LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Louisville rap artist returned to his roots to encourage some Jefferson County Public School students to follow their dreams.

Rapper Bryson Tiller made a surprise appearance at Stephen Foster Elementary School just a couple of days after his performance at the Louisville Palace.

When Metro Councilwoman Jessica Green found out Tiller would be in town, she asked him to stop by to show the children that following dreams could have great results.

“We hear so much these days about keeping kids on the right track,” Green said in a statement. “Bryson has an amazing story [and] I wanted these kids to see if he can achieve his dreams, so can they.”

During an assembly Tiller told the students that English was one of his favorite subjects and led to him becoming a songwriter.

Tiller was a student at Iroquois High School and lived in south Louisville.

His TrapSoul album debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 and has sold more than 250,000 copies to date. Tiller will also tour Europe next month.