This Nearly-Unrecognizable Dapper Dude Is an A-List Megastar! Who Is He?

Those glasses! That tie that may actually be a scarf! That… chinbeard?! Some things about this rapper and general celeb-about-town are a hit, but there's a little miss here and there, for sure.

We're guessing that this throwback photo, posted to the star's Instagram, was taken in his 20s or late teens in the mid-'90s, but already his interest in art and fashion were starting to grow. In the background, we can spy some creatively-arranged frames of art, plus some sculpture and a vase! We're sure the photo location wasn't an accident, either, since we're used to this guy maintaining some serious control over his image.

Need a hint? While the origin of this photo may seem questionable — it came from his unverified Instagram account — this photo first popped up in his mother's 2007 memoir. Sadly, his mama, to whom he was super-close, died later that year, over five years before her beautiful granddaughter was born.

Think you know this superstar? Click through to see if you're right!

06.2.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Sarah Anne Lloyd
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