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Happy Throwback Thursday, Internet users!

Earlier today, we posted what many consider to be one of the greatest old pictures in the history of camera use, as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson posed in 1990s garb that included a fanny pack.

It's an amazing image, and it kicks off the following old school photo gallery, which includes shots of Kim and Kourtney Kardashian as kids; Julianne Hough singing an Avril Lavigne song; and Justin and Selena before they broke up.... got back together... and then broke up again.

Go back in time with these stars and ask yourself: Were these really the good ol' days?

The Rock Throwback Photo
Greatest throwback photo ever? Look at this old school picture of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson!

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In what often seems like a genre focused on getting cars, cash, and girls, rap often gets a bad rap. Some of the genre's most talented voices use their powers for good.

Or they try. Instead of playing to the lowest common denominator, their politically charged and often personal song lyrics are an attempt to alter the course of pop culture.

It's easy to sell records when songs are about Miley Cyrus Twerking. Making people listen to your song about class struggles, religion, and racism is a different story.

Drake
Drake was 2013's most Tweeted about rapper. He definitely knows a thing or two about social media, and the personal stories behind his songs have made him immensely popular.

Fortunately, some rappers have made this their mission. They're the voices of political discourse for their generation. And they know the meaning of one simple word: diversify.

Instead of focusing solely on their careers as musical artists, they've branched out into the world of music production, acting, apparel, and public speaking.

Drake may not know the square root of 69, but he does know a thing or two about rap and joins a list of our 17 most intelligent rappers ever, a group of most definitely smart men.

Bottom line: There's more than one way to bank the Benjamins while spreading your message than merely rapping about being all about the Benjamins.

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What's in a name? As it turns out, maybe everything.

Since Shakespeare first posited the question in Romeo and Juliet, actors have been using fake names to land professional roles. Not only did it allow them some semblance of privacy before the dawn of Wikipedia, but let's face it, some people just aren't born with great names.

Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor? Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta? Quite a mouthful.

If an actor or musician's entire career is dedicated to being someone else - a character or personality, perhaps - then a good stage name can go a long way to making that career explode.

More celebrities use pseudonyms than you might think. In fact, here are 67 stars who don't use their real names. Which ones did you know before viewing this gallery?

Lorde
Musical sensation Lorde was given the name Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor at birth. We'd probably go with Lorde, too.

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Taylor Chapman, the horrible Dunkin' Donuts customer who went off on the store in a viral video, once interviewed Ludacris about his cognac brand!

Before Chapman’s self-videotaped berating of DD employees and customers turned her into the Web's Most Hated, she was a failed model / PR person.

Perhaps Chapman’s frustration stems from never making it big. Check out the 2009 video of her talking to the rapper about Conjure in South Florida:

As the singer is surrounded for an event in a liquor store, a young brunette with a microphone - Taylor Chapman herself - begins questioning him.

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Oprah who? Rapper Ludacris has given away 20 cars to people who wrote in about their struggles to keep their jobs for a lack of their own wheels.

Ludacris said he was taken aback after reading thousands of essays by people struggling or unable to buy cars needed to get to work or find jobs.

The 31-year-old rapper felt he could step in and move them ahead, partnering with a suburban Atlanta dealership for Sunday's contest giveaway.

"People are getting laid off, and now are looking for jobs," Ludacris said. "To be efficient, you need some transportation of your own to get there."

"That's why I wanted to give back to those who need it."

Each of the used vehicles included free gas for 30 days. Winners were responsible for tags, registration, tax and insurance. About 4,000 contestants submitted a 300-word essay to the rapper's foundation, explaining why they deserved a car.

One of the most touching stories Ludacris read was by Mading Duor, who moved to the U.S. after his mother, father, and five brothers and sisters were killed in Sudan. His son was killed by a drunk driver in Atlanta a few years back.

"His story touched my heart," Ludacris said. "He's endured so much in his life and he's still here standing. I'm very proud to have helped him."

Duor, 33, has been able to keep a steady job at a school, but each day he felt stressed about how he was going to get to work. No longer.

"I'm so happy, I'm nervous," said Duor, who won a Nissan Maxima. "When I look at my new car, I say to myself, 'Is this really happening?'"

Crystal Beauford, 26, a single mom who takes the bus to work and school, now has a Saturn Ion. She has to learn to drive stick, but it's all good.

"This is going to help me so much," Beauford said. "It's a blessing."