Mason Payonk: Rapper Today, Lawyer Tomorrow?


Mason Payonk is junior legal studies major at LeBow who eventually plans to go to law school. He also minors in marketing and is on a marketing co-op at Drexel LeBow’s Office of Communications.

But co-op and academics aren’t the only thing on his plate. Payonk performs on the side as a rap artist. His shows around the city have gathered a respectable bit of attention. He’s performed with rappers such as Chris Webby and T. Mills, and even performed in front of more than 2,000 people with Schoolboy Q at Drexel’s Homecoming.

Despite his talent as a performer, Payonk says that he would like to go into entertainment law or criminal law in the future, perhaps as an agent (if he goes into entertainment law) or a legal analyst (if he goes into criminal law). “I probably have to decide soon,” he laughs.

As for his current co-op, Payonk says he really enjoys it. The chance to get work experience before actually launching his career is what attracted him to Drexel in the first place. “I’ve never had a full time job before, so I’m learning what it’s like,” he says.

Despite his busy schedule, friends can find him if they know where to look: One of his favorite spots is Food Truck Alley. You might catch him there eating pizza – his favorite food.

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