It might seem like rappers don’t have a lot of money, especially knowing some of their backgrounds, but rappers make more money then you thought. Between album sales, tours, merch, and endorsement deal, rappers are easily swimming in cash.
Rappers are also known for having big houses, fancy cars, and extravagant purchases that will make your jaw drop. Here we are going to take a look at the top 15 wealthiest rappers.
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Jay Z is an American rapper and entrepreneur from Brooklyn. His childhood was rough, and he grew up in a part of Brooklyn that was known to be poor and dangerous. Jay Z started his own record label, where he released his first big album that started his career. Since then, he has made smart investments in clothing lines, record companies, nightclubs, sports teams, and alcohol companies.
Jay Z is the richest rapper in the world with a net worth of $1 billion. He has become the first billionaire in the hip-hop industry.
Sean Combs (Diddy)
We all know who Sean Combs is and most likely, we have all heard his music, but he is more than just a rapper. Diddy is also a producer, actor, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Before Jay Z took the top spot, Diddy was the richest rapper in the world coming in with a net worth at $855 million.
Known as one of the best hip-hop producers of all times, it’s not shocking to see Dr. Dre on this list. Also known as Andre Young, Dre’s career started with the N.W.A in the ’80s before he went solo. Besides making money from music, he is also the founder of Beats by Dr. Dre, a line headphone that he has now sold to Apple for $3 billion. Dre has also dipped his toe into acting, which adds to his net worth of $820 million.
You might be wondering who Russell Simmons is, but you’ve seen and heard him. Simmons is an American entrepreneur, producer, and author. He is the chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, and he helped co-find the hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings. Besides music, he has also created numerous clothing lines, including Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and Tantris. Currently, Russell Simmons’ net worth is $340 million.
Although news surfaced that Kanye was in some serious debt, he still has a lot of money. Kanye is known as a rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. Recently Kayne launched his own fashion line called Yeezy, which includes shoes, sweatshirts, and t-shirts. He also makes money by appearing on his wife’s reality T.V. show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Even with his debt, Kanye’s net worth is $250 million.
Not to be outdone by Kanye, Master P is also making this list. Percy Robert Miller is a rapper, actor, entrepreneur, author, record producer, philanthropist, and former basketball player. Master P found his own record label and is the CEO of P. Miller Enterprise. His net worth is currently estimated at $250 million.
Eminem also had a rough childhood growing up, but it did not stop him from chasing his dream. Eminem is known as the most successful white hip hop artist and has overcome racial hate since he was the only white rapper performing in Detroit. Eminem makes most of his money from touring, but he does have a few endorsement deals and has acted. His net worth is sitting at $210 million.
Usher’s albums have sold millions over the years, 43 million to be exact. Besides singing, User is known for songwriting, dancing, and acting. At the age of six Usher started singing in his church choir and performed on Star Search which helped land him a recording contract with LaFace Records. He has also appeared on Broadway which only helps grow his worth. Currently, his net worth is $180 million.
Ice Cube is not only a rapper but also a songwriter, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. Originally, he was a part of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined N.W.A. Eventually he started his own solo career and jumped onto the acting scene. He has been featured in Boyz N the Hood, 21 and 22 Jump Street, Barbershop, Ride Along, and a few other films. His net worth is $160 million.
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, also known as Lil Wayne, is a rapper and author from New Orleans, Louisiana. At the age of nine, he joined Cash Money Records and was the youngest member of the label. He also makes his money by producing and was the executive producer on the TV documentary Drake: Better Than Good Enough. Currently, his net with is $150 million.
Pharrell is known for rapping and songwriter, but he can also add film producer and record producer under his belt. Pharrell has his own media venture that includes entertainment, music, fashion, and art called i am OTHER. He also has other endeavors like the Billionaire Boys Club, a creative multimedia collection, and a record label. Pharrell’s net worth is $150 million.
Aubrey Drake Graham, also known as Drake, is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor from Canada. Drake first came on the scene when he acted in the teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s. After that, he started rapping, which has earned him numerous Grammy Awards. He also has the most number-one singles on the Hot Rap Songs. Currently, Drake’s net worth is $150 million.
From Long Beach, California, Snoop Dogg is a rapper and an actor. His career started in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre and was featured on Dre’s solo album, The Chronic. He has sold over twenty-three million albums in the United States and over thirty-five million worldwide. Snoop Dogg’s net worth is currently at $135 million.
LL Cool J
Coming in at fourteen is LL Cool J, who is a rapper, actor, author, and entrepreneur from Queens. He is most famous for introducing the world to pop-rap and has released 13 studio albums. Besides rapping, LL Cool J has appeared in numerous movies and television shows. His net worth is currently $110 million.
Best known for being one-third of the Beastie Boys, Adam is an American musician, guitarist, rapper, producer, and actor. The band has sold more than 22 million records in the United States and Adam as inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Besides being a rapper, Adam has also appeared in numerous films and television shows. Currently, his net worth is $90 million.
There you have it, fifteen of the wealthiest rappers in the world. Some may have come as a surprise to you, while others aren’t too shocking.