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You know the saying, “Don’t quit your day job?” Well, once most of our favorite rappers get their first advance, they do just that–slide off the dinosaur’s tail Fred Flintstone “yabba dabba doo” style and leave blue collar life behind. Some of their earliest sources of income came from not so glamorous positions, as T-Pain will tell you in his “When I Was 17” interview, which is posted at MTV Buzzworthy. The rapper drove a cab around Tallahassee, Florida, before lacing everyone’s tracks with Auto-Tune. T-Pain is not alone. Here are five more rappers and the embarrassingly funny jobs they had to work before (or after) seeing their names in lights.
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J. Cole–Bill Collector
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Jay-Z’s protégé never claimed a gangsta lifestyle like his mentor. J. Cole is a college grad and solid basketball player. However, in addition to all of that, Cole worked as a bill collector before music paid his bills. The cubicle to the studio sounds like a nice transition, doesn’t it?
Kid Cudi–Clothing Store Clerk
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Kid Cudi held a myriad of day jobs, but they were all as trendy as his music. Most fittingly, Cudi worked at American Apparel, but Abercrombie & Fitch, BAPE and Dean & Deluca also employed him at various times. He claims he kept losing his jobs due to studio conflicts. That’s not a problem anymore.
Ronnie DeVoe of Bell Biv DeVoe–Real Estate Agent
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Bell Biv DeVoe advised ’90s youth to “never trust a big butt and smile.” Who knew Ronnie DeVoe would flip that into “never trust a real estate closing without a water reading?” After his hip-hop fame waned, Devoe became a real estate agent; a good one at that. His original tagline: “His real estate’s poison.”
Rick Ross–Correctional Officer
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Ah yes, the most infamous day job scandal of all. Many thought Rick Ross‘ first job was hustlin’. However, pics of the Bawse in a CO uniform began circulating and his cover was blown. A correctional officer? Surely you jest! Nope. At least he was collecting checks and keeping the streets safe. Or something.