Rap is an interesting style of music enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. Even though some people have associated it with violence, nudity, and all things negative, contemporary artists have turned it into a booming business rather than an avenue for spreading hate as it was in the past. While many rappers are successful and living more than average lives, the top 10 richest rappers in the world in 2017 are:
10. Eminem (Net Worth: $120 Million)
Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III is a popular record producer, rapper, actor, and songwriter from Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States. Now 42 years old, Eminem is a rap mogul who broke into the global entertainment industry in the early 1990s with the group D12. Eminem has also enjoyed a successful solo career. In the 2000’s, for instance, he sold more than 150 million singles and albums, making him the best selling rap artist of all time in the United States at the time. During the same period, he ranked 83rd among the 100 greatest artists of all time in Stone magazine. Apart from rapping, Eminem is the co-owner of Shady Records label. He also owns a radio channel, and has had a brief stint in the in film industry with titles such as 8 Mile grossing well. With a net worth of around 120 million dollars, Eminem is the tenth richest rapper in the world
9. Kanye West (Net Worth: $130 Dollars)
Kanye West, born Kanye Omari West, is a famous 37-year-old record producer, rapper, and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia, United States. He is also a successful entrepreneur, director, and fashion mogul and has millions of loyal followers within and outside America. Kanye West gained prominence while working as a producer for Jay Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records. In 2001, he released his first rap single The Blueprint. Since then, he has released several charts topping singles solely and in collaborations with renowned artists such as Ludacris, Alicia Keys, and most recently Rihanna. Since his professional debut, Kanye West has sold approximately 66 million singles and 21 million albums, making him one of the bestselling rap artists in the world. He has won 21 Grammys for his good work, featured in several Forbes annual lists, and ranked among the most influential people in the world in 2005. With a net worth of 130 million dollars, Kanye West is currently the ninth richest rappers in the world in 2015.
8. Lil Wayne (Net Worth: $135 Dollars)
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., popularly known as Lil Wayne is a successful American rap mogul from Hollygrove, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. He is also an entrepreneur, a songwriter, and a Grammy Award winning artists. Lil Wayne’s quest to stardom started at age nine. He joined Cash Money Records music label in 1991, releasing his debut solo album, Tha Block Is Hot in 1999. Since then, he has released Gold and Platinum certified music albums, with Wayne Carter III being his most successful project. Currently, Lil Wayne’s net worth is approximately 135 million dollars.
8. Snoop Dogg (Net Worth: $135 Million)
Snoop Dogg, born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. is a 43-year-old native of Long Beach, California, United States. Since his discovery and ultimately signing by Dr. Dre in 1992, Snoop has enjoyed a successful solo music career with his debut album, Doggystyle, charting at number one on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart and the Billboard 200 chart. Collectively, he has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. He has also organized successful musical tours, featured in numerous television series and films (Bones, The Wash, and Mac and Devin Go to High School, to name a few), and even hosted WrestleMania events. Snoop has a production company, Snoopadelic Films. He is the eighth richest rapper in 2015 with a net worth of approximately 135 million dollars.
6. 50 Cent (Net Worth: $140 Million)
Born Curtis James Jackson III in South Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States, 50 Cent has had a troubled past. In his teens, he rubbed shoulders with the law for his drug peddling ways. He has also survived a near death experience to become one of the most influential and successful rappers in America and the global entertainment industry in general. Since his discovery by Eminem in 2002 and signing by Shay Records, Aftermath Entertainment Records, and Interscope Records, 50 Cent has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. He has also won several accolade (13 Billboard Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards, a Grammy Award, and 4 BET Awards) and enjoyed a successful business career with G-Unit Records (2003), G-Unit Sneakers, and his G-Unit clothing company. Currently, he has a net worth of around 140 million dollars.
5. Birdman (Net Worth: $170 Million Dollars)
Bryan Williams alias Birdman is a popular American rapper and co-founder of Cash Money records. He is 46 years old, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, and the adopted father of rap mogul Lil Wayne. He has recorded several solo singles and in collaboration with Lil Wayne among many other artists. Many of his singles and albums have received international acclaim, grossing millions of dollars within and outside the United States. He is also an established businessperson. Birdman’s net worth is around 170 million dollars, making him the fifth richest rapper in the world in 2015.
4. Master P (Net Worth: $350 Million)
Percy Robert Miller alias Master P or P. Miller is a record producer, filmmaker, author, investor, and American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. After breaking into the global entertainment industry in the 1990’s with the group TRU, his musical star shone brighter, making him one of the best selling rappers of all times. He has released platinum singles and albums. According to Forbes, he was once one of the top 10 highest paid rappers in the world, with an estimated annual income of 57 million dollars. Master P is the founder of No Limit Records label. He is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an entertainment conglomerate, P. Miller Enterprises, and a cable television network called Better Black Television. With a net worth of 350 million dollars, Master P is currently the fourth richest rapper in the world in 2015.
3. Dr. Dre (New Worth: $550 Million Dollars)
Dr. Dre, Born Andre Romelle Young is an American rapper and CEO of Beats Electronics and Aftermath entertainment. Since his professional debut many years ago, he has enjoyed a successful musical career. He has also helped rappers such as Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and 50 Cent to break into the industry, making them the global successes that they are today. Currently, Dr. Dre’s net worth is approximately 550 million dollars.
2. Jay-Z (Net Worth: $560 Million Dollars)
A native of Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States, Jay Z (born Shawn Corey Carter) is reputable American rapper. He is also a financially successful businessperson and with a net worth of 560 million dollars, the second richest rapper in the world in 2015. Jay Z is 45 years old, married to Beyoncé, and has won an impressive 16 Grammy Awards for his invaluable contribution in the global entertainment industry.
1. Sean Combs (Net Worth: 700 Million)
With a net worth of 700 million dollars, Sean John Combs, popularly known as Puff Daddy or P. Diddy is the world’s richest rapper in 2015. He is also a reputable record producers, entrepreneur, and actor, with his Sean John clothing line being one of the major sources of the wealth he has accumulated to date. Sean John Combs is only 45 years old and hails from Harlem, New York City, New York, United States.