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 hip hop’s hottest artists and how they worked to make a name for themselves.

Click on the audio player above to hear about Common‘s come up, from his emergence as a prominent underground Chicago rapper, to gaining national recognition and winning awards for his work, and major collaborations with the likes of Erykah Badu and Kanye West. Find out how Common made hip hop history; and hear what he says is one of the biggest joys for him in creating hip-hop music.

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