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Based on the popular YouTube Channel 'Before They Were Famous' with over 3 Million YouTube Subscribers & nearly 1 Billion views. This is the audio version of those recordings documenting the rise to fame of both traditional stars but mainly internet stars. Artists in rap, comedy, instagram models & YouTubers. This channel profiles who they are, where they came from and how they reached the top of the entertainment industry. Thanks for tuning in.

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    Kylian Mbappe | Before They Were Famous | Biography of French Football GOAT

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 8:13


    Before almost single-handedly winning France the World Cup with a rare hat-trick in the Final match of the tournament, Kylian Mbappe was born on December 20th, 1998 in the city of Paris -- and as the athlete himself once suggested in a children's book made about his life, from the very beginning, Kylian Mbappe was born into football. In a lot of ways, you could also say that Kylian was born in the right place at the right time. His local football club, AS Bondy, was where his Cameroon-born father, Wilfried, used to coach under-15s and would go on to train more than a dozen top professionals -- but it was his son that Wilfried always had the greatest designs for. Of course, it wasn't just Kylian's parents who wanted greatness for him – he wanted it for himself, and from a young age too. At just six years old he learned every line to France's national anthem while explaining to his teachers at school that he was doing so in preparation for playing in the World Cup. At that same age, he'd also watch interviews of his many heroes, studying how a talent like Cristiano Ronaldo would handle the media and then pretend to hold his own press conferences by posing questions to himself in what would eventually become three languages – his native French, as well as English and Spanish -- the foreign languages he studied at a private Catholic school.

    2022 | Gone But Not Forgotten | Takeoff, Aaron Carter, Coolio, Queen Elizabeth & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 18:49


    Another year, another list of celebs who passed away, 2022 saw its fair share of celebrity deaths with many of those we grew up with passing away of natural causes but also some young stars like Takeoff and PnB Rock who lost their lives at young age needlessly. As we have become accustomed to, its been another challenging year for the world of rap and hip hop but also for other stars to Gen Z like Aaron Carter, Coolio, and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. We are going to go through a ton of bios here today, off the top we have The Queen who was 96. A personal fav of mine, Ray Liotta from Goodfellas fame. One of the strangest deaths of the year was Anne Heche age 53. As well as Ivana Trump who is said to have fallen down her stairs. From the world of comedy, we have Bob Saget, Gilbert Godfried, and Louie Anderson are three comics who passed around the same time. We also have 4 actors who all portrayed Italian mobsters. Other big names like Meatloaf and the White Power Ranger Jason David Frank. Some stars we had time to cover over the past year, others we didn't have time to produce a full biography video on like TV DJ Stephen ‘tWitch' Boss who took his own life just before the holidays. In today's video, we will pay a quick tribute to all those we lost over the year 2022. If I missed anyone please let me know and feel free to leave your condolences in the comments below. Now, let's get into this video.

    Drake's 5 Crazy Moments of 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 10:32


    Aubrey Drake Graham, the everyman of hip-hop, is a man who can dominate an entire year musically without even releasing his own album, it's happened before. However, this was not one of those years, at least with being prolific because Drake did still dominate but he did so by releasing a ton of new music including two new albums, one of which was an experimental house album, the other a collaboration with great 21 Savage.However, all of the new music and collaborations did not come without controversy or spicy headlines for the media tabloids to run with. Drake is also just one of the most popular celebrities on the planet, people constantly come up off his name so it isn't surprising to see the things people do just to gain clout off the Canadian rapper's name. Drake also does some pretty extravagant things like getting a necklace made out of 42 wedding rings or throwing confetti championship celebrations for his friend's pick-up basketball league. As he said himself, Drake is a presence that is almost its own character in movies, and the man has had quite the year so here are the 5 craziest Drake moments of 2022.

    Kanye West 5 Crazy Moments of 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2022 12:21


    Genius, tyrannical, revolutionary, and dangerously egotistical, those are four descriptions that contrast in their own unique way, however, they are also 4 ways that one could describe the artist Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and even then that's a very surface level way to put it. In the year 2022 Ye had probably one of the most unique years of his career from his creative endeavors to controversy and the wild statements he makes, now Ye really isn't a stranger to any of those things I mean you could make a list of the crazy things he's done every year but what this man has done in 2022 ladies and gentlemen is a different beast altogether. As I said Ye has always been controversial and polarising however this year we saw Ye shift from being someone who transcends, delivers nuance, and is divisive to someone who is just objectively wrong and some might even say harmful or dangerous. From disastrous album roll-outs to public disputes with his wife and Pete Davidson to embarking on a campaign of anti-Semitism that even made Alex Jones ayo bruh chill. Many dubs this as the year we lost Ye, obviously not in a literal sense the man is still here and well, but more in a cultural and social sense, Ye meant and did a lot for a lot of people so it was tough but many had to put their foot down and say they are done with Ye. So here are the 5 craziest things that Mr. West has done in the year 2022 right here on Before They Were Famous.

    Top 5 Craziest Events of 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022 13:14


    There were plenty of crazy moments in Hollywood and the world of Social Media. MrBeast passes PewDiePie, The return of Brenda Fraiser, Heidi Klum dressed as a worm for Halloween, Rihanna had a baby, Julia Fox & Kanye West, Ben Affleck back with J Lo & off the Jamesons, Pete Davidson dating everybody, every school teacher on earth quitting to get on Only Fans, Elon Musk taking over Twitter, The Try Guys cheating scandal, Harry Styles Spitting on Chris Pine, Billie Eilish Deep Fakes, Tom Brady splits from Giselle and half of Hollywood is exposed for Crypto scams. That's just a short recap of some of the Hollywood headlines from this year and none of those made it into our list of the Top 5. For my full recap be sure to stay tuned. We also had a huge number of celebrity deaths which I will cover in a follow-up video titled 2023 In Memorium, few names on there include Bob Saget, Takeoff, of course, The Queen, Aaron Carter & more. That stuff is a little glummer so let's get on with the show and talk about the biggest moments of 2022. Also, be sure to let me know who you think is the biggest star of the year in the comments down below – based on our analytics it's Ice Spice quickly followed by Glorilla. Aright, enough intro. Let's get into this video.

    Macaulay Culkin | Where Are They Now? | The Comeback of Home Alone Legend

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022 10:25


    After turning himself into the biggest childhood actor of all time with the holiday classic “Home Alone”, Macaulay Culkin would see his acting career dry-up by the time he turned 14. And yet -- he still somehow managed to wind up a perfectly happy 42-year-old with a fiancée and baby, living the type of life few childhood stars ever get the chance to experience. Before all of that, Macaulay Culkin was born on August 26th, 1980 in New York City to his father, Christopher Culkin, a former child actor turned lackluster Broadway star, and his mother Patricia Brentrup. The two were never married but still produced a brood of seven children, including five sons and two daughters – all of whom lived in a cramped New York City apartment where the kids shared a series of bunk beds jammed into one room. Unfortunately, Macaulay never had much control over his own career and wound up at the mercy of his father in particular, who often chose his son's roles for him. After early roles in television series like ‘The Equalizer” and the hit comedy film “Uncle Buck”, Macaulay's big break came when he was just eight-years-old on the set of John Hughes' masterpiece, “Home Alone”.

