These are the breaks: First jobs of hip-hop stars

Fri Dec 5, 2014 12:04pm EST
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By Chris Taylor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - What was your first job ever?

That's the question Reuters has been asking top achievers every month for more than a year now. From CEOs to Nobel Prize winners, from baseball legends to world-famous authors, everyone has a memorable story to tell about their first gig.

Another archetype with incredible first-job stories to tell: music-industry superstars. Their imprint on the culture extends far beyond singles and albums, as they often build business empires along the way to stardom.

This month, to coincide with the nation's monthly jobs report, Reuters talked to three musicians about their first jobs - and how those jobs helped create the people they are today.

Sway Calloway

First Job: Carnival ticket salesman

"I grew up in Oakland, and there used to be mobile carnivals that came to town. A friend's father hired us to sell books of tickets, and told us to bring back $35 for each book. Anything we made over that, we could keep.   Continued...

British singer Estelle performs at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia February 14, 2010.    REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay