his grades, work ethic, and plans for the future.

“High school has been quite the adventure for me, and I feel like my passion for music has gotten me through it all. I compare high school to an adventure because of all the ups and downs I have experienced. My current GPA does not reflect my intellectual ability or capability and I recognize that I have not demonstrated academic success throughout high school; however, I have always excelled in testing and obtained a 24 on my ACT score and I had a overall score of 31 in reading.

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I was diagnosed with ADD in fourth grade and I found it challenging to remain focused in the traditional school setting. This school year, I voluntarily enrolled myself in a program called Anchor that my that my school offers. The Anchor program allows me to focus on my goals and improve my study skills. Since enrolling in the program, my grades have improved tremendously and I am on track to ending the school year with a significantly improved GPA. I have a love for knowledge just not in a typical school setting, that is why I feel as though Columbia will be the perfect fit for me.

Throughout my childhood, I have always had a passion for music. I started playing piano at the age of four, started participating in band in 4th grade, and to this day I know how to play seven instruments. Music is what I looked forward to everyday when I went to school; music was my motivation to be successful. I continued participating in band throughout my first two years of high school, however, in my junior year I began to chase my dream of becoming a recording artist. I did this by writing my own music and going to a recording studio to record, mix, and master it. This did nothing but encourage and motivate my drive to take my talents to the next level.

I took immediate interest in Columbia college because of its diverse and artistic environment; I felt as though that is where I belong. After my visit to the school in this past October, I fell in love with the atmosphere and the academic structure that Columbia offers. I am willing to work hard and strive for success, being the best student I can be. My past does not reflect my future, but I have learned from my mistakes, and if accepted into Columbia, I will take advantage of the opportunity to be something great. I look forward to taking my career to greater heights while pursuing a major in Audio Recording, and a minor in Fashion Design. I plan to make the best out of my experience at Columbia and be the best that I can be.”

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