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas | Where Are They Now? | Home Improvement Star That Disappeared

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 9:41


    The actor, former child star and teen heartthrob that captivated a generation, Jonathan Taylor Thomas also known as JTT has had quite the career. Once a pop culture mainstay that you'd find a photo of on the inside of a teenage girl's locker in the late 90s, now the man is something of an enigmatic presence that is able to go 8 years without anybody taking his photograph. But before his rise and fall from fame, JTT was born on September 8, 1981, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He grew up in a household with his parents, Stephen and Claudine, and his older brother, Joel. As you know JTT got his feet wet with acting from a very early age, having made appearances in various commercials, his first official gig came as a voice role for the titular character of Spot in the US version of 'The Adventures of Spot'. In 1990, he made his acting debut playing the role of Kevin Brady on the TV series 'The Bradys', which itself was a spin-off of the 1970s show 'The Brady Bunch'.

    Lofe | Before They Were Famous | From Depression to YouTube Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 9:59


    American YouTube star, TikToker and Instagram personality Lofe has been steadily building a reputation for himself as one of the internet's most promising new voices in comedy over a period of almost four years now. After a particularly tumultuous youth which would see him battling with depression, loneliness, and fixating on failure resulting in suicidal thoughts, Lofe would finally find his calling at the age of 18 when he first began uploading a series of promising sketches displaying a range of comedic abilities that have since become undeniable. In fact, Lofe might very well now be one of the best pranksters in the history of the art form. And if you don't think pranking is an art form, well after listening to this dude's story your opinion on that might change a little bit. So, if you've ever wanted to learn about the many obstacles Lofe had to overcome to see himself blow up over the course of the past year, then stay tuned to our newest episode of Before They Were Famous to find out!

    Sam Bankman-Fried | Before They Were Criminal | How He Stole $16 Billion With FTX Ponzi Scheme

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 9:52


    BEFORE a just barely thirty-year-old man with a mop of brown hair would earn himself enough crypto-currency clout to be known simply by his initials -- SBF -- Sam Bankman-Fried was born on March 6th, 1992 on the campus of Stanford University. As the son of two Jewish Stanford Law professors, Barbara Fried and Joseph Bankman, Sam spent a large percentage of his childhood playing games like chess, bridge, “Magic the Gathering” and the video game series “League of Legends” when he wasn't busy attending class at an elite prep-school known as Crystal Springs Uplands where he excelled academically in almost every subject. By the time he was ready to move onto a post-secondary institution, Sam set his sights on studying physics at Massachusetts' Institute of Technology where he wound up juggling several extracurriculars alongside his regular academic schedule while living in a co-ed group home called Epsilon Theta – a place that likes to promote itself as an alcohol-free zone for activities like playing board games, square dancing, and debating logic problems.

    Murda B | Before They Were Famous | The New Queen of Bronx Drill

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 8:15


    BEFORE becoming one of the most promising female Emcee's to emerge out of New York City in a hot minute, Murda B was actually born in late October in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, which means there's a pretty good chance that that “B” in her name – well, it might stand for Boston. So, how did Murda B become the next big thing out of Sev-Side if she's really from Bean-town? Well, to hear her tell it, Murda B had herself a boyfriend from that area of New York City and after meeting his crew, she formed connections and relationships that would last her a lifetime. These hook-ups would pay off in the long run because back when she was younger, Murda B spent most of her free-time expanding her horizons by learning new things. She not only taught herself how to a play wide-range of instruments, she also developed a passion for make-up and singing as well. As for how Murda B went from singing to getting involved in drill-rap? Well, according to her, she did it to prove a point to an ex-boyfriend, someone who liked to fancy himself a pretty spectacular rapper but then got showed up by his partner when she decided to spit-fire in his face. He might not have been embarrassed badly enough to quit his own aspirations all together, but Murda B still left her ex behind in the dust as her career eventually took off and his continued to stall. Prior to that, Murda B was often encouraged by her friends to pursue the artform in a meaningful way because they believed that as talented a female rapper as she was, she could have a chance to go all the way.

    Brittney Griner | Before They Were Famous | WNBA Star That Was Traded For Merchant of Death

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 9:12


    BEFORE being detained in Russia and eventually being exchanged in a prisoner swap for the notorious criminal known as “The Merchant of Death”, women's basketball star Brittney Yevette Griner was born on October 18th, 1990 in the city of Houston, Texas. For the most part, Britney's upbringing was relatively ordinary as the youngest of four children being raised by a homemaker and a police officer. But sooner rather than later it became clear to Griner, as well as everyone else, that she was far from what most people would consider to be ordinary. In the pages of her memoir, “In My Skin”. Brittney knew from an early age that she was attracted to girls -- and because that didn't fit in with the preconceived notion that many people had back then for girls attending middle-school, she was often taunted and referred to as a boy. The worst times came in Seventh Grade and at the end of far too many school days, Brittney would retire to her room to cry and question why she was even alive in the first place.

    Viktor Bout | Before They Were Criminal | Who Is Merchant of Dеаth

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 9:49


    BEFORE being used as a bargaining chip in a one-for-one prisoner swap that freed women's basketball star Brittney Griner, convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout otherwise known as the “Merchant of Dеаth” -- was born on what's believed to have been January 13th, 1967. Douglas Farah, a senior agent at the International Assessment and Strategy Center who once co-authored a book on Bout told CNN in 2010 that Viktor's early days are still largely a mystery, even to high-up government officials. That being said, according to multiple passports, Bout was likely raised in Dushanbe, Tajikstan as the son of a bookkeeper and an auto-mechanic. At the age of 18, he was conscripted into the Soviet Army after having spent much of his youth playing competitive volleyball according to a New Yorker profile. After being forced into military service, Viktor served two years in an infantry brigade in western Ukraine, before graduating from the Military Institute on Foreign Languages, which has a reputation for being a well-established feeder school for Russian military intelligence. In other words – the likelihood is that Viktor was a Soviet officer, ranking as highly as perhaps even a Lieutenant. During his time in the Russian forces, Bout worked in war-torn areas like Mozambique and Angola, where Russia had large military presences at the time. He first landed on the radar of the wider world at large when the United Nations began to investigate him in the early-to-mid 1990s. That's also right around the time the United States began to get involved as well.

