All of us are so much privileged to have such amazing musicians around the world. Music, when added with few beats and rap,
it becomes so fulfilling for the ears to hear them.
Don’t you agree with me? Today, I have put down the top 10 world’s richest rappers in one list below.
They have accomplished a lot in their career and has gifted us amazing rap music. The order of the list has been created in backorder,
so that, you can wait till the end of the article to know who is topping the list. Move on to read more in order to know more! Happy Reading.
10. Lil Wayne.
One of the famous and richest rappers from America, Lil Wayne who is personally known as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.
has shown his excellence not only in rapping but also in writing songs.
From a very early age, 13, he joined Cash Money Records as the youngest fellow of the record label and thus stepped into the world of rapping.
Today, his net worth is $150 million which places him in 10th place on the world’s richest rappers’ list.
The very first solo album, ‘The Block is Hot’, in the year 1999 was the breakthrough for him to stand as a certified rapper.
As soon as he reached his 4th and 5th albums, he became a prominent figure as a rapper among the mob.
To date, he has released 13 albums altogether, selling like hotcakes over the years.
His list of awards is huge, starting from 5 Grammy Awards, 11 Bet Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards,
8 NAACP Image Awards, and 2 MTV Video Music Awards. Some of his famous quotes are:
“Hate is only a form of love that hasn’t found a way to express itself logically”.
“I believe that music is another form of news.
Music is another form of journalism to me so I have to cover all the areas with my album”. Lil Wayne
9. Ice Cube
The name Ice Cube is not his real name but his stage name.
His real name is O’Shea Jackson from Los Angeles.
He secured his place in the 9th position on the world’s richest rappers’ list.
Ice Cube’s forte might be rapping, but he has shown his talent also in acting, writing, producing, and directing.
His position is justified by his present net worth, $160 million.
Ice Cube was the lead rapper of NWA, which he formed along with Eazy E and Dr. Dre. Well,
but his famous talent of rapping was put into the limelight, once he left the Gangsta Rap Group, NWA.
He stepped in his acting career with his debut film ‘Boyz N the Hood’, which was named after the rap song of Ice Cube.
Leaving aside his success in music, he has also started his self clothing brand, Solo by Cube.
His achievements include Blockbuster Entertainment Award for ‘Three Kings’,
MECCA Movie Award, VHI Hip Hop Honors, BET Hip Hop Award, and BET Honors.
extracts from his sayings:
“Truth is the ultimate power. When the truth comes around, all the lies have to run and hide”. Ice Cube
“I do what I do. You like it, great. You don’t, go listen to somebody else. I’m stickin’ with the people who stuck with me”. Ice Cube
A talent from Dallas, named Usher Raymond IV has secured his position on the 8th spot of the world’s richest rappers’ list.
He is known because of his rapping skills but furthermore, he is famous for acting, dancing, and also in songwriting.
Usher’s these special skills have earned him a net worth of $180 million.
His initial album was released by his name ‘Usher’ in 1994, but he progressed in his career while he released his 2nd album, ‘My Way’ in 1997.
By then he became a successful public figure as a singer. In 2001, he released his 3rd album ‘8701’ which yielded his no.
1 singles –‘U Remind Me’ and ‘U got it bad. ‘Confessions’ in 2004 affirmed him as the best-selling music artist in the decade of 2000.
At the moment, he has 23.8 million albums and 38.2 million digital songs within the US.
Usher’s achievements list is quite lengthy, they consist of 8 Grammy Awards, 18 Billboard Music Awards,
9 Soul Train Music Awards, and 8 American Music Awards. Some beautiful words by Usher:
“ Every time you come out with an album or a song, you want to feel like you’re growing a bit in what you are and giving people something that they can feel”. Usher
“I get to see life through rose-colored glasses a lot of the time”. Usher
The one who is holding the 7th position in the list of the world’s richest rappers is Drake from Canada.
His immense prosperity came from the skills in which he excelled.
Those talents are rapping, singing, producing, and acting.
Aubrey Drake Graham, his real name, popularized the Toronto sound.
Drake’s debut release studio album ‘Thank me later’ in 2010 became no. 1 on the US Billboard 200.
