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Rapper goes to law school in pursuit of stability


Roosh Williams

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A hip-hop artist whose 2015 album Unorthodox made the iTunes hip-hop/rap Top 40 is now a first-year law student at University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

Roosh Williams tells Law.com he chose law school because he hopes to practice entertainment law, and some day run for office.

“I’m 27 now, and I don’t want to be just a rapper. I’d like to get into politics and give myself some credibility of knowing what I’m doing, so I can help people in the right way,” Williams said in the Law.com interview.

“This may sound incredibly arrogant but I-at some point in my life, if I can find the funding-would love to run for president,” Williams told the Houston Chronicle in an interview earlier this month. “I’m sure it sounds ridiculous. But this election has been eye-opening for me. I don’t think any of these people running for president have any clue how to be in touch with the American people.”

Williams, a first-generation Iranian-American, did some substitute teaching in his hometown of Houston when his music bookings were down.

“Rap is very unstable,” he told Law.com. “It’s kind of eat-what-you-kill. I was looking for more stability—a way I could have more peace of mind and contribute in the ways I want to.”

Before leaving Houston for law school, Williams did a final Q-and-A with the Houston Press. “I wouldn’t say the Houston rap scene has drained me. I don’t think that’s entirely accurate. It’s natural to feel drained when you’re in one environment for an extended period of time,” he told them. “I need new challenges. I think you know just as well as I do … priorities shift as you mature. Focus shifts as you mature.”


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