High School for Recording Arts gives students chance at hip-hop career

Founder David Ellis says school represents 'every child left behind'

Simmons arrived just in time to settle the students down and get them focused before leaving the school.

"We're going there to handle big business," he said. "If there is any time for us to be serious, this is it."

While the other students goofed off in the State Farm parking lot, Savage kept a straight face.

High School for Recording Arts, located in St. Paul, serves 225 students using a combination of classroom instruction and independent projects
Nick Vlcek
High School for Recording Arts, located in St. Paul, serves 225 students using a combination of classroom instruction and independent projects
David Ellis, High School for Recording Arts founder, freestyles in one of the school's professional recording studios
Nick Vlcek
David Ellis, High School for Recording Arts founder, freestyles in one of the school's professional recording studios

"It's just really cool we get to do stuff like this," Savage said. "This school has helped me grow into a young man."

Savage is now in his sophomore year, but is a semester ahead in credits. He's planning on applying to Harvard his senior year, but hopes his music becomes a career. He wants to be a major-label rapper by the time he hits 21.

"I don't want to just be another one of my mom's sons that graduate," Savage says. "I want to be that one that takes my family to the top."

Check out citypages.com for a mpls.tv video featuring student interviews and live performanes.

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