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Before They Were Stars

Aren’t you glad they quit their day jobs?

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    Celebs had to get their start somewhere! Find out what your favorite stars were doing before they got famous.

    Before she was Barbz, Nicki Minaj served food at Red Lobster.

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    When the Diddy wasn't quite so flush, he cleaned bathrooms at a Mexican restaurant.

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    Jadakiss used to deliver the news as a newspaper delivery boy!

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    Before becoming a rap star, Lil Wayne played the Tin Man in his middle school drama club’s production of "The Wiz."

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    Before his music and acting career took off, Ice-T spent four years in the Army.

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    Before he showed off his rap game, Tupac took ballet and even had the role of Mouse King in the school play, "The Nutcracker."

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    At 11, Denzel Washington earned $11 a day sweeping hair at a barbershop & was also a camp counselor.

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    Fabolous spent his summers as a teen working at a nursery with kids.

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    He's a movie star now, but Chris Tucker once had it rough cleaning toilets.

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    B.o.B is a music artist now, but before that he was a sandwich artist at Subway.

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    Mariah Carey's husband once spent his days dishing out fast food. "My mother made me get a job at like, Wienerschnitzel," Cannon told MTV. He was reportedly fired for telling too many jokes to the drive-thru customers.

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    Before becoming a rapper Plies graduated with a degree in nursing.

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    Kerry Washington was a substitute teacher for NYC schools. Imagine having her as your sub?!

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    Jennifer Hudson flipped burgers before "American Idol" - at Burger King, to be precise. After mentioning the chain in her Oscar acceptance speech, Hudson was granted free Burger King for life.

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    Mike Jones used to be a phone assembly line operator!

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    David Banner was the President of the Student Government Association at Southern University.

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    Kanye West sold clothing at The Gap. He always did love fashion!

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    50 Cent competed in the Junior Olympics as an amateur boxer.

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    J. Cole was a bill collector & worked at an ice skating rink where he wore a kangaroo costume.

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    Prodigy was a Ballet dancer. He also knows how to tap dance.

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    Queen Latifah worked at Burger King just like Jennifer Hudson!

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    Bruno Mars was a Mall DJ and he even managed to break the record player.

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    Rick Ross was correctional officer... as if you couldn't tell.

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    Big Sean used to be a Christian rapper!

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    Janelle Monae worked at a cleaning service & was the youngest maid. All the women would ask her to sing while she cleaned, and most of them were ex-convicts.

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    Ice Cube was an architect-in-training, and studied at the Phoenix Institute of Technology.

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    KRS-One was involved in the religious movement Hare Krishna.

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