The fourth album released by Drake, ‘Views’ in 2010 remained at the peak of Billboard 200 for 13 nonconsecutive weeks.
His tremendous success is rewarded with his present net worth of $180 million.
Moreover, his award list tells us how successful he is at his job.
He has received 4 Grammy Awards, 6 American Music Awards, 1 record 27 Billboard Music Awards,
2 Brit Awards, and 3 Juno Awards.
He is categorized as the highest-rated digital singles artist in the US by RIAA.
Few quotations from his important sayings are:
“When I think of myself, I think of Toronto. My music would never sound the way it does if it weren’t for Toronto”. Drake
“I feel that when you care about your music, taking risks is something you should do to keep things exciting”. Drake
6. Master P
Master P is the spotlight name of Percy Robert Miller.
Apart from being a rap star, he is also an actor, record producer, entrepreneur, and ex-basketball player from America.
He established the record label,’ No Limit records’ which was again re-established as ‘New No Limit records’.
He is the originator and CEO of P. Miller Enterprises and ‘Better Black Television, which was an impermanent online television network.
His rank among the richest rappers is 6th by making a net worth of $200 million.
He became famous among the mob after the success of his hip hop music group, ‘TRU’.
His 5th release was a solo rap album ‘Ice Cream Man’, which made him gain a reputation as a rapper.
He also starred in different movies which are ‘I Got the Hook Up’, ‘Soccer Man’, ‘Toxic’, ‘Gone in sixty seconds, and ‘Foolish’.
Master P accomplished the American Music Awards for ‘Favorite Rap/ Hip Hop Artist’.
He comes in rank 28 in the list of ‘Most Influential Rappers of all time’ in accordance to BET. Some of his famous sayings are:
“Now my fans are older and they understand how to appreciate me the same way I appreciate them for being there for me”. Master P
“Most of the people don’t get their just due until they ain’t here no more”. Master P
The actual name of Eminem is Marshall Bruce Mathers II.
Largely known as Eminem, he is one of the world’s richest rappers.
His successful journey as a rap artist is very much significant from the massive sale of his records worldwide.
Besides rapping, he is best known for popularizing Hip Hop in middle America.
The approval of white rappers began with Eminem, for he broke the racial differences and moved forward.
Though his debut album is ‘Infinite’ in the year 1996, he gained popularity in the year 1999 for ‘The Slim Shady LP. After that,
He released ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ and ‘The Eminem Show’ which proved to be a tremendous success for him as for these,
he was nominated for the Grammy Award for the best album of that year. As time went by, he kept on releasing the no.
1 albums of US – ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’, ‘Revival’, ‘Kamikaze’ and ‘Music to be Murdered By’.
The list of achievements for Eminem is huge, it consists of 15 Grammy Awards,
8 American Music Awards, and 17 Billboard Music Awards. Moreover,
he was entitled as ‘Artist Of The Decade’ by Billboard for the years 2000-2009.
He stands in the 5th spot in the list of richest rappers with a net worth of $230 million. Few quotations by him :
“A lot of truth is said in jest”. Eminem
“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride and nothing is guaranteed”. Eminem
4. Dr. Dre
Andre Romelle Young is famously known by his pet name Dr. Dre.
His efficiency is not restricted to rapping but he is also known as an audio engineer, record executive, and entrepreneur.
Dr. Dre is the originator of ‘Aftermath Entertainment’ and ‘Beats Electronics’.
His fame was achieved while performing with the Gangsta rap group, ‘N.W.A’.
His first released album ‘the chronic’ under ‘Death Row Records’ made him a famous public figure and became one of the top-selling American Music Artist in the year 1993.
Undoubtedly, he has fixed his spot in the world’s richest rappers‘ list at 4th with a net worth of $820 million.
Some of the famous albums of Dr. Dre are ‘Crompton’, ‘Detox’, ‘Dretox’, ’Concrete Roots’, ‘Legendary Style’ etc.
He has achieved 6 Grammy Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Awards, and 1 BET Hip Hop Awards. Few extracts are taken from his famous quotes:
“I just want to get my music out and make sure that it’s heard in the right way.” Dr. Dre
“When the ideas are coming, I won’t stop until the ideas stop because that train doesn’t come along all the time.” Dr. Dre
3. P. Diddy
Professionally titled as P.Diddy, Puffy, or Diddy is popular for his rapping skills from America.
