A lot of rappers come from dire straits in the hood only to change their tunes when they live in the lap of luxury. They began the rap game by rapping about how broke they were, but now rap about money, cars and women. They rose to the top of the heap and managed to stay alive in the hustle long enough to enjoy their wealth.
10. Snoop Dogg
Snoop has a net worth of $135 million because he can rap with the best of them. His real name is Calvin Broadus, Jr. and his raps are eternal. He came on the scene in 1992 and has sold over 30 million records.
9. Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne has the same net worth as Snoop Dogg, which is kind of scary since he doesn’t have nearly the same amount of talent. He did a stint in Riker’s and has had numerous hoax reports about his death. He is a well known lover of the Sizzurp and has a ton of grills for any occasion.
8. Ice Cube
Ice Cube, also known as O’Shea Jackson came straight out of Compton and sold over 40 million records. He is now more known for being an actor, but came to stardom as a rapper in the group NWA. In the movie Straight Outta Compton, you can now see how it all began in the eighties.
Slim Shady AKA Eminem AKA Marshall Mathers III has a hefty net worth of $160 million. As a successful rapper, Eminem has sold over 50 million albums and 40 million digital downloads. As a kid, he lived in a trailer park on 8 Mile Road and had many well publicized problems with his wife Kim and his mother Deborah. As an influential rapper, Eminem has won six Grammy Awards and is now living life sober and free of drugs.
Bryan Williams, also known as Birdman made his wealth rapping from the late eighties until now. He founded his own label Cash Money Records and Big Tymers. He hasn’t rapped a lot of hits in his own right, but every time someone raps “Cash Money Records” at the beginning of a song, Birdman gets paid.
5. 50 Cent
He famously got shot nine times without dying and in the process, grew his net worth to a whopping $270 million. He earned a lot of his dough from a deal he had with Vitamin Water, but his rap career is nothing to sneeze at.
4. Master P
Percy Robert Miller, or Master P as he’s better known, has a net worth of a whopping $350 million. He owns a record label and due to some investments, he is one of the richest rappers in the whole world. Despite all of his immense wealth, I can’t tell you the name of any of his rap songs. Crazy how that works, right?
Jay-Z is obviously filthy rich, weighing in at $550 million. He married Beyonce and has over 75 million albums sold in his career. He has been in the business since 1996 and is a profoundly successful business man. He owns his own record label called Roc Nation and manages the careers of Rihanna and Kanye West.
2. P. Diddy
P. Diddy changes his name like most of us change socks, but his net worth is at a cool $700 million. He rose to fame on the heels of Notorious B.I.G.’s fame and now takes part in a multitude of business ventures. He dips his toe into the fashion industry, alcohol business and has his own record label. He’s filthy rich and has a music channel that is growing his wealth even more.
1. Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre tops this list as the richest rapper in the entire world. His net worth is a staggering $750 million and it’s continually growing. Despite his success as a rapper, he also sold Beats By Dre to Apple for over three billion dollars. He is responsible for discovering Eminem and Busta Rhymes who he signed to his label, Aftermath Entertainment.
Andre Young AKA Dr. Dre is from Compton and is also featured alongside Ice Cube in the movie Straight Outta Compton. He rose from the ghetto in Compton as a member of NWA and has a huge following of fans internationally. He has a prolific rap career that began in 1984, but has reportedly since retired from the rap music business in order to focus on his business ventures. Apparently, that is a good plan because it seems to be working out for him.
While many of these rappers don’t actually rap any longer, they have learned a lot from being both at the bottom and top of their games. Naturally, they’d prefer to stick to the top and their names will never be forgotten for their contributions to the world of rap music.