Street cred

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002580" title="Jay-Z" href="/topic/entertainment/music/jay-z-PECLB002580.topic">Jay-Z</a>: He wasn't kidding about the hard-knock life. Jay, who grew up in Marcy Projects, may have never been a kingpin, but he was a mid-level coke dealer before he made it big.<br>
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Kanye: The guy named his first album "The College Dropout" -- that says it all, no? Ironically, the fact that Kanye has been honest about his middle-class past eventually earned him respect in the streets.

( HO, REUTERS / November 13, 2010 )

Jay-Z: He wasn't kidding about the hard-knock life. Jay, who grew up in Marcy Projects, may have never been a kingpin, but he was a mid-level coke dealer before he made it big.

Kanye: The guy named his first album "The College Dropout" -- that says it all, no? Ironically, the fact that Kanye has been honest about his middle-class past eventually earned him respect in the streets.

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