Lum, better known as rapper Awkwafina, began her music education at 11 with the trumpet and went on to attend New York City’s famed LaGuardia High School (Nicki Minaj and Azealia Banks are also alumni). But it wasn’t until college that the Queens native invested in her music in a way she hadn’t before. “When I went to college, it became more of a hobby and that’s when I think I got the realest music education,” she said. “It wasn’t something that I had to do. It wasn’t an obligation.”
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