Six Rappers Who Worked Unexpected Odd Jobs

 J. Cole

Job: Bill Collector

Although Cole is known for having attended St. John’s University, the North Carolina MC also held down a particularly odd part time gig. In an interview with NBC 4 New York from 2010, the Roc Nation rapper revealed that he spent time working as a bill collector in Long Island. He explained that he took the job during his college years as a means to fund his then-budding rap career. Cole recalled that he began to really focus on his music in the final two years of school, forcing him to divine alternative sources of income to fund his studio time.

“I was making beats in college, but way before that in high school I was making beats and rapping and recording my own songs,” he recalled. “The first two years [at St. John's] I kind of got caught up being a college student and being in New York trying to get my foot in in the city, but then I got refocused…just to kind of stay afloat and pay the rent, I worked at the Queens Courier newspaper in Queens doing ad sales and telemarketing. Then, I needed more hours, so I moved to a job in Long Island bill collecting. Everyday I was calling people about their late payments, knowing that I was one of them.”

[via NBC 4 New York]