We are living in crunch times where surviving on your dreams is not a rationality. However, the people we are going to talk about over here have not only gone beyond the norms and followed their dream of becoming rap-stars, but have also got a good share of “bling bling” while doing so. We know how hip hop music talk about fulfilling dreams and living the good life that we all want for ourselves. Well folks, these fellas have actually made the good life happen to them. Being a rapper it is not easy to make it to the rich flock of the world. But their perseverance, commitment to their music and the right sense of style and personality has allowed them to win millions of hearts and make a name for themselves.
Here, we will be talking about those rap artists who got the most of green last year. So let the countdowns begin!
Net Worth: $13 million
Just making it to the top 10 list is the Senegalese American R&B sensation Akon. He is no stranger to topping the charts and the previous decade has been quite generous to him. Akon became the first solo artist to be twice on the first two spots of the Billboard Hot 100 charts at the same time. While his 2004 debut album Trouble was a great hit, it was the single titled Locked Up which really got it going on for the artist.
9. Snoop Dogg
Net Worth: 13.6 million
The Man. The Rapper. The Dogg. There is hardly anyone out there who doesn’t know of Calvin Cordozar Broadus aka Snoop Dogg. While many rap artists have come and gone and the hip hop music has gone through so many evolutions, this 41 year old rap god has always been a superstar, coming with constant hits and promoting a cult of his own. With a music career that crosses two decades and countless hits, Snoop Dogg has made his name as not only a supreme rapper, but an actor and an overall celebrity as well. There is absolutely no other rapper that has such a peculiar attraction to him out there!
Net Worth: $14 million
Mr. Marshall Bruce Mathers III, more commonly known as Eminemn or Slim Shady, is a special one in the list. Not only is his ethnic orientation different from most of the leading rappers out there, but also his style of writing and doing rap on an overall. The 40 year old rapper reigned all of 2000s ever since the release of his debut album, The Slim Shady LP. He has been known for his hard hitting vocals and ever-so-theatric music videos. Not to forget, his award winning performance in the motion picture 8 mile caught immense public attention.
7. Lil Wayne
Net Worth: $15 million
Dwayne Michael Carter, more commonly known as Lil Wayne, is a hip hop star all the way from Louisiana. He may have “Lil” in his name, but his net worth is anything but that! Also, not to forget his overflowing body tattoos and gold chains. He rose to fame with the super hit album by Hot Boys, titled Guerilla Warfare. Winning over 65 prizes to date, this 30 year old has just got his party going on.
6. Kanye West
Net Worth: 16 million
Kanye Omari West has redefined and in many ways, revitalized hip hop music. His latest coming titled My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy becme his 4th consecutive No. 1 hit all across the United States. So what makes his performances special? Kanye is known for his musical collaborations with other artists such as the French electronic duo Daft Punk. He has also proven his skills as a film director as well as fashion designer. Depicting the real good life, Kanye’s 53 awards so far seem just the beginning of a career which will get him lots more!
5. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
Net Worth: $110 million
You know when you read the net worth that this hip hop star has really had an amazing year. It has actually been a series of amazing years for Curtis James Jackson III, more commonly known as 50 cent. From his provocative lyrics to the hottest models in his videos, 50 cent does invest in his music and reaps fruits of it. Rising to fame with the mammoth success of his album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and The Massacre, this artist enjoys a high profile.
4. Bryan “Birdman” Williams
Net Worth: $125 million
Bryan Birdman is a businessman who has excelled in rap music industry. His contribution to the development and promotion of new rap artists is something worth a thousand applauses. Birdman is also responsible for generous contributions in the making of Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB).
3. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young
Net Worth: $260 million
Working side by side with rap gods like 2pac and bringing out the talent in Eminem are just a few of testimonials to this hip hop icon. He is currently the CEO of Afteermaath Entertainment and has constantly been associated with promotion of rap music. His series of high end headphones names Beats by Dre became not only a standard for quality audio, but also a fashion statement. Till date, he has been awarded the Grammys an impressive 6 times and has also won 2 MTV VMAs.
2. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter
Net Worth: $460 million
Jay-Z does not follow. Jay-Z makes rules… and breaks them! Shawn Corey Carter, more commonly known by the stage name Jay-Z, is a rapping superstar, entrepreneur, record producer and occasional actor. His success can be seen from the fact that to date, he has sold over a mouth watering 50 million albums all across the globe. And to top it up, he has an unassailable 14 million Grammys to his name. Married to the sexy Beyoncé Knowles, Jay-Z is surely living the “good life”.
1. Sean “Diddy” Combs
Net Worth: $550 million
And reigning at the No. 1 spot is Sean John Combs, more commonly known by his stage aliases Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Diddy. Sean is not only the richest rap star out there, he is also the most hip when it comes to fashion sense. Everything Diddy wears is classic! Being associated to Notorious B.I.G in the 90s, it didn’t take him long to make a name for himself. Over the years, he has won 3 prestigious Grammys and 2 MTV VMAs. Puff Daddy is on a crusade to promote the cool!
Do let us know what you think of this list and which rap numbers did you enjoy the most in the last 12 months!