Ice Spice rose to prominence with smash hits “Princess Diana” and “Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2”, but what did her career path look like before she discovered rap? The Bronx native is one of Gen-Z’s most promising rappers, but did she go to college before finding viral fame?
Ice Spice, whose real name is Isis Naija Gaston, spent her youth attending a local school in the Bronx before being sent to Sacred Heart High School, a Catholic high school in Yonkers. Her high school yearbook photo even went viral on social media, and Ice Spice took to TikTok to confirm that’s really her.
Ice Spice fell in love with hip-hop when she was just seven, but it wasn’t her initial plan to pursue a career in the music industry. She enrolled in the State University of New York at Purchase, but eventually dropped out, telling XXL, “I left because I felt like I was in the wrong place.”
Ice Spice studied communications during her time at SUNY Purchase and also played back row on the school’s volleyball team. Even though she dropped out, her time at college didn’t go to waste—this was where she met a record producer, RiotUSA, who helped her release her first song “Bully Freestyle”.