    Lucki | Before They Were Famous | King of Underground Rap

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 8:35


    BEFORE becoming one of the most successful and prolific underground rappers of recent memory, Lucki was born Lucki Camel Jr. on May 30th, 1996 in Chicago, Illinois at Masonic Medical Center on the city's North Side. While he might have entered this world on the city's North-side, Lucki was primarily raised on the West End where he attended school in the suburb of Maywood. During his earliest years, Lucki used to harbor aspirations of becoming a football player while playing wide receiver for his school team. The only problem is that he wasn't very good at it. Like, at all. Thankfully, there was something he was much better at -- rapping. Lucki wrote his first lyrics while in the 7th Grade. He wasn't confident enough in his ability at the time to actually perform those early songs, but his fascination with the rapper Lil Wayne meant he was writing one song after another in an attempt to improve his talent. The first beat Lucki ever wrote to was for Ron Browz's “Jumping Out the Window.” This young kid would continue to refine his skillset over the next few years and by the time he entered adolescence he was determined to take the artform more seriously. That's when he started heading downtown to the Chicago library and discovered the music of Chance the Rapper – more specifically, the little-known duo Chance was a part of at the offset of his career known as “Instrumentality”.

    Tila Tequila | Where Are They Now? | How She Ruined Her Own Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 11:18


    After becoming one of the hottest reality television stars of an entire generation, Tila Tequila has gone on to live one of the strangest and most troubling lives of recent celebrity memory. Make a fortune off her love life? She's done that too. But those moments of glory feel like a million years ago compared to her more recent ventures into anti-Semitism, self-harm, and some truly bizarre religious beliefs. Long before she'd become a train wreck, Tila Tequila was born to Vietnamese parents in the country of Singapore on October 24th, 1981. Her parents fled to that sovereign island nation by boat from Vietnam when Tila was still in her mother's womb. Alongside the rest of her family which includes her two older siblings, Daniel and Terri, Tila left Singapore when she was a year old and immigrated to the United States where she settled in Houston, Texas. When asked to reflect upon her childhood in America, Tila has often described her upbringing in Texas as challenging, to say the least

    Kelsey Nicole | Before They Were Famous | Main Witness In Tory Lanez vs. Megan Thee Stallion Case

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 8:26


    BEFORE becoming the latest twist in the ongoing Megan thee Stallion and Tory Lanez courtroom drama, Kelsey Nicole was born on August 28th, 1995 in Victoria, Texas. That's where she grew up in what she's described as a relatively lower-class family, which inspired her to work as hard as possible to develop her own financial freedom. Kelsey's ties to the music industry go as far back as the day she was born. Her father was Emmitt Harris, a local rapper known as 50 Pak. Prior to the birth of Kelsey and her sister Ciara, Harris had made a name for himself as an underground artist performing at venues like the El Campo Club in Texas. Unfortunately, his relationship with both of his daughters would deteriorate over time until it got to the point where they really weren't speaking at all. A few years ago, Kelsey and her sister decided to smooth things over and searched their father out, discovering him at an extended family members' birthday party. But rather than approach, they wound up watching him from a distance. Sadly, it would become the last time they ever saw him alive.

    Mia Khalifa | Where Are They Now | How Her Past Still Haunts Her

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 8:56


    AFTER making waves in the adult entertainment industry that are still reverberating to this day, Mia Khalifa is now earning nearly as much money in 24-hours as she once made throughout the entirety of her adult entertainment career while continuing to hold the medium accountable. Long before all of that, Mia Khalifa was born Sarah Joe Chamoun on February 19th, 1993 in the city of Beirut and was raised in what she's referred to in the past as a very conservative Catholic family. After attending a French language private school in her native country, Mia would immigrate to the United States alongside her parents in 2001 to escape the dangers of the South Lebanon conflict. Once in America, Mia would settle in Montgomery County, Maryland where hers was the only family of Lebanese descent in the area. As such, she struggled to fit in.

    Kim Petras | Before They Were Famous | How Unholy Made Her LGBTQ+ Icon

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 10:25


    Before becoming the first openly transgender solo artist to earn the top spot in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, singer Kim Petras was born on August 27th, 1992 in the small German town known as Hennef. Located about 40 minutes from Cologne, Petras' hometown was very heavy on what she likes to call “farm vibes” and boasted a ton of livestock including cows and horses. In fact, her family's nearest neighbors were located more than ten minutes away while she was growing up. Born to an architect for a father and a dance teacher for a mom, you could say that music was always an integral part of her life and household. In the late 90s and early 2000s, Kim became obsessed with the Spice Girls and fell in love with lip-syncing to Disney songs alongside her two older sisters. More than just sing-along with her siblings, Kim would also occasionally steal clothes from their closet. Even though she was assigned the male gender at birth, Kim just wanted to look like her sisters.

    Celina Smith | Before They Were Famous | Who Is SteveWillDoIt's Girlfriend?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 8:02


    BEFORE becoming “SteveWillDoIt's” on and off again girlfriend, Celina Smith was born on February 22nd, 1999 and grew up an only child in a single-parent household in Orlando, Florida. Now, I'm not going to lie to you – a whole bunch of the “finer” details about Celina's life have yet to be revealed. In fact, outside of her relationship with Steve -- which goes back considerably farther than you might think – we don't know a whole lot about Celina's past. But here's what I was able to uncover. According to Celina's Instagram page – she and Steve first met while still in high-school and started dating when she was 14 and he was 15. Soon afterwards they kick-started their relationship which would go onto last a number of years ... even if there have been some bumps along the way which we'll get into further in a moment or two. Now, only a few months ago, SteveWillDoIt's YouTube channel was taken down as a result of him having posted clips of himself gambling on his secondary channel without taking the necessary steps to protect himself from the platforms' rigorous protocols when it comes to that sort of thing.

    The Fall of Balenciaga | Timeline

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 9:09


    Ever since Georgian fashion designer Demna became the artistic director of the European fashion-house Balenciaga in 2015, the once lauded brand has become far more infamous for its controversy than its clothing. But the surprising thing to discover is how often that's been by design – like that time they remade IKEAS's 99-cent shopping bag as a $2,000 luxury good. Hell, they even dressed one of the sexiest women in the world in a head-to-toe black body stocking and then sent her up a flight of stairs to the Met Gala. Poor Kim. But something tells me we probably really should have started paying closer attention when Balenciaga created a campaign that would see models walking up and down the runway while carrying garbage bags made out of expensive leather. In almost every one of these moments, Balenciaga was counting on outrage to fuel their brand, but now, they've finally gone too far after releasing two new campaigns that has taken public outcry to levels they never dreamed of reaching. It all started in the middle of November when Balenciaga published a campaign called, innocently enough, Balenciaga Gift Shop. But the name is where all forms of innocence came to a stop.

