Ever wondered who the richest rappers in the world is? Most of the rappers who are experiencing their lavish lives came from suburbs. They struggled so hard under the curb of poverty, but over time, their talent made them into what they are now. Most of the rappers haven’t started their careers at the top. They began rapping on streets. But their skills paved the way to the extravagant life they are living now.
They don’t have to take loans from banks for any major projects. Here is the list of 15 Richest Rappers in the world who have trendy homes, expensive cars, and sumptuous lives. Ranging from Pharell to Diddy, there are so many passionate rappers who are doing really well in the rapping domain. The fortunes of these money-making machines will blow the minds. Let’s see who makes it into the list of Top 15 Richest Rappers in the world, where they came from and how much they are worth.
Top 15 Richest Rappers in the world as of 2017
Nelly is an African American who was born on 2nd November 1974 in Austin, Texas, USA. His full name is Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. He is one of the most successful rappers, singers, actors, entrepreneurs and investors in America. He kicked off his musical career in 1993 when he first performed collaborating with St. Lunatics, a Southern hip-hop group. Later, he started his solo career and debuted with his first album Country Grammar which is the best-selling album to date with more than 8.4 million copies sold in the US itself.
Ever since then, Nelly became successful with chart-topping hits and immense fan following. Nelly won Grammy awards for his music in 2003 and 2004. Currently, his net worth is a huge $60 million.
14. Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian American who was born on December 8th, 1982 in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. Her full name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She is a singer-songwriter. She has released three mix-tapes from 2007-2009 which brought her public attention. Her debut Pink Friday went viral shortly after the launch in 2011. She released her second album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in 2012. Both the albums topped in U.S.Billboard 200. Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List. Minaj is the only woman to be featured on Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list. She is never shy about earnings and openly claims that she earns $50000 for guest verses. Her current net worth is $70 million.
Timbaland is an American record producer, singer, songwriter, DJ and rapper who was born on March 10th, 1972 at Norfolk, Virginia, US. His full name is Timothy Zachery “Tim” Mosley. He initially launched some albums with his friend Magoo but started his solo career by releasing Tim’s Bio in 1998. Timbaland got roped in and became the part of Swing’s crew where he became writer, producer as well as a performer. He worked as a hit-producer for Aaliyah and Missy Elliott and as executive producer for hit TV series Empire and became more famous for his Cry Me a River, 4 Minutes, The Way I Are and Give It to Me. His net worth is $85 million.
Drake is a Canadian rapper, singer, record producer, songwriter and actor who was born on October 24th, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His full name is Aubrey Drake Graham. In the initial stages of his career, he got recognition as an actor in TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Drake’sgrowing passion towards rap made him depart the series and release a mix-tape in 2007. After two more independent projects, he finally signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in 2009. Drake launched his first album Thank Me Later in 2010 which soon went Platinum by RIAA. He won a total of 3 Grammy Awards from 27 nominations and recently surpassed Adele’s record of most winnings at Billboard Music Awards. His net worth is $90 million.
11. LL Cool J
LL Cool J is short for Ladies Love Cool James. He is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, and author who was born on 14th January 1968 in Bay Shore, New York, US. James began rapping at the age of 9 inspired by a hip hop group The Treacherous Three. He signed for Def Jam records at 14 years of age and released “I Need a Beat” which got a tremendous response, and over 100000 copies got sold. LL Cool J left school and recorded his debut album Radio to which the fans responded positively. Cool J started his acting career in 1997 by appearing in B.A.P.S directed by Robert Townsend. He worked as a host of a celebrity competition Lip Sync Battle in 2015. His net worth is $100 million.
Pharell is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and film producer born on April 5th, 1973 in Virginia, US. His full name is Pharell Lanscillo Williams. He met Chad Hugo when he was in seventh grade and played keyboards, drums. They started a band name Skateboard P. Later joining with their friends they formed a group of 4 and entered a talent show. After schooling, they signed for Riley. This “Happy” singer is one of the most diversified performers on the Celeb 100 list. Pharell received four Grammy’s out of eight nominations. He also got so many awards for his best work as a producer too. His net worth is $150 million.
9. Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg is an American rapper and actor who was born on October 20th, 1971 in California, US. His full name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. With the sheer passion towards rapping, Snoop started his music career in 1992 with Dr. Dre of N.W.A. His first solo album Doggystyle got released in 1993 and had listed in so many top charts by selling over a million copies in the first week of release itself. He is well-known for his freestyle of lyrics. Snoop got nominated 17 times for the Grammy awards but without a single win. Keeping his rapping skills aside, he also gained fame for his acting skills too. His net worth is $143 million.
8. Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne is an American hip-hop recording artist who was born on September 27th, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. His full name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. He started his career at 15 years with Cash Money Records which went double Platinum and occupied the 3rd position on Billboard. Lil released his solo album Tha Block Is Hot in 1999 which instantly became a hit. Wayne launched his first Rock album titled as Rebirth which got #2 place on MTV’s list of hottest MC’s. His sixth album Tha Carter was nominated for eight Grammy awards and pocketed four of them. His riches worth around $150 million.
7. Kanye West
Kanye West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer and entrepreneur who was born on June 8th, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. His full name is Kayne Omari West. West started producing hit singles for rappers like Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, etc. in the early 2000s. His debut album The College Dropout came out in 2004 and became a commercial success. Kayne is one of the most praised musicians of the the21st century. Most of his albums are the best-selling ones with more than millions of copies sold. He won a total of 21 Grammy awards and became the most awarded artist of all the time. His net worth is approximate $145 million.
Eminem is an American rapper, actor and record producer who was born on 17th October 1972 in Missouri, U.S. His full name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III. His first album Infinite got launched in 1996 which immediately brought him to sign Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment. Eminem is also a member of Midwest hip-hop groups Soul Intent and D12.Eminem is known as “Rap God” in the present music industry. His ventures like Shady Records introduced some talented artists like 50 Cent. He is the second best-selling male artist of Nielsen Sound Scan Era and ranks 83rd on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 greatest artists of all time. His net worth is about $160 million.
Birdman is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur who was born on February 15th, 1969 in Lousiana, U.S. His full name is Bryan Christopher Williams. He served 22 months in prison for selling heroin at the age of 16 and again in 18 for drug possession. However, things went pretty well for him after that. Birdman joined DJ Mannie Fresh in 1997 and released the first album Big Tymers in 1998. They went on launching some bestselling albums later on. He co-founded of Cash Money Records with his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams. Not only as a musician, but Bryan also succeeded in entrepreneurial. His total riches are worth of $170 million.
4. Master P
Master P is an American rapper, businessman, actor, investor, author, former basketball player and also a philanthropist. He was born on April 29th, 1968 in New Orleans, Lousiana, U.S. His full name is Percy Robert Miller. Miller launched his debut solo album Get Away Clean in 1992 which followed by his second release Mama’s Bad Boy. He joined with group TRU and released Who’s da Killer album. His most successful album till date is MP Da Last Don. The album crawled up to the first place on Billboard by selling 400000 copies in a week and got certified Platinum four times. He is the founder of P. Miller Enterprises and Better Black Television which got shut down by the online television network. His net worth is $350 million.
3. Jay Z
Jay Z is an American rapper and businessman who was born on 4th December 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. His full name is Shawn Corey Carter. As no major label came forward to make a deal, Jay started selling his CD’s with Damon Dash and Kareem Biggs. Later they created their own label in 1995. After gaining a smashing hit with his work, he released his first album Reasonable Doubts in 1996. Jay owns the record for most number of albums by solo artist. Rolling Stone ranked him 88th on the list of greatest artists of all time. Jay Z co-created clothing Rocawear and is also an MLB sports agent. His net worth is $810 million.
2. Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur who was born on February 18th, 1965 in Compton, California, U.S. His full name is Andre Romelle Young. He started his career as a member of World Class Wreckin’ Cru. The chronic album marked his solo debut in 1992. His debut album itself made him one of the best-selling American performing artists.Dre is the third richest figure in hip hop world who also got credited as a vital figure in West Coast G-funk. He has won 6 Grammy awards, and Rolling Stone ranked him at 56th in the 100 greatest artists of all-time list. His net worth is $740 million.
Diddy is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur who was born on November 4th, 1969 in Harlem, New York, U.S. His full name is Sean John Combs. He worked as a talent director initially but stopped after starting his own label Bad Boy Entertainment. His debut No Way out still tops the list and got certified Platinum seven times. Not only in music but also earned loads as an entrepreneur and song writer and as the producer of MTV’s Making the Band. One of his best hits of all time is the Last Train to Paris. He is the chairman and CEO of Combs Enterprises and won three Grammy awards. His net worth is incredible $820 million.