Sean John Combs is the actual name of this rapper is also a record executive, record producer, and entrepreneur.
His initial album, ‘No Way Out’ became tremendously popular and was authorized as 7 times platinum.
He has secured a definite spot in the list of the world’s richest rappers at 3rd place with a net worth of $885 million.
Puffy’s hits didn’t limit to his 1st album, but he became more prosperous as he released his other successful albums which are ‘Forever’, ‘The Saga Continues’, ‘Press Play’ etc.
This famous singer then built a musical group named ‘Dirty Money’ in 2009.
He released another album ‘Last Train To Paris’ in 2010, this group gained success both critically and commercially.
He helped other artists such as Mary J Blige and Notorious B.I.G. to pursue their careers in the same field.
P. Diddy accomplished 3 Grammy Awards and 2 MTV Video Music Awards. Also, he Is the administrator of MTV’s Making the Band.
Some of his sayings are as follows:
“ Don’t be afraid to close your eyes and dream but then open your eyes and see”. P. Diddy
“ It always seems impossible until it’s done”. P. Diddy
2. Jay Z
Born in New York City, Shawn Corey Carter, i.e.
Jay Z showcased his talent on stage as a rap artist and became successful in this field.
Except being a rap star he is also a businessman, songwriter, record executive, and record producer. Moreover, he is even famous for hip hop.
He founded his record label ‘Roc-A-Fella’ Records in 1995 and afterward released his first record ‘Reasonable Doubt’ in 1996 that fixed his position in the music industry.
His net worth of $1 billion permits him to stand in the 2nd position on the world’s richest rappers’ list.
Other successful albums of Jay Z are ‘The Blueprint’, ‘The Black Album’, ‘American Gangster, ‘4:44’ etc.
His success isn’t restricted to only rapping, he is also a successful businessman.
Jay’s clothing retailer ‘Rocawear’, luxury sports bar chain ‘40/40 Club’ have glimpsed huge profits.
His achievements include 3 American Music Awards, 6 Billboard Music Awards, 23 Grammy Awards, 7 BET Awards, 17 BET Hip Hop Awards, 7 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 MTV European Awards, and 2 BRIT Awards. Few extracts from Jay Z are:
“I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me”. Jay Z
“A wise man told me don’t argue with fools. Cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who”. Jay Z
Kanye Omari West, more popularly known as Kanye West is an American Rapper.
Apart from his music career, he is also a record producer, fashion designer, and politician. He is very much responsible for the growth of Hip Hop.
Initially, he was known to be a producer of Roc-A-Fella Awards. But he wanted to be known for his rapping skills and thus went forward to release his very first album,
‘ The College Dropout’ in 2004 which gained huge accomplishments from his listeners. More of his other albums which were released and ran successfully are ‘Late Registration’,
‘Graduation’, ‘808s & Heartbreak’ etc.
This popularity brought a lot of prosperity with it which made him the world’s richest rapper with a net worth of $3.2 billion.
He is one of the largest selling music artists whose 20 million albums and 140 million singles have been sold throughout the world.
West won 22 Grammy Awards, a Webby Award, GQ Award, Clio Award, Billboard Artist Achievement Award, and many more.
Some of the famous quotes by him are:
“My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live”. Kanye West
“I was never really good at anything except for the ability to learn”. Kanye West
Hopefully, you have enjoyed while reading this article.
The awestrucking achievements of the rappers have really made a huge difference in the musical industry.
Starting from Kanye West till Lil Wayne, all of them have proved their worth for which they deserve to be placed in the world’s richest rappers’ list.
Each one has shown us their struggle to be on top and from them, you and I both must learn that whatever happens,
we need to stay focused on our goal and we shall achieve success.
Thank you for reading till this end! I have provided a summary of the richest rappers serially from 1 to 10 along with their net worth:
1. Kanye West – $3.2 billion
2. Jay Z – $1 billion
3. P. Diddy – $885 million
4. Dr. Dre – $820 million
5. Eminem – $230 million
6. Master P – $200 million
7. Drake – $180 million
8. Usher – $180 million
9. Ice Cube- $160 million
10. Lil Wayne – $150 million