    Saweetie | Where Are They Now? | Why Her Album Flopped?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 9:55


    AFTER kick-starting her wildly successful career with a viral video that asserted her as hip-hop's “icy girl”, rapper Saweetie has been hard at work on her debut studio album. Unfortunately, a high-profile lover's quarrel and some questionable sales-numbers have recently thrown a wrench into all of her best laid plans. But long before all that would come to fruition, Saweetie was born Diamonte Valentin Harper on July 2nd, 1993 in the city of Hayward, California. Largely raised in the Bay Area, Saweetie earned her eventual stage name from her grandmother, who used the loving term of endearment as a nickname. And even though she had herself a couple of industry contacts thanks to her mom's former reputation as a model who popped-up in a few iconic hip-hop videos back in the day -- including DMX's “What These B*tches Want” and Nelly's “Ride wit Me” -- Saweetie says that it was always her intent to make it on her own merit. Saweetie grew up listening to the classic rap-stylings of artists like 2Pac, Biggie, and Lil Kim – which meant that by the time she was thirteen, she was already writing her own lyrics in a journal that she kept in her room. Shortly thereafter she'd perform for one of the first times ever at a high-school talent show taking place during Black History Month. But knowing that she needed a back-up plan just in case – Saweetie also made sure to place an emphasis on completing her education. After graduating from Monterey Trail High School in Sacramento County, she began her post-secondary education at San Diego State before eventually transferring to the University of Southern California.

    Blueface & Chrisean Rock's Toxic Relationship Timeline

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 8:25


    These days everybody is looking for love, some people never find it while some people find it in the wrong places, but sometimes you find it in the wrong person. Social media has a paramount effect on the way we view and navigate relationships whether we like it or not. Gone are the days when we would only hear about famous power couples on talk shows or media tabloids now we are able to keep up with seemingly every moment a couple shares together and some celebrity couples are just inescapable. At this moment in time is there any couple more polarizing than Blueface and Chrisean Rock? From countless physical altercations, to mirror messages written in blood to stolen vehicles Blueface and Chrissean's relationship has been nothing short of a spectacle to some while a cautionary tale to others so we figured we would break down the relationship timeline right here on Before They Were Famous, we also wanted to give a big shoutout to The Unpopular Party who also has a video covering this relationship, there's is a little longer and more in-depth if you're interested, we have also done Chrissean's before they were famous bio so be sure to check that out when you have a chance and without further ado lets get into this video

    Latto | Before They Were Famous | Jermaine Dupri's Favorite Female Rapper

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 9:15


    Before earning her first cross-over hit with “Big Energy” and seeing over a hundred of her unreleased tracks leak onto the internet, the rapper Latto was born Alyssa Michelle Stephens on December 22nd, 1998, in Columbus, Ohio to bi-racial couple, Misti Pitts and Shayne Stephens. At the age of two, her parents moved the family from Ohio to Atlanta, Georgia where Alyssa grew up on the South Side in Clayton County and bonded with her father over their shared interest in drag-racing. As a kid, Alyssa was always drumming up ingenious ways to earn a little extra scratch. She not only sold candy in the halls of her elementary school but when she got a little bit older, she claims she would sometimes make around $10K a night by throwing house parties and charging an entry fee at the door, while also marking up snacks like chips and soda on the inside. During these parties, Alyssa would play the music from some of her favorite artists, not only rappers that her father introduced her to like Tupac, Bone Thugs N Harmony, as well as the NWA, but her own favorites like Nicki Minaj and Gucci Mane as well.

    How Kanye West Went Crazy | Timeline

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 8:58


    In today's society, the world that makes up celebrities and pop culture, in general, can best be described as a circus and that's still sugarcoating it. From athletes to actors and actresses to musicians, sometimes we tend to forget how much influence these people can have over everything, and cancel culture in many ways is a by-product of that powerful and sometimes dangerous influence. Cancel culture has exacted its wrath on a number of celebrities but I think there have been few in recent memory who have truly felt its wrath more than Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West and I mean this is not undeserved or not for no reason either, unless you have been living under a rock the past few months than you have absolutely heard of Ye's controversies, antisemitic comments and problematic antics. It's crazy because controversy, in general, was pretty much synonymous with Ye before he went on his latest run of problematic behavior from Taylor Swift, wearing the confederate flag, his TMZ outburst about slavery or his presidential rally meltdown Ye has been doing this for a while now. But his recent actions have clearly made a bigger impact than any wrongdoing Ye has done before so, and it kinda feels like it happened quick so today we are going to be chronicling the unfortunate descent of Ye's problematic behavior into a comprehensive timeline, right here on Before They Were Famous.

    Nick Fuentes | Before They Were Famous | Future President Of The U.S.?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 12:27


    Before sitting down to attend one of the most controversial dinners in recent memory alongside Ye and former President Donald Trump, alt-right commentator Nicholas J. Fuentes was born on August 18th, 1998 in La Grange Park, Illinois. A former student of Lyons Township High School, Fuentes was active in the student body as a member of the speech team as well as the institution's Model UN. In fact, in May of 2016, he was one of four students invited to greet Governor Bruce Rauner during his visit to the school and escorted the politician inside of the building. It was also while at Lyons Township that Nick launched his career as a television pundit with his very own series that aired five or six times during his tenure there. Bill Allen, the supervisor of television services for the school would remember Fuentes as someone who stood out from the rest of the pack. Following his graduation in 2016 however, something inside Nick shifted as he took to embracing the extreme right like never before. During a speech he would give that year to an anti-immigration group, Fuentes would admit to having become convinced that immigrants were taking jobs from Americans and dooming the Republican Party to irrelevance – that's despite the fact that Fuentes himself has claimed to be descended from Mexican immigrants.

    Steve Lacy | Before They Were Famous | Bad Habits Viral Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 10:16


    BEFORE becoming an American musician known for pumping out some truly psychedelic pop songs, Steve Lacy was born on May 23rd, 1998 in southern Los Angeles County to an African American mother and a Filipino father. Taking part in a largely middle-class upbringing, Steve attended private school during his early years and was shielded from the rougher parts of Compton by his mother who regularly encouraged him and his three sisters to stay inside as often as possible. For the most part, Steve's father was absent from his childhood and would tragically pass away when his son was only 10-years-old. Following this, Steve would largely lose his connection to the Filipino side of his heritage, which left him with a natural curiosity about the culture that he hopes to one day explore in greater depth. Around the same time that he lost his father, Lacy discovered his life's passion – music. More specifically, he discovered guitar while playing the video game, “Guitar Hero”.

    Sky Bri | Dating History | Jake Paul, Mike Majlak, Adin Ross & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 8:31


    When Sky Bri showed-up as a guest on the first episode of the Sidemen's “Tinder in Real Life” dating series, she set the internet on fire by flashing her ample sized assets while in the midst of meeting Mike Majlak. Sky began her career a couple of years ago. While living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Bri wasn't happy spending her days working at Target, earning somewhere around $1,000 a month. So, to supplement that income, she and her then-boyfriend began filming some of their nightly aerobic-sessions, which she then uploaded to “OnlyFans”. Shortly thereafter, Bri reached out to professionals who taught her the ins and outs of the adult entertainment business and if you'd like to learn more, be sure to check out our Before They Were Famous that Sky Bri herself has shouted-out for being almost entirely accurate over on TikTok! Of course, following her appearance on Side-Plus, Bri's content would become all the more popular. Today, Bri charges around $20 a month for her tantalizing material and now – only two years or so removed from her days working retail -- she's regularly earning around $500,000 a month! But just as important as the money she makes are the relationships she's forged along the way. In fact, over the past few months, Bri's been linked to a whole bunch of different men – the question is, which one if any of them is she actually dating? Let's see if we can't find out.

