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

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  • 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
  • Mary J. Blige
  • 50 Cent


Born to Black Panther parents and raised among political activists, fugitives and alleged criminals in New York City, Tupac would go on to become the best rapper to represent the West Coast in hip hop. Despite his success, Tupac found himself in and out of jail throughout his career until his death in 1996 at the age of 26. Though his life was short, Tupac's impact on hip hop is hard to overestimate. 

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