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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 Missy Elliott‘s come up, from the forming of her girl-group out of high school, to signing to Swing Mob, to their eventually break up and Missy sticking with Timbaland to continue making music for tons of artists, including Aaliyah. Then, the day came when Missy decided to use some of her genius music for herself.  Find out how Missy made hip hop history in this exclusive clip from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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