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

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  • 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
  • New Edition
  • Tyler Perry
  • Nicki Minaj

T.I.

Tip's hard-knock past is well documented in his lyrics: growing up in the projects, dropping out of high school, selling drugs and, of course, the multiple arrests. The rapper spent his 20s in and out of the clink, despite a string of hit records. He seemed to finally turn things around after being released from prison in 2011, and has been on top ever since with more hits, a reality show and acting gigs. Tip put his past and present side-by-side in his 2012 music video for "Go Get It." 

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