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

Click on the audio player above to hear about Q Tip come up, from his upbringing in Queens, New York, to the forming of A Tribe Called Quest, to his solo projects, to the devastating collector’s loss of 20,000 vinyl records that lead to a renewed thirst for creating music. Find out how Q Tip made hip hop history!

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