    Andy Dісk | The Dark Side Of Fame | From Successful Comedian To Homeless Аddiсt

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 15:29


    The trouble with Andy Dісk and his plunge into the Dark Side of Fame began long before headlines revealed that he'd been arrested in Santa Barbara, California on felony burglary charges after allegedly entering a home under construction and stealing multiple power tools. Stealing something might be a brand-new offense for Dісk, but groping is most definitely not. And if he's not having problems keeping his hands to himself, well, he's probably somewhere out there in La La Land, doing illegal stuff. In some ways, Andy Dісk fall from grace is a tragic chain of events that brought down a once-promising comic who was heralded by Time Magazine as “the most talented, gutsy, and truly strange comic of his generation”. In other ways, controversy and Andy Dісk have become such common bedfellows that to expect anything else from the dude would probably be asking too much at this point. You see, as Andy's star rose in Hollywood thanks to his presence in the cult-classic television series, “The Ben Stiller Show” and “NewsRadio”, so too did his seemingly endless appetite for illegal substances.

    Andy Dісk | Where Are They Now? | How He Sabotaged His Own Career

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 14:59


    After American comedian and actor Andy Dісk would make a name for himself on a series of cult-classic 90s television series like “The Ben Stiller Show” and “NewsRadio”, he'd be heralded as “the most talented, gutsy, and truly strange comic of his generation” by Time Magazine. But then came the turn as a series of outlandish controversies would see him spiral out of control on his path toward becoming one of the most disliked individuals in Hollywood. But long before that switch-flipped, Andy Dісk was born in Charleston, South Carolina on December 21st, 1965. His actual birth name was Andrew Thomlinson, but he was adopted by his parents, Allen and Sue Dісk who then passed on their last name. During his childhood, Andy got to see a whole bunch of the world thanks to the fact that his father served as a commander of a nuclear submarine in the United States Navy. Andy's family lived in seven different places, including Yugoslavia, before moving to Joliet, Illinois in 1982 when he was 17 years old.

    Birdman | Where Are They Now? | What Happened To Cash Money Founder?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 10:42


    The rapper and record executive known today as Birdman was born Bryan Christopher Brooks on February 15th, 1969 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. Due to his father, Johnnie Williams, not signing his son's birth certificate, Bryan would adopt his mother Gladys' surname of Brooks. Far more unusual than that however, was the fact that for the first 30-days of his life, Bryan wasn't given a first name at all and was simply referred to as “Baby” by those closest to him -- a nickname he would continue to use well into his adult life. As a kid, Bryan and his family lived on top of a bar that his father owned. Unfortunately, his mother was struck down by illness in 1975 when he was only five. After this tragic turn of events, Bryan and his three siblings, Kim, Ronald, and Ray were taken in by their Uncle and spent the next two years living in Prince George, British Columbia – a fast growing logging town that was on its way to becoming the second largest city in the province and one with more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in Canada.

    Lola Brooke | Before They Were Famous | New Face of Brooklyn Drill

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 8:56


    BEFORE becoming one of the most promising female emcees to ever emerge out of Brooklyn, rapper Lola Brooke was born Shyniece Thomas on February 1st sometime in the mid-to-late 90s and raised around Tompkins Avenue in the neighborhood known as Bed-Stuy. As you can tell from that quote, her childhood was far from easy, but that never prevented Lola from believing she was meant to accomplish something special. Everyday she'd wake up with a feeling deep inside of herself like she was meant to do something spectacular with her life. The question was, what was that something supposed to be? Throughout her childhood she was unsure, but that never stopped her from working towards it. Starting at around eight-years-old, Lola began using words as an outlet to express herself creatively. With her father having never had much of a presence in her life, her mom sent her to spend a summer in Birmingham, Alabama at her grandmother's house. That's where Lola came across a music video for the rap duo Kris Kross and instantly fell in love with hip-hop. While watching that video, Lola turned to her grandma and told her point-blank that one day, she was going to become a rapper herself. But a lot would happen between that realization and the fulfillment of her dreams. With how uncomfortable she was discussing the difficult emotions she was experiencing, Lola begged her mom to bring her home a bunch of journals from the 99-cent store and began chronicling her feelings as often as possible

    Jason David Frank | Gone But Not Forgotten | Tribute To Legendary Power Ranger

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 11:26


    Before actor Jason David Frank would pass away at the age of just 49-years-old, he made a name for himself as Tommy Oliver, otherwise known as one of the original “Power Rangers”. Frank was born on September 4th, 1973, in and those acrobatic abilities he regularly displayed on-screen weren't manufactured through television magic because this talented actor wasn't only an eighth-degree black belt in real life, he also possessed experience in multiple other forms of martial arts as well. His journey in the art of self-defense began at the age of four with the study of Shotokan Karate at a dojo known as Red Dragon Karate. By the time he reached 12, Frank had already earned his first black belt and became committed to passing on the Code of the Dragon through teaching. As he grew older, he'd absorb further art-forms including Taekwondo, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai on his way to gaining experience as a mixed-martial artist. Then, in 1994, Frank would become the owner of Red Dragon Karate where he had begun his journey 14-years-earlier. When Jason David Frank was introduced in 1993 as one of the original six crime-and-monster-fighting superheroes that were masked head-to-toe in flashy armor and kung-fu skills, it wasn't actually something that was meant to last. Fans of the series will no doubt remember that Frank started off his career as Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger in Season 1. At first, he was introduced as an enemy of the Power Rangers during the five-episode arc known as “Green with Evil” – but when it became clear that he had instantly turned into a fan-favorite character, he signed on for a recurring role and inevitably made his way over to the side of good by transforming into the White Ranger and becoming the new leader of the group.

    Fuzzz99 - The Most Наtеd TikToker In The History

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 9:57


    An online content creator who goes by the handle of Fuzzz99 might very well have earned themselves the title of “the most hаtеd TikToker” of all time and on this newest episode of the Dark Side of Fame, I'm going to tell you why. Look – when it comes to TikTok, there's always going to be a bunch of creators that people don't like. When it comes to describing the content of TikTok creator Fuzzz99 – the one thing you'll quickly notice is the adjectives people throw around pretty freely. I'm talking words like “cringe” and “embarrassing”. Fuzzz99 -- who also goes by the name Mol Fanikos -- began their content creation on TikTok in January of 2020. Six months later, they'd achieve their first viral video with a clip that earned over 342,000 views and well over 120,000 likes. So who is Fuzzz99 off camera? Due to the severity of the hatred being sent in Buzzz 99's direction his real name, location, age haven't really come to light but one duet revealed that he is likely 26 years old. Due to the vast amount of hate coming in left right and centre other social media apps like Instagram have been set to private. There is no famous birthdays page. Very little info, we do a little more about Buzzz's birth genders which he revealed himself in a viral tik tok.

