Before they were rap's hardest hitters.
To be a rapper, you have to have street cred. It’s that simple. Especially, if you’re talking about getting money, having power and getting respect. You’re pretty much nothing without it. Both The Game and Meek Mill have been going back and forth for the past week and a half on who has the toughest name in the streets. Meek Mill has gone so far to pull pictures from Game’s alleged stripper days and that time he appeared on the “Change of Heart” game show before his rap career started.
But even the hardest of hardcore rappers had at least one time in their lives when they weren’t so hard. From starring in a ballet to working in law enforcement, these rappers weren’t so hard before they made it.
Before Ricky Rozay was rapping about drugs and other illegal sorts, he had a job in law enforcement. At the height of his success, 50 Cent made it a point to let the world know that the “boss” was a corrections officer. During their beef, he often called him “Officer Ricky,” adding to claims that Ross isn’t exactly as bad-ass as he says he is.
Before Busta became Mr. “Woo Hah,” he was a part of the hip-hop group, Leaders of the New School. The group eventually disbanded because Busta was somewhat girl-crazy. On one occasion, Busta was supposed to drive his fellow group members to a music festival when he failed to show up because he was getting it on with a girl.
If you’re not a true Tupac fan, you wouldn’t know this. Before he became one of the best rappers in hip-hop, Tupac studied acting, poetry, jazz, and ballet at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He played in Shakespeare plays and played the role of Mouse King in the ballet The Nutcracker. Right before his rap career, he was a backup dancer for the hip-hop group Digital Underground in 1990.