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?

  • Ho Oh

    dope drop.

  • Dan

    Gucci Mane went to college?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    • El Tico Loco

      Yeah Ga Perimeter and supposedly for MIS or comp sci one of the two.

    • SuperstarExtraordinaire

      hahaha exactly dude…..guess the only shit he learned was to say BURRRRRRR!!!!

    • Chris S

      yeah i think i heard PLies went to college too. ironic isn’t it?

      • maika

        nah if you listen to their interviews they actually dont talk like they rap. its all for the music and they gettin rich off of it

  • AZ40

    i was able to get most of them, didn’t know bow wow had three albums by 17 and who considers waynes first album a classic?

    • og bobby j

      not classic..

      tha block is hot > Carter 3

      fa show

    • jaymfingdawg

      The South Do Fool Free Weezy

  • I knew

    I knew number 7 was T.I.

  • Anonymous

    whats with drake lol…goofy lookin kat. he should have called himself emcee fisheyes. that would have been dope.

  • PHD

    EXCELLENT!!!

    should be a regular feature

  • P. Harris

    tight drop… interesting…

  • http://sporthop.wordpress.com Lil’ Nello

    Dope feature although most of them where giveaways! Only 1s I really ain’t get where Gucci & Nicki! Didn’t knew Gucci went to college to he obviously didn’t learn much!

  • anonymous

    Gucci never sounds dumb when he’s just talking. I wouldn’t say I knew he went to college, but he’s not dumb. If anything you gotta respect his business acumen. I don’t think his success is an accident. He’s very much an intelligent fellow. Obviously, his lyrical content doesn’t speak much to that effect, but he’s making money. Not that money is the only thing that matters…

    • Eric

      business acumen? i don’t know about that. great businessmen don’t go to jail (and get acquitted) for murder raps or petty drug charges.

      success? nah. well, maybe so in today’s musical climate. having hit singles is a measure of success now, but his success is fleeting and won’t last long.

      Gucci is a fly by night at best and no one will be saying his name in 2 years.

      Oh by the way, this is the best feature I’ve read on here in a while

    • Eric

      business acumen? i don’t know about that. great businessmen don’t go to jail (and get acquitted) for murder raps or petty drug charges.

      success? nah. well, maybe so in today’s musical climate. having hit singles is a measure of success now, but his success is fleeting and won’t last long.

      Gucci is a fly by night at best and no one will be saying his name in 2 years.

      Oh by the way, this is the best feature I’ve read on here in a while

    • smilez

      Gucci Mane was about to go 2 college but he caught a dope charge so he lost his scholarship and didnt have the chance to go

  • latino heat

    i got 10 out of 17.

    who considers The Block Is Hot a classic? any Wayne album before the first Carter was horrible.

    dope idea though, i agree it should be a regular feature.

  • Dub

    Anybody from GA knows that GA Perimeter College will take anybody… Hell, my cousin was fresh outta prison, said he wanted to get a degree and he got accepted. All you need is a GED and maybe not even that

  • latino heat

    and i’m ashamed to admit that i got the Gucci and Bow Wow questions right but i missed Snoop and 2Pac.

    *SMH at myself.*

  • No Name

    I got at least 5 of these wrong initially, lol. Great trivia.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    this was pretty dope. The word play gave them away, but it was fun. Also,stop all the hate. Gucci is country, but the dude is a bit education. Atleast give him credit for his word work despite if you like his songs.

  • Reggie B

    No. 4, i so thought that was Nas. Wayne dropped his debut at 16 but still, Tha Block Is Hot ain’t got sh*t on Illmatic.

  • New York

    where is mobb deep!? they dropped a classic as teenagers too!!!!

  • F.McGee

    Going to college does not make you smart. I went to college with enough people to learn that.

  • DV8

    most of these artist on here where dope at 17. Soulja boy tried using his age “17″ as an excuse as to why he isnt as skilled as others. SMH.

  • get it

    damn i thought no.17/18 was mobb i swear they dont be gettn the respect they deserve some nigs be hatin thats that real new york grimy 90s hip hop

  • what

    This article could have been much better. Should have linked to that pic of Eminem in that pink shirt with the birthday cake.

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