    BandmanRill | Before They Were Famous | Jersey Club Sensation

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 9:08


    BEFORE he would make his case for being the Garden State's hottest new artist, rapper BandmanRill was born on August 17th, 2002 to a family of more than eleven children! Raised in Newark, New Jersey, Bandman didn't grow up around every single one of his siblings. Most of the time it was him, his mother, his father, his grandfather, grandmother, sister, aunt, uncle, and cousin living under one roof. But over the years, the people living alongside him would fluctuate. Some would leave -- including his dad -- while others would arrive, but for the most part, Bandman always had two or three brothers somewhere around the house and he'd catch up with the others whenever he could. In regards to growing up in Newark, Bandman never knew what he was going to experience on any given day and this led to him growing up pretty fast. You could certainly say that he was a product of his environment, but Bandman always did what he could to turn that to his advantage. For instance, while attending Maple Avenue Elementary School from kindergarten through Grade 5, he heard the beat that would eventually become the sample of his breakthrough track “Heartbroken” for the first time.

    Amari Bailey | Before They Were Famous | Biography of Drake's Stepson

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 9:03


    BEFORE he would dream of becoming an NBA superstar and briefly look up to Drake as a father-figure, Amari Bailey was born on February 17th, 2004 in the city of Chicago, Illinois, to his parents Johanna Leia and Aaron Bailey. Not unlike his son, Aaron Bailey is a former professional athlete who cut his teeth playing for Louisville University before eventually going pro as a member of the Indianapolis Colts whom he played for across five seasons. Amari's dad didn't play all that much with the starting line-up and served more as a kick-returner on special teams, but there was this one time that he almost caught a game-winning pass at the end of the 95 AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the most part however, Amari was primarily raised by his mother Johanna alongside his sister, Savanna. Johanna is a former model and current brand ambassador-slash-entrepreneur who split from Aaron during Amari's childhood and pursued entertainment opportunities for herself and her kids like the Lifetime series “Bringing Up Ballers”. This reality show aired back in 2017 and followed five Chicago-based families as they sacrificed and struggled to support their promising up-and-coming basketball playing sons. Think “Basketball Wives” meets “Dance Moms” and you've got a pretty good sense of what this show was like. It was an unusual level of exposure for a teenaged athlete, but it helped Amari share his basketball talents with the rest of the world and he appreciates everything his mother has done for him throughout his life, including offering shooting technique advice.

    Kazumi | Before They Were Famous | Your Favorite OF Model

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 11:04


    Before she would become an online content creator, influencer, business owner, and actress, Kazumi was born on February 14th, 1997 in the West Asian country of Kuwait. Over the past couple of years, Kazumi's online fanbase became the first to recognize that there's a lot more going on with this talented woman than meets the eye -- and while her TikTok clips, Instagram pics, and Twitter content are certainly appealing in and of themselves, it's the depths of her ideology that's taking the internet by storm. But before we get into all of that, let's start at the beginning. Now, unfortunately, I can't tell you Kazumi's birth name. Believe me -- we asked -- but because she keeps her career a secret from her parents, she hasn't revealed her given name to the wider world at large just yet. What we do know is that after being born in Kuwait, it wasn't long before Kazumi's parents moved their family of Filipino heritage to California where she would spend her childhood growing up in Northeast Los Angeles. In fact, Kazumi would stick around this part of the country for the next two decades and over those years she's come to consider herself a true LA native.

    Bouba Savage | Before They Were Famous | Youngest Bronx Drill Rapper

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 8:30


    BEFORE Bouba Savage would become one of the youngest hip-hop performers ever, he was born Boubacar Diallo on October 17th, 2006 in Conakry, Guinea. That's where Diallo would spend the first decade of his life growing-up in an Islamic family in West Africa, where he learned to appreciate hot-sauce as his go-to condiment and got pretty good at basketball and soccer to boot. Unfortunately, he was a little bit less interested in reading an every-single page of the Quran during class hours and when he'd make the mistake of falling asleep, his teachers would ensure he regretted it by whipping his hand with a wire coat hanger. Then, in 2016, he and his siblings left their mom behind and immigrated to the United States, settling in New York City – more specifically, Courtlandt Avenue in the Bronx – to live with their father. At the time of his arrival in North America, Diallo couldn't speak a single word of English, so he quickly integrated himself in not only the city's culture, but his new step-family as well and within two years he was speaking the language fluently.

    Hit-Boy | Before They Were Famous | Story Of Jay Z & Beyonce's Beat Maker | King's Disease III

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2022 11:28


    Before Hit Boy would earn his name by producing some of the biggest hip-hop tracks of the past decade, he was born Chauncey Alexander Hollis Jr. on May 21st, 1987. As a child, Chauncey grew-up in Fontana, a city about fifty miles East of downtown Los Angeles. For most of his young life, Chauncey's father was in and out of prison, leaving him to be raised primarily by his mother – the one person he says he has to thank more than anyone else for believing in him from the start. From the time he was a kid, his mom would always let him play music all around the house as loud as he wanted and when other moms would ask why she'd let her son listen to music at such a high volume, she'd tell them that at least that way, she always knew where he was and what he was getting up to. Chauncey wasn't the only musician in the family either. His Uncle, Rodney Benford, was a member of the R&B group Troop, and he encouraged his young nephew regularly to pursue his talents to their fullest extent by skipping out on other normal teenaged social activities like parties to focus on developing his musical abilities.

    BruceDropEmOff | Before They Were Famous | How Twitch Changed His Life Forever

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2022 10:19


    Before becoming one of the most popular streamers currently gaming on Twitch and all across social media, BruceDropEmOff was born Bruce Ray Jones on September 23rd, 2000 in Riverdale, Georgia. As a kid, Bruce grew up in the nearby Clayton County area where he developed a deep-seeded passion for two things in particular, fashion and gaming. Back then, Bruce attended Kendrick Middle School before heading off to high-school where a few of his fellow classmates would turn out to be Lil Keed and Lil Gotit. During his teenaged years, Bruce had to battle back against depression as a result of difficulties he was facing in school. Not only was he suspended multiple times early on in his high-school career for misbehaving, but his grades began circling the drain and he failed a series of classes as well. On the other side of things, his family life wasn't doing all that well either. After having spent much of his childhood living with his mom, at the age of 13, Bruce moved into his dad's place and wouldn't see his mom again for nearly five years.

