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11 Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers



Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers
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Music is not the only road to fame, even for some rappers. The likes of Cardi B and DreamDoll were already famous for appearances in reality TV. Shaq and Dame DOLLA had already made their names in basketball, while Drake and Jaden Smith were acting before rap.

The following is a list of hip hop artists who rose to fame before they became rappers.

Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers

Kanye West

11 Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers
Photo: Angel Laws West (foreground) working in the studio with his mentor No I.D. 6 October 2008

Kanye West started as a music producer. In the mid-’90s to the early 2000s, Kanye West produced beats for upcoming artists such as Grav, D-Dot, and the Go-Getters.

Kanye’s career break came when he began producing for Roc-A-Fella records. He is credited for making Jay-Z’s career for his contributions to the rap billionaire’s 2001 album The Blueprint.

In 2002, Kanye began making his name as a rapper when he released his debut Through the Wire. He made a significant entry in the rap industry through his debut album The College Dropout, which rose to second place in the Billboard 200 chart.


11 Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers

The four-times Grammy Awards winner started as an actor. In the Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, Drake played Jimmy Brook, aka Wheelchair Jimmy. The role ended when his character was shot in the back in a feat of vengeance by another character.

Drake acted in the teen drama until 2008, just a few months before dropping the mixtape So Far Gone, which basically made his career. Clearly, acting was not his calling considering his Billboard records, including the highest number of charted songs in the Billboard Hot 100.

Childish Gambino

11 Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers

You probably saw him rapping in This is America, one of his best singles, and wondered where else you had seen him. Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, has been on TV since the early 2000s as both an actor and comedian.

He was part of the since disbanded NYU-based comedy group Derrick Comedy, which had more than 200k subscribers on YouTube.

11 Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers

Gambino was also a writer for 30 Rock, an NBC comedy series. He also was part of the cast of NBC comedy series Community.

Even while in the world of TV, he was still producing music. He started making a mark in music in 2011 when he released his first album Camp.

Jaden Smith

11 Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers
<> at Cinemark 17 on May 27, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.

When you’re the son of Will Smith, fame is a guarantee. But Jaden is also an actor, who first co-starred with his father in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness. Other notable roles include The Karate Kid, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and After Earth.

He first ventured into music in 2010 when he featured in Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never. A year later, he released his debut mixtape, The Cool Cafe. He has since produced two studio albums and is working on a third.

However, he returned to acting in 2017 after taking a break to work on his music.

Cardi B

11 Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers

Her feisty personality and to-die-for looks had already made Cardi B famous on social media and reality TV. She started gaining a following back in 2013 by uploading funny yet honest videos on her Vine and Instagram accounts.

In 2005, she joined VH1’s reality show Love & Hip Hop: New York. The show showcased not only her feisty personality but also her musical aspiration.


Now, the Bodak Yellow artist and former stripper is recognized by Forbes as the most influential rappers of all time and is the only woman who has won Grammy’s Best Rap Album as a solo artist.


Like Cardi B, DreamDoll rose to fame through reality television. She appeared in the sixteenth season of the Bad Girls Club in 2016. Her getting kicked out of the show on accusations of bullying and assault only made her more famous.

A year later, she was on Love & Hip Hop: New York. That same year she ventured into music, releasing her first EP, Life In Plastic. In 2019, DreamDoll made a mark in the rap industry through a Tory Lanez diss track.

Bhad Bhabie


Bhad Bhabie, aka Danielle Bregoli, was already famous before music for appearing on Dr. Phil in 2016 as a troubled teen. She presented as disrespectful and effortlessly defiant and was quickly an inspiration for several viral memes. “Catch me outside, how “bout that,” she threatened her mother on the show.

A year later, in September 2017, she was signed By Atlantic Records in a multimillion-dollar deal. Her debut single, These Heaux, made her the youngest female rapper to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Nick Cannon


Nick Cannon rose to fame in 1998 through Nickelodeon’s sketch Comedy All That. However, before that, he was part of a 3-person rap group called Da G4 Bomb Squad.

The former America’s Got Talent Host quit All That to focus on music when Jive Records signed him in 2001. By 2003 he had released his first album but then paused his music career for a while to focus on acting and comedy.

In 2014, Cannon released his second studio album, White People Party Music.

