Over the years, there have been a few rappers who we just knew were going to be big stars from the moment we first heard them. From legendary acts like The Notorious B.I.G. to more recent artists like A$AP Rocky, it was obvious that these rappers were born to be stars. But it takes the perfect blend of lyricism and style, not to mention one hell of a back story, to achieve longevity in the rap game. It's why so many rappers aren't able to sustain a career that lasts more than one or two albums.

Because of all this, there have also been quite a few rappers over the years who we didn't think were going to be stars the first time we heard them. In certain cases, it was because of their sound. In others, it was their sketchy (or not-so-sketchy!) past. There are even a few rappers who we never thought would even have a hit song, but somehow they did. But whatever the reason, there have been lots of rappers who have surprised us by overcoming their perceived flaws and launching successful rap careers.

Here are the 10 Rappers We Underestimated Greatly.

Written by Chris Yuscavage (@ChrisYuscavage)

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