    Suki Baby | Before They Were Famous | Her Loss Girl From Drake & 21 Savage Album Cover

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 8:05


    BEFORE her face would be revealed in November of 2022 as the cover image of Drake and 21 Savage's collaborative mixtape “Her Loss”, model, adult dancer, nail stylist and artist, Suki Baby, was born Qui Yasuka in North Carolina. As you might imagine – when Drake and 21 originally revealed Suki Baby as the front cover to their new mixtape, it left many fans confused, wondering not only who this mysterious woman was but how she earned this distinction in the first place. To begin with, Suki is of Japanese, Black, and Cherokee descent and after being born in the state of North Carolina, she spent the majority of her childhood living in Japan with her mom. During that period of time, Japanese would become the first language she ever learned to speak, but her adolescence overseas was marked by a serious case of bullying. As the only student of mixed Black and Japanese descent in her city, Suki put up with a lot of snide remarks and outright insults during class hours. And not just from the other students, but the teachers! Her mom would do her best to defend her, but eventually, it all became too much. Rather than keep Suki in a toxic setting, her grandmother put her foot down and encouraged Suki's mother to send her back to live with her father, so she could grow up more comfortably in Houston, Texas.

    Edot Baby | Gone But Not Forgotten | Tribute To Harlem Drill Pioneer

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 8:43


    Before he would tragically pass away at the age of only 17 years old, rapper Edot Baby would be born Elijah Irvin on February 6th, 2005 in New York City's Harlem Hospital to his mother Tanya Gabriel -- a hairstylist -- and his father, Vincent Irvin. Thanks to the name he'd make for himself incredibly early on as a promising drill-rapper, most people tend to think that Edot came from the Bronx, but in point of fact, he was raised in Harlem. Now, last time we told Edot's story, we got our information a bit mixed-up and said that he was raised by a legal guardian named Tiffany Taylor. That was our mistake and one we're looking to rectify. Tiffany is actually Edot's sister and while he considered her both a sibling and a mother-figure, his actual mom, Tanya, as well has his father, both maintained a meaningful presence in his life as well.

    Jas Prince | Before They Were Famous | The Man Who Discovered Drake

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2022 12:05


    Before becoming the man who first discovered Drake, Jas Prince was born on October 30th, 1987 in Houston, Texas to his mother, Mary, and his father, James Prince – the CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records. Back when Rap-A-Lot was still looking to find its footing, Jas recalls showing up at his father's business to sweep the floors, work in the mail room, and occasionally hype up the label's newest release as a member of the street team. Since then, the company has established a reputation as one of hip-hop's most influential labels, an estate that Jas may one day very well inherit for himself. But with his father still going strong and not looking to retire anytime soon, Jas recognized he'd have to make his own way in the industry and he'd wind up doing so by discovering one of the biggest celebrity talents of recent memory. Looking to follow in his father's incredibly successful footsteps, in 2007, a then 19-year-old Jas went searching for an artist of his own to groom. While still in college, he scoured the internet for a potential client and ultimately stumbled upon the MySpace page of a Canadian rapper named Drake.

    TaTa | Before They Were Famous | The New Face of Brooklyn Drill

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 8:12


    Before he would become arguably one of the most popular members of hip-hop's newest collective known as “41” -- the rapper TaTa was born Zaire Tasean Rivera on February 17th, 2005 in the Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Born to his mother, Joniqua Alvarez and his father, Zaire Rivera, Zaire Jr. was raised in a Puerto Rican and Panamanian family alongside three brothers, Zyon, King, and Prince, as well as one sister, Laila. Together, these four spent the vast majority of their youth growing up on the streets of Brownsville in Brooklyn. As a kid, Zaire's early life was pretty rudimentary. He used to fill his hours by playing basketball in the park and then picking up a controller and gaming well into the night. He also had a deep-seated passion for music, looking up to a number of hip-hop icons including Drake, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, and Lil Wayne. His infatuation with these rappers' skill sets would lead to Zaire trying his hand at writing rap lyrics of his own from a young age -- but he didn't concentrate on music as much as he might have liked to at first because he also had to focus on his education.

    Sky Bri | Before They Were Famous | From Target to Jake Paul's New Girlfriend

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 8:44


    Before becoming the newest piece of eye-candy blowing-up “OnlyFans”, adult entertainer and model Sky Bri was born on February 21st, 1999 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Growing up in the small town of Lancaster, Pennsylvania prior to their emergence in the public eye, the only real friendship Sky Bri had in her life was the one she had with her boyfriend. Well, until she walked in on him sleeping with someone else when she was only 18 and was charged with assault for scratching up the dude's face. Other than that, she was a good girl – no drinking, no excess partying, just staying in the night, after night. Why was she so often on her own? Well, according to Sky, she's battled a horrible case of social anxiety from the time she was a kid and often struggled to figure out what to talk to other people about in social situations. Naturally awkward, Sky felt pressure to fill those quiet moments with discussion, but could never quite figure out what there was to say. Couple that pressure with the fact that everyone was always staring at her because of how beautiful she is and it became the perfect storm for creating a constant sense of uneasiness inside her at all times.

    Takeoff | Gone But Not Forgotten | Tribute To Migos Founder

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 10:27


    Before influential rapper Takeoff -- one-third of the hip-hop collective Migos -- would lose his life in a tragic passing on Halloween night, he was born Kirshnik Khari Ball on June 18th, 1994 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. That's just the beginning as we have lots to cover in this video from their childhood. 2008 beginnings as the Polo Club. Old videos you wont find anywhere else and the latest on what happened late into the night on this tragic Halloween. That was 7 years ago and this man accomplished more in those few years than most do in a lifetime, okay let's get into this Gone But Not Forgotten. When Offset was in elementary school, his family moved to the Atlanta suburbs of Gwinnett County where he spent the vast majority of his childhood alongside the two other individuals he'd come to form Migos with, his Uncle Quavo and his first-cousin once-removed, Offset.

    Nicole Moorman | Before They Were Famous | Lil Durk's Hot Lawyer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 9:23


    Before Nicole Moorman would become the hottest celebrity defense attorney this side of Camille Vasquez, she was born on April 17th, sometime in the late 80s, in Chicago, Illinois. Nicole would then spend the next two decades of her childhood and adolescence living in the greater Chicago area while working her all-too fine derrière off to become a criminal defense lawyer. Upon her graduation from high school, Nicole would accept an academic scholarship to Southern Illinois University where she would spend the next four years obtaining a Bachelor's Degree of Science, specializing in Criminal Justice and Corrections with a minor in Pre-Law Studies. During her career at that prestigious institution, Nicole would pad her resume by spending a considerable amount of her free time partaking in a number of extra-curricular endeavors, including as a member of the Student Body Government, the Criminal Justice Association, as well as the Pre-Law Association. Following her graduation from SIU in 2010, Nicole ramped up her workload by finally ditching Chicago and moving to Atlanta, Georgia where she enrolled at Troy University and earned herself two Masters of Science Degrees -- one in Criminal Justice and a second in Public Administration. Nicole would go on to achieve a 3.8 GPA at Troy despite the fact that she was moonlighting all throughout her time there as a Probation Officer for the Georgia Department of Corrections, eventually graduating from her program in 2013 with honors.

