1. Master P
Percy Miller aka Master P was raised in poverty at the Calliope Housing Projects in New Orleans, LA.
2. Metta World Peace
Ron Artis aka Metta World Peace spent his youth at the Queensbridge Houses located in Long Island City, Queens.
3. Biz Markie
Biz Markie grew up in the Ralph Rangel Houses located in Harlem.
4. Whoopi Goldberg
Karyn Johnson aka Whoopi Goldberg spent the first 19 years of her life in the Chelsea Houses.
5. Mos Def
Mos Def grew up in the Eleanor Roosevelt Houses in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn neighborhood.
6. Lil Kim
At eight years old, Kim’s mom left her abusive father and lived out of the trunk of their car.
7. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah spent her early childhood living with her grandmother on a farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She is now worth a reported $2B.
8. Tyler Perry
Tyler spent most of his early days as a playwright living in his car in New Orleans, LA.
Nasir Jones aka Nas grew up in the Queensbridge Houses the largest public housing complex in the Queens.
Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z was raised in the Marcy Housing Projects in Brooklyn. He went from dealing crack to becoming a world-famous rapper and entrepreneur.
11. P Diddy
Sean Combs may be wealthy now but things weren’t always so easy. He was raised in a public housing project in Harlem.
12. Bill Cosby
As a child, Cosby lived in Richard Allen Homes housing project. Many of the characters in Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids were modeled after people he knew.
13. Mr. T
Laurence Tureaud spent his childhood living in the Robert Taylor Homes housing project. He was discovered during a bouncer competition and giving a role in the ‘Rocky’ film.
14. Chris Rock
Comedian Chris Rock was raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, which is in Brooklyn, New York.
15. Paul McCartney
McCartney was born in Liverpool, England and his family lived in the Council Houses, the British version of public housing.
16. Wesley Snipes
Snipes grew up in the housing projects named Monroe Houses in the Bronx.
17. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
In 1950, he and his family moved from a shared apartment in Harlem to the Dyckman Houses in Inwood (considered a step up). There he spent his childhood in Building 3 on the fifth floor.
18. Marc Anthony
Singer and actor Marc Anthony was raised in the Metro North Houses in East Harlem.