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Often, when our favorite artists get popular, their come-up gets obscured behind their explosion onto the scene. But the truth is, your favorite artist was hustling long before their “overnight success.” In The Ed Lover Show‘s “Behind The Hip Hop” segment, you get a close look into the hustle of today’s hottest artists and how they worked to make a name for themselves.

Click on the audio player above to hear about rapper Slim Thug‘s come up, from how he got his name as a young rapper in Houston, to freestyling at local parties, to leaving his label to start his own and his many collaborations with artists like T.I., Pharrell, Jay-Z, Mike Jones, and more. Plus, hear about the interested connection he has to Lupe Fiasco. Find out how he made hip hop history!

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Behind The Hip Hop: Slim Thug [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO] was originally published on EdLoverShow.com

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