Hard-Knock Past: Celebs Who Went From Rags to Riches

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  • New Edition
  • Tyler Perry
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Mary J. Blige
  • 50 Cent
  • T.I.
  • Tina Turner
  • Bill Cosby
  • Bob Marley
  • Tupac
  • Lil Wayne
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Mariah Carey
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Jay Z
  • Mark Wahlberg

Nicki Minaj

The "Super Bass" singer's life was turned upside down at the age of five when her family moved from Port of Spain in Trinidad to a poor neighborhood in Queens, New York. “When I first came to America, I would go in my room and kneel down at the foot of my bed and pray that God would make me rich so I could take care of my mother,” Nicki toldRolling Stone. Clearly, her prayers were answered — and then some. 

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