Hip-hop is undeniably deep in some sort of nostalgia phase; you only have to look at the sheer number of reunions and celebrated anniversaries that have cropped up in the past two years to see that. But while it's always great to see classic outfits like G-Unit and Dipset get back together, there's something about seeing those rappers back in the day, before they hit it big, that is still something to be cherished. When XXL went through our archives and uncovered old video of Kendrick Lamar doing Karaoke in our office years ago, it set us digging through YouTube to find some classic interview and archival footage of some of our favorite rappers either right before or right on the cusp of superstardom. Whether it's Tupac, Bone Thugs, Eazy-E or Jay Z, check out these 20 throwback videos of rappers when they were young. —Chris Harris with XXL Staff

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