Balancing a budding music career and studying at university is no easy task.
London rapper Hardy Caprio is not your ordinary MC. The 22-year-old from Croydon has balanced a music career whilst studying at university. He has graduated a first-class degree in Finance and Accounting from Brunel University.
He’s got over a million monthly listeners on Spotify and performed at this year’s Wireless Festival, but Hardy says he “doesn’t even feel like he’s started”.
Hardy did not know just how hard both university and music doing would be until the end of his studies.
“You don’t understand how much work third year is until you hit third year, with dissertation and everything. That’s when I realised this is hard.
“I was getting in at like 5am from the studio and going straight to lectures and not sleeping.”
Life was made even harder for Hardy after his dissertation, when he says went into hospital for an illness.
It meant he had to miss his exams and take them in the summer instead.
“I was just annoyed because you know, you want to finish university with the people that you came with, and it got taken away from me,” he says.
But after finishing his track Unsigned, which gained more than 14 million YouTube views and saw him reach number two in the official UK independent chart, Hardy went back to studying
“It was one of the most hectic periods in my life,” he says.
One night he worked on an assignment in the passenger seat of a car while driving to a gig in Newcastle because he had a deadline the next day.
“That’s when labels started taking an interest, but I still had to revise when I got home.
“We’re talking about six figure deals, but then I’m getting home and I had to sit in my chair and revise all this accounting stuff.”
Getting a first-class degree is undoubtedly a great achievement, but Hardy didn’t do it for himself. He did it for his mum.
“I’m coming from an African household – your parents just want to hear that you go to university,” he told BBC.
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