In honor of Labor Day, HipHopDX asked a few of our artist friends about their early forrays into the work force. Like the artists, the answers were diverse. From first week fires to life lessons, and song inspirations, this crew recalled some interesting reflections on labor. D-Block, Brick Squad, Screwed Up Click and Outdoorsmen crews are represented in these 10 answers.

Pill: “Man, my first job was working at this place called Art(s)chool for the [student] program when I was 14. I was making jewelry and shit. It was a real creative job and they auctioned it off at the end of the program. I thoroughly enjoyed it and met a lot of cool and creative people and I learned a great deal about the creative process that I still apply to music till this day.”

Flying Lotus: “I used to work at a video game store called Electronics Boutique. Selling video games sounds fun, but no. It was really boring as hell. They made me dress formal and shit… to sell video games. Fuck all that.”

Jadakiss: “My first job was a paper boy! [I was] delivering papers around the hood on my bike and wit’ my dad on Sundays ’cause the papers were too heavy.”

Lil Keke: “My first job was at a grocery store that used to be in Houston called Apple Tree. I was 14 years old and I was a sacker. I was actually too young to be working there but I talked to store mgr into it.”

Action Bronson: “My first job was in Key Food [grocery store] as a stock boy. I started early; I was like 16. Everything that has happened to me since then has been crazy.”

Roc C: “My first job i sold paper subscriptions for two weeks now that I think back, my first intro to marketing look at me now who would’ve thought.”

Gangsta Boo: “My first job was at Shoney’s on Elvis Presley [Boulevard] in Memphis. I was 16 [years old]. DJ Paul used to take me and pick me up from work…I got fired in one week ’cause I smelled like chronic and dropped a tray of dishes. I’m glad I’m the one who gets to hire and fire nowadays. [Laughing]”

Waka Flocka Flame: “My first job I ever had was at Burger King.”

Consequence: “Of course with the first song on Don’t Quit Your Day Job being the “Job Song,” I know all about the highs and lows of being in the work force. I look at back my first gigs as being the catalyst of my motivation to chase my dreams as well as my checks. I think high school paints a picture that a ‘job’ and a ‘career’ are the same and they’re not, especially mentally.”

Fiend: “my first gig was cutting grass and pumping grass, and when I look back either the sun or them people would have took me out, being that young.”

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