If you like rap, and you like money, then today you’re in luck because today we’re looking at the richest rappers in the world.
Now, decades ago, rap was associated with poverty.
Kids that got into rap would do so to channel their anger and to keep them off of the streets and away from gangs and violence.
That sounds like a sweeping generalization, and whilst it’s of course not true for every young rapper in the 80s, it was very common.
Nowadays, however, things are very different. Even though rap’s roots remain cut from the same cloth, rappers nowadays are all about the bling.
You need just switch on reruns of MTV Cribs to see just how lucrative the rap business can be.
Rappers live in huge mansions, they drive expensive sports cars, they wear designer clothes, luxury watches, and expensive jewelry, and they aren’t ashamed to flaunt their wealth.
Here’s a look at 25 of the richest rappers in the world, past, and present.
The Richest Rappers In The World And Their Net Worth
25. Rev Run
Rev Run, AKA Joseph Simmons, was one of the biggest rap stars of the 80s and 90s.
He is one of the founding members of the hugely influential Run D-M-C.
As if that wasn’t cool enough, he also happens to be a practicing minister – Hence the Rev in ‘Rev Run’.
Rev Run, AKA Joseph Simmons, also made a name for himself on the reality TV show Run’s House, which was a show that showed viewers what life as a rap tycoon is really like when the mic’s switched off.
Rev Run has a net worth of $70 Million.
Nas may have told us that we could ‘hate him now’ but in reality, the fans love him and his music.
Nas has released 8, yes, 8, straight consecutive platinum albums, which is one of the greatest accomplishments a musician could ever hope for.
Worldwide, his albums sold more than 30 million copies long before YouTube and online music streaming.
Today, Nas is still one of the most respected men in the Hip Hop game, boasting a net worth of $60 Million.
Will.I.Am is fairly controversial in hip hop circles, but one cannot deny his accomplishments.
He began his career in the noughties, fronting the band The Black Eyed Peas.
After the success of the group, Will decided to go solo, and he would go ahead and carve out a very successful solo career.
He has also appeared as a judge on various talent shows, including The Voice, which no doubt helped him to net a healthy profit.
Will is currently worth a very impressive $75 Million.
Pitbull is another name on our list that rap purists may not necessarily like to associate with Hip Hop.
Despite only really making it big in the last decade or so, Pitbull has been recording music for close to two decades now, so he is certainly not shy on experience.
Pitbull has topped the Billboard charts worldwide in more than 20 countries and has had many smash hit singles on his hands.
As a result, he is now worth $80 Million.
Birdman, aka Bryan Williams, is one of the lesser-known names on our list today.
Rap purists, however, will know the name right away.
He is a recording artist, an entrepreneur, and a producer.
He has been very smart with his money and has made some very wise investments in his life.
He and his brother Ronald founded Cash Money Records, and that record label certainly lived up to its name for him.
His net worth is $80 Million.
Akon was all the rage a decade ago, but lately, he seems to have dropped off of the radar.
That’s just the nature of the beast when it comes to showbusiness.
Despite this, Akon is still one of the richest people in the industry, as he has a net worth of $80 Million.
His single ‘Locked Up’ put him on the map, yet it was his ‘Smack That’ single featuring Eminem that really helped get him to the top.
Timbaland, despite being a successful musician is best known as being a producer as opposed to a rapper.
He has been in the rap business longer than some rappers have even been alive.
Back in the mid-nineties, he got his first full credit production job, working on Ginuwine.
Shortly afterward, he started working as a producer for established R&B artists.
You probably know Timbaland from his 2007 hit ‘The Way I Are’.
He is currently worth $85 Million.
18. Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is the first, but certainly not the last, female to make our list today.
Nicki has only really hit the big time in the last six years or so, but she has certainly taken the rap game by storm.
Nicki was born in Trinidad and has worked in collaboration with some giants of the Hip Hop world including Lil Wayne, Drake, Birdman, Tyga, and many more.
Notable hits include Starships, Moment for Life, and Anaconda.
Her net worth currently stands at $85 Million.
17. Mike D
Mike D, also known as Michael Diamond, is one of the founding members of the group the Beastie Boys.
Beastie Boys were formed way back in the 80s and are still considered one of the greatest Hip Hop bands ever.
Consisting of Mike D, Ad-Rock, and MCA, notable hits include: Sabotage, Fight for your Right, An Open Letter to NYC, and intergalactic.
Mike D’s net worth currently stands at $90 Million.
16. Adam Horovitz
Up next we have another Beastie in our midst.
Yep, it’s Adam Horovitz, AKA Ad-Rock. Horovitz is a guitarist, producer, rapper, and entrepreneur.
He is best known for being one of three members of the Beastie Boys.
His net worth, like Mike D’s, is $90 Million.
15. LL Cool J
The ladies do indeed love cool James and when you see his abs you can understand why.
LL Cool J hails from Queens, New York, and in the 90s was one of the most influential rappers in the business.
