Top 30 Richest Rap Musicians in the World

Rappers are known throughout the world for their creative approach to rhythms and words. Rap is often referred to as spoken word poetry. And in recent years it has become a whitewash and one of the most influential musical cultures. It is a whole industry, a special way of life, and a separate category of pleasure. Expensive cars, villas and yachts, uncontrolled spending, and the loudest parties. It’s easy to see how and where it all comes from when you see how many modern rappers earn.
Today’s well-paid rappers haven’t stopped writing lyrics, but some have expanded their interests and gone into big business, and some continue to move in a creative direction and become actors or producers, helping young talent work their way to the top.
According to the latest figures, Kanye West is the highest-paid hip-hop musician in the world, Jay-Z came in second with $81 million, and Diddy rounds out the top three. But first things first. Below you will see our ranking of the 30 richest rappers based on FORBES, Celebrity Net Worth, and The Wealthy Gorilla. For convenience, we have divided the list into several subgroups.

$50 – $60 Million Net Worth

30.

Chamillionaire

Chamillionaire

Real Name: Hakeem Temidaya Seriki

Net Worth: $50 Million

Chamillionaire was born in 1979 in a Muslim family with very strict rules, prohibiting any music at home. The future star started his career on the streets, and already in 2002 released his first album, as a part of Paul Wall & Chamillionaire duet. Today the musician works solo, and apart from music he is also involved in various business projects and startups.

29.

T.I

T I

Real Name: Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.

Net Worth: $50 Million

American rapper T.I. started his career in the late 1990s, and by today has grown into one of the misters of the world’s music industry, having released dozens of albums, and being involved in record-label business, songwriting and cinematography. Today the net worth of the rapper is estimated at 50 million USD.

28.

Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa

Real Name: Cameron Jibril Thomaz

Net Worth: $60 Million

Wiz Khalifa is an American rapper, singer, actor, and songwriter, who was born in 1987 and started his rap career at the age of 12. In 2017 he was already known as one of the top3 musicians with more than a billion views on YouTube. The musician was nominated for Grammy several times and collaborated with the world’s most famous singers.

27.

J. Cole

J Cole

Real Name: Jermaine Lamarr Cole

Net Worth: $60 Million

J. Cole was born in 1985 and already in 2007, the musician has started how to own record labels. Being one of the richest rappers in the world, today the musician collaborated with the most famous celebrities and brands, and also works as a producer for your rap singers.

26.

PSY

PSY

Real Name: Park Jae-sangNet

Net Worth: $60 Million

One of the not many non-American rappers managed to reach the top of the world’s ratings, PSY, a South Korean musician, who was born in 1977, became incredibly popular after the release of his “Gangnam Style” in 2001. Today the rapper keeps working on his music and also collaborates with huge Korean and international companies, such as Samsung.

$60-80 Million Net Worth

25.

Ice T

Ice-T

Real Name: Tracy Lauren Marrow

Net Worth: $60 Million

Ice T has been known on the American rap stage since the beginning of the 1990s, as this is when he released his first album. Today the musician is more involved in the projects (a super-popular Law&Order series) but keeps working in the music industry as a singer, songwriter, and also a producer for other hip-hop enthusiasts.

24.

Rev Run

Rev Run

Real Name: Joseph Ward Simmons

Net Worth: $60 Million

On the next line is an American rapper, DJ, music producer, actor, and TV host Joseph Ward Simmons, known as Rev Run. Simmons is a founding member of the influential hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. He is also a practicing minister known as “Reverend Run.”

23.

Nas

Nas

Real Name: Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones

Net Worth: $70 Million

Nas is an American hip-hop singer, music producer, actor, and entrepreneur who is one of the preeminent hip-hop poets of all time, and his album “Illmatic” is considered by the global hip-hop community to be the greatest in history. As of 2020, Nas has an estimated net worth of $70 million, which puts him at number 23 on the list of the richest rappers in the world.

22.

Will.I.Am

Will.I.Am

Real Name: William Adams

Net Worth: $75 Million

Having gained fame as a member of the Black Eye Peas, Will. I.Am has not stopped there and today has become one of the richest rappers in the world. Making music, filming, and being a judge on the British show The Voice aren’t the only things that help him build up his fortune. He also runs a clothing design company and is the creative director of Intel Corporation and 3D Systems.

21.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

Real Name: Kendrick Lamar Duckworth

Net Worth: $75 Million

The major discovery of rap music in recent years, Kendrick Lamar, is the first non-jazz and non-classical musician ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. This rapper achieved popularity even faster than most of the rap artists on this list have been in the industry much longer than he has. an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Lamar has been regarded by many as one of the most influential rappers of his time. And he earned his place here.
Lamar has won 13 Grammy Awards (37 nominations), 11 MTV Video Music Awards, an Academy Award nomination, and other awards. Lamar has collaborated with such global business giants as Nike and American Express.

