A few weeks ago, XXL broke down a list of six rappers with unusual side-hustles, including Kanye West's Fatburger chain and Lil Kim's beauty salons. While it's fairly common to see a MC break out into other business ventures through rap, it got us thinking about the opposite situation: what did rappers do to pay the bills before rap? While the notion that rappers "hustled" before hip-hop applies to many artists, there are a few acts that might surprise you.

Check out XXL's list of six rappers who work unusual odd jobs.