    Curly Savv | Before They Were Famous | Brooklyn Drill Sensation

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 8:35


    Before he would become one of drill's longest-running Emcees, rapper Curly Savv was born David Simpson on October 18th, 1999, in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Canarsie -- a place where he generally got along with most people he met. In terms of his childhood, David grew up in a half-Jamaican and half-Italian family where he was the middle child of 5 -- but his parents split when he was quite young. His relationship with his dad early on wasn't great because his pops always seemed to think that his son was out there acting up on the streets. But on the more positive side of things – his dad was also a DJ who introduced his young son to music for the first time. As a youth surviving on the streets of Canarsie, David would come to be acquainted with his eventual musical partner in crime –the rapper, Dah Dah. These two first met while playing little league football, which is actually where David came by his nickname of “Curly” as well. As anyone who's ever seen a picture of this dude can tell – he's got some mad curly hair – a characteristic that he's had his entire life. Once he joined the football team, one of his teammates began calling him “Curly Fries” – the latter part of which Curly wasn't feeling for obvious reasons. But he'd wind up keeping the first part of the nickname and add onto it later as he worked his way up the streets.

    Loski | Before They Were Famous | The Legend of Harlem Spartan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 10:21


    Before UK rapper Loski would become one of his country's most promising new performers, he was born Jyrelle O'Conner on May 6th, 1999 and grew-up out on Kennings Way – a brutal stretch of South London located in Kensington. As a kid, Jyrelle was a huge movie fanatic and he especially loved any film starring Adam Sandler or Chris Tucker. He'd watch those classics with his two siblings on his father's side of the family -- a little sister and kid brother -- both of whom he's quite close with, which is similar to the relationship he has with his parents – including his father, former Brixton rapper, Ty Nizzy. Despite having a father in the biz, Jyrelle didn't grow-up dreaming of becoming a rapper. Instead, he initially sought out a career as a professional football player (that's “soccer” to us uncivilized folk over here in North America). Meanwhile, his earliest creative outlet was his love for drawing which he practiced often in the hectic halls of Lilian Baylis Secondary School where his favorite classes were Religious Studies and History. Over the years however, things would change. To begin with, Jyrelle incurred an injury that put his playing days on ice and he was eventually dropped from the team. With his dreams of becoming a professional athlete now dashed, Jyrelle fell in with a bad crowd around his local neighborhood and got caught up in the trappings of the hood. Starting around 2012, Jyrelle launched his career as a performer under the moniker of Lil Nizzy -- a reference to his father -- but by the time he started taking the prospect of becoming a performer more seriously three years later, he had adopted the name of Loski -- given to him by a friend -- and joined the Kennington based crew known as the Harlem Spartans.

    The Downfall of James Corden

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 12:17


    For eight-years now, James Corden has been a late-night host heralded by many for reimagining the more proto-typical elements of that tried and true formula to re-invent it for the viral age. If you need proof, look no further than “The Late, Late Show's” YouTube channel which has almost 10 billion views and more than 28 Million subscribers. When Corden took over hosting duties from Craig Ferguson in 2015, he was already an award-winning actor and writer who had co-starred in the Bafta winning BBC sitcom, “Gavin and Stacy”, but as big of an impact as Corden made almost immediately upon taking over, he also found himself mired in controversy, perhaps best personified by 2019 Ask Me Anything on Reddit that became, if you'll allow me to quote The Hollywood Reporter: An embarrassing reminder of his unpopularity”. In what was quite possibly the shortest question and answer session of all time, Corden only wound up responding to three inquiries before being flooded with somewhere around 700 negative comments. Seriously. Once that happened, James Corden promptly left the chat, perhaps in the hope of preserving some semblance of his carefully cultivated reputation as a loveable Brit taking over America. But over time, that act has become tired and run its course. Simply put, audiences just don't seem to be buying Corden's “nice guy” image anymore, especially not when it conflicts with the many controversial things he's done over the past few years. So, if you've ever wondered what it took to bring down the King of “Carpool Karaoke”, then keep watching our newest episode here on SnapChat where we're going to investigate “The Downfall of James Corden”.

    2Rare | Before They Were Famous | Hottest Philadelphia Freshman

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 8:01


    Before rapper 2Rare would secure himself a “big-bag” as one of hip-hop's hottest new rappers, he was born Naseem Young on August 12th, 2000 in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Growing up on the streets of North Philly, Naseem found himself exposed to the rough side of the city up close and personal. While witnessing robberies and shootings, Naseem did what he could to avoid the perils of the streets and wound up earning a reputation for himself through different means. First, Naseem turned heads with his remarkable talent for dancing. And it wasn't a skill that he kept hidden. He not only uploaded videos online of himself doing the Wu-Tang – an energetic dance that originated in his hometown – he even headed over to his neighborhood skating ring on the weekend to showcase his skills in public. Eventually, however, Naseem would gravitate more and more towards football – dedicating as much of his free-time as he could towards getting better at the sport in the hopes of going professional. In fact, before long he was ranked in the Top-10 in all of Philly as a wide-receiver at Lincoln High School.

    Kyle Richh | Before They Were Famous | Rising Star of Brooklyn Drill

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 9:05


    Before becoming one of the newest driving forces behind the Brooklyn-drill rap scene, Kyle Richh was born Kyle Henry Fasheun January 22 in 2003 to a pair of African parents in the neighborhood of Brownsville, New York. And while Kyle has always gotten along with his folks, they haven't exactly been the biggest supporters of his career – in point of fact, they hardly know anything about rap music at all. It probably didn't help matters that, as a kid, Kyle often found himself out on the nearby streets of Brownsville getting into all kinds of trouble -- sometimes until 5 or 6 AM. Whenever he'd finally get home in the early hours of the morning, he says he could always see the disappointment etched on his parents' faces. As such, when it comes to the inter-dynamics of Kyle's family, things have gotten a little complicated over the years. While the young rapper claims to love his mother and little sister to death, he's got a far more contentious relationship with his father. Throughout the course of his life and right up until the present day, Kyle's dad has never once told him that he loves him -- instead, he's chosen the path of tough love, hoping that discipline and a firm hand would keep his son on the straight-and-narrow – not that it ever actually worked.

    Why G | Before They Were Famous | Toronto's Top Demon

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 8:08


    Before rapper Why-G would become one of Toronto's most promising young artists, he was born on November 12th 1994 and would spend the better part of his youth growing-up around the city's most notorious neighborhood – Jane & Finch. It was in this part of the city that Why-G would bounce between his mom's place on Orpington crescent, his Auntie's home in Driftwood, and his grandma's house at the intersection of Jane and Sheppard while his mom headed off to her job as a Child Youth worker during the day. As much back and forth as he was doing at home, Why-G was doing nearly as much shuffling at school as well, heading from Beverly Heights Middle School to Elmbank Junior Middle Academy for a year of Grade 8 and then off to C.W. Jeffrey's Collegiate Institute for his high-school career. It was a hectic adolescence to say the least, but all this moving around never got in the way of him making friends. In fact, Why-G grew-up alongside Quinto Armani Gardner, aka, Pressa, and their history goes back a long way with both sets of their parents having been friends from the time they were attending high-school together.

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