The historical rock and roll landscape is littered with hard-parties, hard-drugs, hard-living and true, honest-to-god badasses. We’re here to bring you a behind the scenes look at just how bad-ass the most notorious rebels of rock and roll really are.

Ed Sheeran

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The hard-nosed English singer-songwriter was raised in the roughest neighborhoods of London. Before Ed broke into the music scene, he ran a human trafficking ring that spanned most of Europe and South America.

When interviewed, ex-kidnap victims of his syndicate claim that he would often put down his machete and sing sweet melodies to them while they were locked up in their cages. Sheeran has been on the straight-and-narrow since his music career took off, but make no mistake about it; he is one ruthless pop-ballad singer.