Stars Born and Raised in Philly

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  • Kobe Bryant
  • Boyz II Men
  • Eve
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff
  • Holly Robinson Peete
  • Beanie Sigel
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
  • Phyllis Hyman
  • Paul Robeson
  • Kevin Hart
  • The Roots
  • Will Smith
  • Jill Scott
  • Bill Cosby
  • Amber Rose
  • Lee Daniels


The Ruff Ryder grew up singing in the church choir before she dabbled in various girl groups at Martin Luther King High School in Germantown. While her first love was singing, she discovered her talents as a rapper after her group's manager suggested she try it. After high school, Eve made the move to Los Angeles where she started working with Dr. Dre and eventually DMX. The rest is hip hop history.

(Photo: Alberto Reyes/

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