Rapper Illy Explained How He Got His Law Degree While Touring

Aussie hip-hop artist Illy dropped by 'The Project' to chat about his new single and explained how he wound up studying law.

"I didn't really pay much attention in high school and I spent the year afterwards in factories and doing furniture removals and different things," Illy explained.

But all that changed when a friend who was studying law urged him to sit a test that would gain him entry to a university degree. 

"And they must have mixed the papers up because I somehow got in and I had the option of keeping [on] doing what I was doing or study and I chose to study," he said.

The "Papercuts" rapper said that he had to teach himself to study again and that the whole experience was pretty wild as he began to mix university with the music career he'd slowly been building since he was 12 or 13.

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"There were times during the degree where I'd be like in a tour bus reading a book, play a show at night, get off stage at one in the morning, get on a flight at 5.30 in the morning to be at an exam at 9.30 in the morning to fail the exam by 12.30," he joked.

"And then be back on a plane back out to wherever the tour was in the afternoon," he added.

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Illy said that, in hindsight, he had no idea how he got through his double life of touring and studying.

"But at the time I was like, 'I'm not going to give up music so I have to make it work," he said.

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Illy was honoured to score a "congrats" from former lawyer Waleed, who conceded that there was one skill that Illy might have him beat on.

"You know what, you're a slightly better rapper than me," smiled Waleed.

Illy's new single "Then What" is out now. 

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