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

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  • Jay Z
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • 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

New Edition

New Edition was one of the hottest groups of the '80s and the precursor to the boy band movement, but the quintet formed not through a casting call of showbiz kids, but on the playground of Boston's Orchard Park housing projects. The elementary school friends hooked up with a local manager after a talent show, and the rest is music history. 

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