The Greatest Interns in Hip-Hop History -Paying Dues Pays Off

While hustling on the streets of the Bay, a teenaged 2Pac met Digital Underground leader Shock-G (or Humpty Hump) and talked his way onto the group’s tour bus as a roadie. Traveling the country along with DU as they opened for Public Enemy, Pac sharpened his skills, networked with fellow MCs, and did “The Humpty Dance”  on stage beside Mr. Humpty before making his debut as an MC on the group’s “Same Song.” In just a few years time, the energetic kid who was always smiling became one of the most beloved artists in the history of music. Now, that’s one ambitious ridah.

“The Humpty Dance”

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  • Confused

    Wait, no Jermaine Dupri? He’s a bama but wasn’t he an intern or a dancer or something at one point, for Whodini if I remember right.

  • dame-o

    this kanye beat is “i need to know”. theres a version where he raps on it. thats a fly song and the album it came from is fly too

  • mediumwillie

    an intern wrote this?! decent…

  • lamantreflechi

    Dope piece. Well written and witty as hell. Props to the author, he’ll probably make this list in a few years.

  • Zulu1925

    @ Confused

    Jermaine Dupri had an “in” with the music industry – his dad, Michael Mauldin, was a music executive with Columbia Records.

  • BGZ

    Puffy; can’t front on his hustle…

    …even though I’m sure Andre Harrell left more than just a legacy (in his) behind.