Rick Ross Went From Rapping About The Champagne Lifestyle To Actually Living It, See More Celebrities Before They Were Famous Vol.17

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Before Rick Ross was a multi-platinum recording artist and CEO of Maybach Music he was William Leonard Roberts Jr. a Criminal justice student at Albany State. In the above picture Rick Ross, in a plaid polo button up, went from rapping about the champagne lifestyle in a Carol City FLA. trailer park to actually living a diamond lifestyle after becoming the hottest rapper in hip hop.


Before Game represented the West Coast on his rap albums he represented for Ms. Pettihomme’s 3rd grade scholars and their read for success program, becoming the school’s top scholar.


Before he was Ice T, Rhyme $yndicate Records‘and Body Count boss, the author of ‘Cop killer’ Tracy Morgan Marrow would recite literature to his fellow high school scholars in the dining halls at Crenshaw High School.

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Angela Bassett


Jennifer Hudson stole our hearts on American Idol as a plus size power house singer. Now the songstress is getting her sexy on after shedding the plus size label.


Before Jamie Foxx became an Oscar winning actor he was a prep star in the 80’s. The whole basketball team had to be mad with all his jheri curl juices drippin on the Floor however.

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Sometimes you’re not ugly you’re just broke. This is Badgirl RiRi before she had a make-up team.


August Alsina in the picture above had a rough childhood growing up in New Orleans with both his father and stepfather battling crack cocaine addiction, Alsina’s mother moved him to Houston, Texas in search of a fresh start after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Then, Alsina’s father died. Alsina had disagreements with his mother at some point and was “kicked out.” After his older brother, Melvin La’Branch III, was shot and killed on August 31, 2010, he became more committed to his music, and relocated to Atlanta in 2011 where he scored a record deal with Def Jam.

Starting with his breakout single “I Luv This Shit” with Trinidad James, Alsina made his dreams a reality. His debut 2014 studio album Testimony solidified the 23-year-old as one of r&b’s top talents.

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Heavy D & the Boyz were the first group signed to Uptown Records, with Heavy D as the frontman and only rapper. Eddie F was his business partner in the group, DJ, and one of the producers. The other two members, T-Roy and G-Wiz were the dancers. Their debut, Living Large, was released in 1987. The album was a commercial success; Big Tyme was a breakthrough that included four hits. Heavy D died 4 years ago on Nov. 8, 2011. He was 44.


She’s one of hip hop’s top vixens, but before her signature blonde buzzcut and confidence – Amber Rose struggled with anxiety and depression that often led to panic attacks during her childhood in Philadelphia. Rose, who has been unlucky in love, admits she put her dreams aside for boyfriends who ‘belittled’ her. Now, as a grown woman, she’s offering advice in her new book ‘How to be a Bad B****’ and revealing why she will never again let a man dictate what she accomplishes.

The cast of #Empire back in the day! #TBT

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Before they were famous the cast of Empire dig up their baby pictures. Who who?

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50 Cent, T.I., Zoe Saldana, Nene Leakes, Kandi Burress, Kim Zolciak, Cynthia Bailey, Halle Berry, Usher, Kanye West,Jay Z.

Jennifer Hudson


John Legend

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Back in 1999 a 16-year-old Lebron James had not a trouble in the world , even his hairline was fully intact. The St.Vincent-St.Mary sophomore brushed off leaving high school for the NBA… Why? it was simple he had three best friends: Drew Willie and Sheon. While Drew is now a coach Sheon is working on his dream of playing in the NFL Willie is just finishing up his MBA with an M.



Would you be surprised if I told you that this young gentleman , after being cut from a minor league football team because…(well he wasn’t that good) , would go on to be the all-time greatest , blockbuster movie stars of our time. He , AKA Dewayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is shown in the 90’s with his hightop fade , nut clutching blue jeans , an extra high turtle neck and yes… A FANNY PAK!

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Lil Jon and the East side boyz came out hard in 97 straight up gangsta. But a couple of years before you could have got away with calling him four eyes. Wow this picture make his lipps look GARGANTUOUS! Making the girls scream “ HELL NAW” ! instead of his now famous “YEAH! “.

Drizzy Drake as Aubrey Graham before he fell in love with doing hoodrat things with his friends because it’ fun. Try saying “ Aubrey “ gangsta?

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Denzel Washington has been a ladies man for so long with his famous smile but just imagine a less confident smiling Denzel?

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Even as a kid Jay Z was a Scholar. Nothing has changed, he may be one of the smartest entertainers of all-time.

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Remember the sweet little Miley Cyrus before her twerking years. I know her dad Billy Rae Cyrus does , (no doubt). He’s saying what happen to my little girl.!?

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Jamie Fox rocking the jheri curl like “ Ready for the world “OH Sheila!”

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Pamela Anderson plastic surgery was money well spent. It really did make her famous. LAWD!

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Star Jones , you go gurl!

USA Network Celebrates the Opening of the 2002 US Open

Michael Jackson: if only somebody got him some help on his self-image.

June 1971, Los Angeles, Michael Jackson

Mariah Carey was always the cutest … even without the breast job.

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , http://darnellmmusic@gmail.com/ or https://twitter.com/@darnellmmusic/

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