He is also a producer, actor, and entrepreneur.
He has released 13 albums, as well as two greatest hits compilations.
He has also appeared in several Hollywood movies and TV shows.
14. Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg or the Snoop D-O double-G hails from Long Beach, Cali.
He is a rapper, actor, and producer who came to prominence in the early 90s when Dr. Dre discovered him and amazingly featured him on his very first album Chronic.
From there, Snoop Dogg’s career really took off.
Worldwide he has sold thirty-five million albums and has released smash hits including Doggy Dogg World, Sweat, Who Am I, and more.
He has also featured on smash hits including Still Dre.
His net worth is a cool $135 Million.
This Canadian rap artist is currently killing it in the Hip Hop biz. Interestingly, Drake started out as an actor on the TV Show: Degrassi: The Next Generation.
This was a teen drama series that fans either loved or loathed.
He has won numerous Grammys in his time and has released smash hits including Hotline Bling, Take Care, and In My Feelings.
His net worth stands at $150 Million.
12. Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams (Pronounced ‘For Real’ Williams) is not only a rapper, producer, and songwriter, he is also an entrepreneur.
He owns his own media venture company which covers music, art, film, TV, entertainment, and fashion.
This has helped him land a net worth of $150 Million.
11. Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne only burst onto the scene around a decade ago, but he has quickly gone onto become one of the most influential rappers in the biz.
His singles include: Lollipop, love me, Don’t cry, and many more.
He was signed to Cash Money Records, yes, the one we mentioned earlier, at the age of just nine.
With a net worth of $150 Million.
10. Ice Cube
Ice Cube is a rapper who has seemingly been in the game forever.
He was a founding member of the group C.I.A before he would later go on to join NWA. In the late 80s, he left to go solo, and he nailed it big time.
Not satisfied with music, Ice Cube set his sights on Hollywood and became a successful actor, appearing in Boys ‘N’ the Hood, Ride Along, Barbershop, and many more.
His net worth stands at $160 Million.
9. Ronald Slim Williams
Ronald Slim Williams is the brother of Birdman.
He is the joint co-founder of Cash Money Records and he has worked with some of the greatest artists in the business, including Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Drake.
His current net worth is estimated to be around $170 Million.
Usher was a heartthrob of many a teen girl in the noughties.
With his boyish charm and good looks, and his velvet-smooth voice, it’s easy to see why he was so popular.
Usher has sold over 43 million records worldwide.
His songs include: Love In This Club, U Got it Bad, and Confessions part 2.
Eminem, AKA Marshal Mathers, AKA the Real Slim Shady is currently one of the most powerful names in the business.
He got his break in the early 2000s when Dr. Dre discovered him.
His debut at the big time ‘my name is’ proved to be a smash hit.
From there he went from strength to strength, selling millions of albums, winning awards, and critical acclaim.
He has even won an Oscar for his role in the movie, loosely based on his life 8-Mile.
Eminem is currently estimated to be worth a staggering $210 Million.
6. Master p
Master P, or Percy Robert Miller, as is his real name, is a former basketball player, a rapper, a producer, and an entrepreneur.
He is the CEO of P.
Miller Enterprises and is one of the world’s richest people in the industry worth around $250 Million.
5. Kanye West
Kanye West is a controversial figure to say the very least.
He is also one of the most influential figures.
Now, whilst there are reports that Mr. West is in serious debt, due to the fact that his net worth stands at around $250 Million, we think he’ll do okay.
This rapper, fashion artist, producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur maybe his own biggest fan, but he has the bank balance to back up his talk.
4. Russel Simmons
Russel Simmons is the co-founder of Def-Jam records.
Now, anybody who is anybody in the world of rap will know all about Def-Jam records.
Russel is also an entrepreneur and is the CEO and Chairman of Rush Communications.
His net worth stands at a staggering $340 Million.
3. Dr. Dre
Real name Andre Young, he began his career in the 80s, forming the group N.W.A.
After that, he went solo and released some icon hits including Still Dre and Guilty Conscience ft Eminem.
He discovered many young artists, including Eminem, and has his fingers in many other pies.
His Beats by Dre headphones are amongst the best-selling in the world.
Currently, he is valued at $820 Million.
2. Sean Combs
Sean Combs, or Puff Daddy, or P Diddy, or however else he likes to be referred is a giant in the rap game.
He raps, he produces, he writes songs, he acts, he does virtually everything.
He has worked with some of the greatest rappers in the world, including the late Biggie Smalls.
Sean Combs is one of the richest people in the world, with a net worth of $855 Million.
1. Jay Z
Finally, last but not least we have Mr. Beyonce, Jay Z himself. From Brooklyn, NY, Jay Z is a rapper, producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.
He owns clothing lines and has invested his money wisely.
His net worth is $1 Billion!
So, there you have just a few of the richest rappers the world has ever seen. If you’re thinking of breaking into the music business, perhaps rap will be that little bit more appealing to you after reading this?
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