have garnered a great deal of fame thanks to their music careers, they
weren’t always making money with their bars. With the release of XXL
magazine’s “7 Rappers’ Jobs Before They Were Famous” list, the pre-fame
gigs of the artists mentioned, and a handful of others have been
Before collaborating with adidas and Nike and releasing well over
half a dozen albums, Chicago lyricist Kanye West was an employee at the
clothing store, Gap. ‘Ye famously rapped about his gig at the clothier
on The College Dropout record, “Spaceship.”
“Let’s go back, back to the Gap / Look at my check, wasn’t no scratch
/ So if I stole, wasn’t my fault / Yeah I stole, never got caught,”
Kanye rapped on “Spaceship.”
Another artist featured on the list is Young Money rapstress, Nicki Minaj. Minaj, who worked as a waitress at Red Lobster, spoke on her past job during a 2010 interview with Billboard.
“I worked at Red Lobster before that and I chased a customer out of
the restaurant once so I could stick my middle finger up at her and
demand that she give me my pen back. I swear to God I was bad,” she
The other rappers featured on the list include Kid Cudi, J. Cole, B.o.B, and the late Tupac Shakur. You can read the full “7 Rappers’ Jobs Before They Were Famous” list at XXL.