Remember when Will Smith was the Fresh Prince? Queen Latifah was in the Native Tongues or when Kid Rock rapped like the Beastie Boys?
There are a handful of former rappers who have taken their careers in new directions and have found so much success that they have never seriously had to consider returning to the genre.
They deserve props for their business savvy.
Here is a list of five old school rappers who clearly knew when it was the right time to make the switch.
It's been nearly 20 years since Kid Rock released his debut album on Jive Records. Back in 1990 when the Romeo, Michigan-bred rapper dropped Grits Sandwiches For Breakfast he was labelmates with DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Boogie Down Productions and Too $hort. His music warranted comparisons to the Beastie Boys bore obvious sonic influences by Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and other popular rappers of the time. He didn't bring in a hit and was dropped by the label.
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