Before living an easy life in Hollywood, with money continuously flowing into their bank accounts, some of your favorite celebs were hustling to make a buck by selling drugs. In order to pay the bills and feed their families, certain celebs would stand at the corner of a store, waiting for business to begin and praying they wouldn't get caught by the police. Some weren’t so lucky, and ended up facing jail time for up to three years at a time — but it seemed to have been their wake-up call, as it changed their lives for the better, realizing that there was money to be made outside of the drug business. This would go on to launch their careers in the film and music industry.
Below are our top picks of celebrities who are notoriously known for formerly selling drugs to make a living — the list may surprise you. Each and every celeb on this list put the true definition of the American Dream into context; you can start from nothing and become something, if one has the courage to better themselves.
10 50 Cent
9 Frank Ocean
8 Mark Wahlberg
6 Kid Rock
5 Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg was smoking weed way back in his early teens, according to Cameron Diaz. The actress who attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School with Snoop told Lopez Tonight how Snoop was known for selling weed at school. She, herself, became a regular customer. "I remember him, he was very tall and skinny. He wore lots of ponytails. I'm pretty sure I bought weed from him. I was green even in high school,” she confessed. The platinum-selling musician actively holds a medical marijuana card, allowing him to purchase weed at any given time. We wonder if he’s still making a business out of it.
4 Fat Joe
3 Tim Allen
1 Notorious B.I.G
The Notorious B.I.G, also known as Biggie or Christopher Wallace, sold drugs in his early teenage years for an income he so desperately needed to take care of himself. His mother, Voletta Wallace, was a single mother who was working multiple jobs to pay the bills, but living as a low-class wasn't good enough for Biggie. Him and his friends would take up different spots in Brooklyn and approach their customers with all kinds of drugs — most favorably cocaine. Voletta went on to kick Christopher out of her home when she found a stash of cocaine under his bed and soon later, Wallace would serve nine months in jail for his illegal activities.
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