$80 – 100 Million Net Worth

20.

Akon

Akon

Real Name: Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam

Net Worth: $80 Million

The Senegalese-born American owns a record label and a clothing line, which has also contributed positively to his estimated $80 million fortune. Akon is also a philanthropist and is not afraid to invest his funds and energy in important projects, such as providing solar power to 14 African countries. But still a significant part of his income the musician gets from his record label.

19.

Timbaland

Timbaland

Real Name: Timothy Zachery Mosley

Net Worth: $85 Million

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Timbaland has held the position of one of the richest rappers in the world for the last few years – his fortune is estimated at $85 million. Timbaland is known not only as a performer and winner of two Grammys but also as the author of lyrics for many American pop stars. The main income of the musician comes from his record label Mosley Music Group.

18.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

Real Name: Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty

Net Worth: $85 Million

The American rap singer of Trinidadian descent is the only female rap artist in our ranking, and she is the only female singer in it. Celebrity Net Worth estimates Nicki Minaj’s net worth at $85 million in 2021. In addition to being one of the most influential women in the rap industry, Minaj is also the richest female rapper in the world. The young girl’s talent was noticed by Lil Wayne, who, after hearing the Playtime Is Over, Sucka Free and Beam Me Up Scotty mixtapes, signed her on behalf of his label Young Money Entertainment in August 2009.

17.

Mike D

Mike D

Real Name: Michael Diamond

Net Worth: $90 Million

In 17th place is an American rapper, musician, and songwriter, as well as a drummer and producer, Michael Diamond. Mike D is best known as a member of the hip-hop group Beastie Boys. As of 2020, Mike D’s fortune is about $90 million.

16.

Ad-Rock

Ad-Rock

Real Name: Adam Horovitz

Net Worth: $90 Million

Again according to Celebrity Net Worth, Beastie Boys guitarist Adam Horowitz, a.k.a. Ad-Rock, is worth an estimated $90 million. He gets royalties for his work with the hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, but he also makes extra money creating remixes for other artists. He’s also an actor and producer.

$100 – $200 Million Net Worth

15.

Pitbull

Pitbull

Real Name: Armando Christian Pérez

Net Worth: $100 Million

Cuban-born American rapper, singer, songwriter, and music producer, Pitbull, began his career in the early 2000s recording reggaeton, Latin hip-hop, and crunk under multiple labels. He has repeatedly topped the Billboard charts in more than 20 countries, and as early as 2020 Pitbull became the 18th richest rapper in the world with a fortune of $90 million.

14.

Birdman

Birdman

Real Name: Bryan Williams

Net Worth: $100 Million

The rapper, producer and businessman, Birdman, became famous in the mid-1990s when he was a member of the Big Tymers. Today the musician owns his own label Cash Money Records, and he is one of the richest rappers of our time, occupying the 14th line of our rating. As of 2020, Birdman has a net worth of $100 million.

13.

LL Cool J

LL Cool J

Real Name: James Todd Smith

Net Worth: $120 Million

According to Celebrity Net Worth, pop rapper LL Cool J’s fortune is estimated at $120 million. This wealthy rapper has also run his hands into creating a clothing line, published four books, runs his own label, and has a successful acting career. The stage name LL Cool J stands for Ladies Love Cool James.

12.

Swizz Beatz

Swizz Beatz

Real Name: Kasseem Dean

Net Worth: $150 Million

In 12th place are Swizz Beatz, an American hip-hop producer, and rapper of Puerto Rican and African-American descent. Swizz Beatz is the founder of the music label Full Surface Records, which generates most of his income (reaching the $150 million mark).

11.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Real Name: Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.

Net Worth: $150 Million

Snoop Dogg’s total assets are also estimated at $150 million. The legend’s earnings consist of several portfolios: music, movies business, which includes producing a line of legal products within the U.S. that include marijuana, an app development business, and digital media.
Snoop Dogg began his career in 1992 and is one of the most legendary figures in Hip-Hop history.

10.

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

Real Name: Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.

Net Worth: $150 Million

As a 9-year-old child, he joined the Cash Money Records label and has since become one of the label’s top-selling artists. He owns a share in Tidal and has already released his memoirs.
Today, Lil Wayne is a key figure in Southern hip-hop and one of the best-selling hip-hop artists in history. The artist is ranked number 10 on the list of the richest rappers in the world.

9.

Ice Cube

Ice Cube

Real Name: O’Shea Jackson

Net Worth: $160 Million

In ninth place were Ice Cube, an American rapper, actor, screenwriter, director, and composer. One of the pioneers of gangsta rap. Today, Ice Cube derives most of his income from acting, writing screenplays, his clothing line and as a co-founder of Big3, a three-on-three basketball league featuring former NBA players. According to Celebrity Net Worth, his fortune is estimated at $160 million.