Shaquille O’Neal


Shaquille O’Neal is more popular as a basketball player than a rapper. As a freshman at Louisiana State University, NBA teams had already started poaching him. In 1992, Orlando Magic drafted him, and the now-retired NBA player is considered one of the greatest.

Shaq also had music aspirations. In 1993, a year after becoming a professional NBA player, Shaq released a debut album Shaq Diesel, which received RIAA’s platinum certification.

In 2017, Shaq released a LaVar Ball diss track after the former NFL player claimed that he and his son Lamelo, who plays in Australia’s NBL, could beat Shaq and his son Shareef in a basketball game.

Currently, Shaq produces electronic music and goes on tours.


Before he was Dame DOLLA, Damian Lillard was already a successful NBA Player. His success started in college basketball playing for the Weber State Wildcats, and in 2012 he achieved the third-team All-American honors. That same year, he was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Lillard is currently a five-time NBA All-Star and is one of the only two players to have three 60-point away games in a single season.

He launched his music career in 2016, and has since released three studio albums, The Letter O, Confirmed, and Big DOLLA, which have all done relatively well. He now owns a record label, Front Page Music.


Before his two EPs, Sorry for the Hold Up and Take Me Serious, and his debut album Valedictorian, DDG was already a successful YouTuber. He started making funny YouTube videos of himself in 2014 and has more 2.2 million followers. It is estimated that his comedy YouTube channel makes $2,000 a day.

His most notable achievement in music is the single Arguments, which achieved RIAA’s Gold certification in 2020.


Lil Baby Shares Wealth Chart That Draws a Graph Starting From Poor to Super Rich



Lil Baby Shares Wealth Chart That Draws a Graph Starting From Poor to Super Rich

Lil Baby rose to fame in 2017 after his mixtape Perfect Timing became a hit. The 26-year-old has received tons of awards ever since and is still getting nominations for more. 

Just like his fellow rappers, the Errybody rapper shows off his expensive Jewellery and cool drip.

The rapper, who has a net worth of five million dollars, decided to share a chart that distinguishes the wealthy and the low classes.

The chart has sparked an online debate that might not end soon. If the graph got made by a famous person who gets a million-dollar worth of gifts on his birthday, we have to listen. 

The poorest people range between an income of zero dollars to five hundred thousand dollars in the graph. The next level is the middle class that ranges from $500,000 to 2 million dollars. 

After the middle class, we have the upper-middle category. Now, this class ranges between two million to four million US dollars.

According to the The Bigger Picture rapper, those who earn between ten million and thirty million dollars fall under the wealthy class.

There is a ‘poor’ rich people category ($30M-$80M), then the comfortably wealthy class ($80M-$150M), followed by the rich (150-200), seriously rich ($200M-$400M), Truly Rich ($400-$800), Filthy Rich ($800M- $2Billion), before we land to the most fortunate group the Super Rich($ 2Billion and above).

Where do you fall? Let us know below.

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Future Gives Relationship Advice That Works: Happy Valentine’s




Future seems to have the key to your future. When you listen to the Hndrxx rapper’s deep lyrics, you will notice that he has been giving fans advice for years. Not just ordinary advice, how to have a successful relationship kind of advice. 

In his music Turn On Me, Future advises men to choose money over the female gender because the cash will open doors for things like gifting their significant other.

The High Off Life rapper goes ahead to give a precise gift idea to get the woman you love, a Patek Philippe watch, that costs roughly 20,000 US Dollars. So if you get the money, you get the girl and then the watch. 

In addition to all this advice, the Throw-Away rapper went ahead to tell the men to get a ‘Boss Bi*ch’ for a girlfriend. A girl who knows her worth and fits perfectly, making the two a power couple. His tweets and lyrics also spoke on encouraging to better each other.

The 37-year-old said some of the other things include teaching your girlfriend to stay off the internet, love the girl you love, and stay away from the h*es.


We have compiled a list of tweets the rapper posted to help you, especially this valentine’s day. If you are working towards the future with your valentine’s, these tweets are for you. 

You know what they say, love can walk through fire without blinking. Happy valentine’s! 

Don’t forget to shout out your loved one in the comments below. 

ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 19: Rapper Future performs at “No Place Like Home” Concert Featuring Future & Lil Baby at Coca Cola Roxy on January 19, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

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Karrueche Posts Pictures of Her in a Thong and Almost Breaks the Internet



Karrueche Posts Pictures of Her in Her Thong and She Almost Breaks the Internet

Fans are over the moon after what Karrueche Tran recently posted. Fresh from break up with her boyfriend, Victor Cruz, Karrueche turned to the internet to get all the compliments she may need. For the fans, they loved what Karrueche Tran posted. 

Taking to her Instagram account, Karrueche shared a few photos, starting from a beautiful image to a sexy image. In the first photo she posted, she was wearing pants. Pants then removes the pants to show a yellow thong and bra in the second photo. She ends up trading her fans on the caption writing;

“Little Booty Chronicles 🍑 (yeah I know I forgot to cut the tag stfu)”

The photos, best described, were spicy hot, giving her fans something to dream about. Fans went crazy over the pictures, which currently have more than 450,000 likes and 5,000+ comments. 

Karrueche recently broke up with Victor Cruz after a 3-year relationship without stating why they broke up. As per a statement released by E! Online, the two decided to call it suits without any hard feelings towards each other. 

“Right now, they are focused on continuing to grow their successful careers,” explained the insider. “There are no hard feelings. This is just a case of two people moving forward in life separately.”

Karrueche went ahead and shared with the nine million-plus fans that she has a 6-month vision board that she will be looking forward to completing without focusing on relationships. 

The breakup saddened fans, and they took to Twitter. Here are some of the views they had: 

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Kodak Black and Lil Yachty Exchange Icy Chains to Signify Unity



Kodak Black and Lil Yachty Exchange Icy Chains to Signify Unity

As a rapper, being icy is paramount. Diamonds, chains, golden teeth, and an overall drip are basic things known for rappers. 

Recently, Lil Yachty and ex-convict Kodak Black posed to show off their icy chains. The duo exchanged their chains, and the pictures they posted might be considered the hardest in the rap scene.

Lil Yachty held Kodak’s piece with his hood’s name ‘1800 Block’ inscribed on it while the latter held Yachty’s anchor chain.

The duo did this to show that they are united. Immediately Kodak got released from prison; Yachty gave him a stack of cash amounting to 50,000 dollars as a homecoming gift.

Kodak Black and Lil Yachty Exchange Icy Chains to Signify Unity

Kodak Black got released after getting a lucky spot in Trump’s pardon list and has since made club appearances. His latest didn’t go so well, though, after someone aimed a red beam at him. Kodak’s security team quickly rushed him out of the stage.

He has since addressed the issue, assuring fans that no one is going to get to him. 

Other rappers who have upgraded their icy closet include Lil Uzi, who went viral after piercing a 24-million-dollar pink diamond on his forehead. Gucci Mane also got a 2.4 million three-piece jewelry set from his girlfriend, Keyshia Cole. 

Let us know what you feel about the duo’s exchange. 

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Doja Cat And Megan Thee Stallion Drop Steamy Pics Ahead Of Their New Music Release



Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion fans, know that a big music video drop will be happening in less than 48 hours. For the pair of celebrities to keep their fans entertained, they did what they could, give their fans mouth-watering photos the fans could stare at all day. 

The pair announced the release of the 34+35 remix music video, making it a highly anticipated event. Megan and Doha Cat took to their Instagram accounts, where they started exciting their fans for the soon to be released music video. The video will feature Pop Star Arian Grande in the visuals and is set to drop on Friday. 

When Doja Cat took to her Instagram handle to hype her fans, she did not mention the music video’s name that will be dropping. She, however, let her fans know that it will feature Ariana Grande and Megan Thee Stallion, making fans anticipate that the move was very intentional. 

She posted the picture of herself, Ariana, and Megan and captioned it ‘Thee Cuties.’ Even Ariana Grande was involved in all the commotion, exciting her fans on the much-awaited remix video. The short clip Ariana posted has already garnered over 5 million views and 23,000+ comments on her Instagram page. 

What stands out the most in the song is the dirty lyrics by Megan as she plays around with 6ix9ine’s name. ”I want that six nine, without Tekashi,” Doja raps. “And I want your body, and I’ll make it obvious”. 

Have a look at the steamy photos they posted and the teaser trailers for the video:

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