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Guess Who? – 17 or 18 Rappers At 17

Everyone has a story. And thanks to MTV’s When I Was 17, hip-hop heads are invited to take a trip back down memory lane with some of their favorite stars. This past weekend, Drake took us back to his humble upbringing up north (Canada). Back to when he sported a curly fro and was a diehard fan of the Neptunes movement, in particular he was a huge fan of Pusha T from the Clipse.

On that note, I’m going to take it back in the days with 17 (or 18) noted MC and see what they were doing at age 17. Now, for some, we’re going to have to go back a little further into the archives than the rest. I’m going to really test your hip-hop knowledge with this one. Let’s begin… —Rondell Conway

MC NO. 1
When I was 17, I signed my first record deal with Def Jam Records. I released my debut album that year, which went on to be the first of my many platinum records.
Who am I?

MC NO. 2
By my 17th birthday I had already released three albums, starred in several Hollywood films, and had changed my name to represent my big dog status.
Who am I?

MC NO. 3
I grew up in the same New York neighborhood as some of rap’s biggest stars. Though I was years away from my own rap stardom, when I was 17 I was living the life that would become the basis for my hip-hop lore. I guess you can say I was just grasping the power of a dollar.
Who am I?

MC NO. 4
I released my debut album when I was 17. It’s considered a classic by some, but I wouldn’t dominate the rap game until years later.
Who am I?

MC NO. 5
As a 17-year-old high school senior I was getting A’s and B’s, but I was dreaming of something much bigger than higher learning. So I tried the college thing, but dropped out and went on to graduate to a music icon.

Who am I?

MC NO. 6
I had it rough growing up in one of the most infamous cities in country. I was a high school dropout at 17, but I took my many rap influences, which included Redman and Ma$e, among others, and put them to use as a battle rapper in my hometown. By the release of my second album in 2000, I was the biggest rap star on the planet.
Who am I?

MC NO. 7
I was in trouble with the law at 17, but I started to take music very seriously soon after. Now I’m rap royalty.
Who am I?

MC NO. 8
When I was 17, I looked up to MCs from my projects that were reppin’ Brooklyn hard. Now I run this town.
Who am I?

MC NO. 9
Born in New York, I moved to California when I was 17 and began my rap career sort of on the underground level. By my fourth solo album I’d become an iconic figure in rap.
Who am I?

MC NO. 10
I had the No. 1 record in the country at 17. Some people hated on me for it, but I still kept cranking out more hits.
Who am I?

MC NO. 11
At 17 I attended a popular New York City high school. Today, I’m one of the most popular rappers out—everyone’s been hitting me for a hot feature on their record.
Who am I?

MC NO. 12
I was 17 when my big homie dropped his sophomore album in 2000, introducing me to the rap world as featured guest on a few tracks. Along with a couple more friends the big homie and I eventually went on to spark an influential movement in rap.
Who am I?

MC NO. 13
I was a dope boy at 17. A crack charge in 1998 got me kicked out of college and put me in pursuit of rap riches. In 2005 I became a local sensation, and now I have the national spotlight all on me.
Who am I?

MC NO. 14
At 17 I was recording freestyles with my homies in our hood, when one of my songs made it into the hands of a super producer. After an audition with said producer I went on to be the No. 1 artist on one of hip-hop most influential labels.
Who am I?

MC NO. 15
I was making a name for myself kicking my lil raps in the projects at 17, then I got live at a barbeque and the rest was history. Now I’m one of the illest rappers ever.
Who am I?

MC NO. 16
I was really into sports at 17. I played baseball, but I found my calling in music and by 2000 I hit a grand slam with my multi-platinum debut.
Who am I?

MC NO. 17/18
We signed our first record deal at 17. We dropped a classic album two years later. We don’t get the respect we deserve sometimes, but maybe that’s because we’ve been a transcending duo in rap for almost two decades.
Who are we?

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