Hossain grew up in Virginia Beach. He was born in Virginia, where he showed passion for building things with cardboard and duct tape. Hossain attended Old Dominion University in approximately 2009, majoring in criminal justice. In college, he began uploading videos featuring card tricks. The first-ever video uploaded with Hossain's YouTube account was named, "Maxi-Twist by Rahat". He uploaded almost 50 videos of this genre before filming hidden camera pranks.
Invisible driver prank
Hossain posted his hit video, "Drive Thru Invisible Driver Prank," on January 9, 2013. The video shows him dressed up as a car seat and fooling workers at various fast food restaurants, such as McDonald's and Chick-fil-A. Hossain said he constructed the car-seat outfit in 12 hours after being inspired by an image he found on the Internet of a "guy who'd actually had a car-seat costume similar to what I built".
Homeless lottery winner
In a video posted on March 4, 2014, Hossain gave a homeless man named Eric a winning lottery ticket that was worth $1,000. The cashier was also in on the prank. After receiving the money, Eric said, "I've been doing this for a long time. A long time. And never, never had a friend, had somebody do what you just did back there. Never". Later on his Twitter account, Hossain posted that he was happy to help the man and he "tries to help people as much as he can". The video received an overall positive reception by the public and was viewed nearly 16 million times.
In the following days, Hossain advised willing Internet users to donate more money to help Eric, his goal being to collect a total of $20,000. He raised more than $46,000 from 3,000 donors after setting up a Fundly site. Hossain said that he wanted to "improve his lifestyle" and emphasized Eric's personality. While collecting the money, Eric moved into a hotel room and was given a job. On May 7, 2014, Hossain uploaded a video to YouTube titled, "Homeless Man Gets A Home." The video shows him offering to buy dinner for Eric, but first he says he has to stop by his house to get something. It was later revealed that it was, in reality, the house was the very one paid for by thousands of Internet contributors. In a matter of days, the video received about nine million views.