8.

Drake

Drake

Real Name: Aubrey Drake Graham

Net Worth: $180 Million

The fortune of one of the youngest rappers on our list has increased 50% in the last year. His investments in real estate and his Virginia Black brand of whiskey, as well as high tour profits and a long-term partnership agreement with XS Nightclub in Las Vegas, have all contributed to this growth. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the rapper and actor from the TV series “Six” has a fortune of $180 million.
Drake originally gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation, in the early 2000s. In 2007, to pursue music, he left the project and released his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement. The investment of time and risk has fully paid off.

7.

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams

Real Name: Pharrell Lanscilo Williams

Net Worth: $200 Million

Pharrell Williams is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, music producer, film producer, and clothing designer. Together with Chad Hugo (The Neptunes), he produces mostly hip-hop music. Leader, vocalist, and drummer in the funk-rock band NERD along with Hugo and Shay Haley.

Released solo work: debut single Frontin in 2003, album In My Mind in 2006, and album G I R L in March 2014. As a member of The Neptunes, Pharrell produced a huge number of hits for a variety of megastars. Having created the multimedia creative collective I Am Other as a front for his ventures, the rapper earns money from clothing design, a YouTube channel, and textiles.

6.

Master P

Master P

Real Name: Percy Robert Miller

Net Worth: $200 Million

According to Celebrity Net Worth, the fortune of this rapper, producer, and former basketball player is estimated at $200 million. As the story goes, Master P used his $10,000 inheritance to open his music store, then turned it into a record label and expanded it into a business empire. Today, the musician’s empire is not limited to music and has stakes in everything from telecommunications to real estate. He founded his own record label and is also the CEO of P. Miller Enterprises.

Top 5

5.

Eminem

Eminem

Real Name: Marshall Bruce Mathers III

Net Worth: $230 Million

The most famous white rapper of all time, Eminem, has remained at the top of the rankings of the richest rap musicians in the world for years. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Eminem’s fortune is about $230 million. He earns most of his money from albums and the record label Shady Records.
Eminem is one of the best-selling music artists in the world, as well as the best-selling artist of the 2000s. He has been named one of the greatest musicians of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone, which placed Eminem at number 83 on its list of the 100 greatest artists.

4.

Dr. Dre

Dr Dre

Real Name: Andre Romelle Young

Net Worth: $780 Million

Despite his obviously well-deserved title as a winter snore legend, today Dr. Dre makes most of his money from Beats Electronics, the company he co-founded and sold directly to Apple for $3 billion in cash and stock. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the rapper’s current fortune is estimated at $780 million.
One of the most successful beatmakers in rap music. He is considered the most important figure in popularizing and founding father of the g-funk style, a style of rap music that emerged in the mid-1980s in Los Angeles. Dr. Dre is considered one of the best hip-hop producers of all time.

3.

P Diddy

P Diddy

Real Name: Sean Combs

Net Worth: $900 Million

According to Celebrity Net Worth, the fortune of Sean Combs, better known as P. Diddy, is estimated at $900 million. He was once the richest rapper in the world, as the talented musician makes a lot of money from his fashion line and has stakes in companies like Cîroc Vodka, Revolt TV, and Aquahydrate. The hip-hop singer formerly known as Puff Daddy dropped to third place in the ranking of the richest rappers in the world, as industry trends have a negative impact on some of his companies. We are talking primarily about the cable network Revolt and the clothing brand Sean John. However, the sales of the French company Ciroc are growing.

2.

Jay Z

Jay Z

Real Name: Shawn Corey Carter

Net Worth: $1.3 Billion

According to Wealthy Gorilla, Jay Z is somehow the owner of a gigantic $1 billion fortune as of 2021. This rapper was not only a legendary artist but also the first billionaire in the hip-hop industry. Jay-Z was the first rapper to cross the billion-dollar mark, and he was the richest rapper in the world until April 2020, when Kanye took the top spot.

In fact, most of Jay-Z’s net worth came from his investments in businesses ranging from recording and fashion to clubs and startups.

1.

Kanye West

Kanye West

Real Name: Kanye Omari West

Net Worth: $6.6 Billion

American rapper, songwriter, music producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he rose to fame as a producer, taking part in the creation of hits for artists such as Jay-Z, Ludacris, Talib Kweli, and Alisha Keys. After dropping out of college to focus on music, he decided to become a rapper, releasing his debut album, The College Dropout, in 2004.

Today, though, West makes money from everything from record sales, his own fashion house, record labels, and his share of the online music subscription service Tidal, and dozens of collaboration projects with the world’s most reputable brands.

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