The New York City Department of Education has started WakeUp! NYC—a program where students who have missed 20 days of school or more will receive phone calls with pre-recorded morning wake up messages from celebs like Magic Johnson, Jose Reyes, Big Boi, Terrence J and Rocsi, from BET’s 106 & Park and Trey Songz. 

“Through WakeUp! NYC we’re putting on a full-court press, using mass media and digital media to drive home the point that every student should be in school every day,” said NYC's Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a press conference announcing the program last week. “It’s the next step in our efforts to cut absenteeism and put more students on the road to success, in school and in life.” 

XXL agrees with Mayor Bloomberg’s message and wanted to extend our hip-hop efforts to the Department of Ed. Check out our picks for hip-hop celebrity pre-recorded wake up calls that are sure to motivate the youth to get to class. Here are a few wordsmith's best “wake-up” skits. You know we love the kids.

Ice Cube

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