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Top 25 richest in Hip Hop

In this article we take a look at the 25 richest hip hop Artist and explore their different business ventures that contributed greatly to their financial independence.

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Busta Rhymes is an American rapper and hip hop recording artist, who is well known for his high energy when on the mic, classic collaborations and lyrical capabilities combined with an incredibly fast rapping ability. As of 2018, Busta Rhymes’ net worth is roughly $65 million, which puts him 25th on this list of the richest rappers.

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Rev. Run, born Joseph Simmons, is one of the founding members of the influential hip-hop group Run–D.M.C can officially be labeled as one of the pioneers of rap & hip hop overall. 

As for this year, 2018, his net worth is $70 million, which puts him at #24 on this list.

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Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actress; and has collaborated with a wide number of best selling artists, including Drake, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Birdman, Tyga, Chris Brown, and more. She has had a variety of business ventures including clothing perfume, make-up among others. Currently, she is worth 75 million, which puts her at the 23rd spot.

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Will.I.Am started his career in the music business as a member of the hip-hop group, Black Eyed Peas. Later on, he eventually transitioned into a solo career which proved to be very profitable.

Will.I.Am’s net worth is $75 million, making him the 22nd richest rapper in the world.

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Mike D evolved from an old school hip-hop group, the Beastie Boys. The Beastie Boys was formed in the 1980’s and was consisted of three members: Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock.

As of 2018, Mike D’s net worth is $75 million, putting him at a tie with Nikki Minaj and Will.i.am

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Adam Horovitz, better known as King Ad-Rock, is an American musician, guitarist, rapper, producer, and actor. He is also best known as a member of the hip-hop group the Beastie Boys.

Horovitz is the 20th richest rapper in the world, with a net worth of $75 million in 2018.

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Akon is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up”, featuring Styles P form the classic group the locks. the first single from his debut album Trouble. In 2018 he is currently sitting at 80 million which makes him the 19th richest Artists in Hip Hop.

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Timothy Z. Mosley, better known by his stage name Timbaland, is an American record producer, rapper, singer, songwriter, and DJ. Timbaland's first full credit production work was in 1996 on Ginuwine...the Bachelor for R&B singer Ginuwine. After further work on Aaliyah's 1996 album, One in a Million and Missy Elliott's 1997 album Supa Dupa Fly, Timbaland became a prominent producer for R&B and hip-hop artists. As a rapper he initially released several albums with fellow rapper Magoo, followed by his debut solo album Tim's Bio in 1998. In 2002, Timbaland produced the hit single "Cry Me a River" for Justin Timberlake, going on to produce most of Timberlake's subsequent LPs such as FutureSex/LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience and their respective hit singles. A Timbaland-owned imprint label, Mosley Music Group, featured artists such as Nelly Furtado, whose Timbaland-produced album Loose was a commercial and critical success. In 2007, Timbaland released a solo album, Shock Value, which was followed by Shock Value II in 2009. Currently, he is holding at 80 million, putting him at number 18

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Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur. Drake initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, he departed the series in 2007 following the release of his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement. He released two further independent projects, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, before signing to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment in June 2009.  His current net worth is 100 million putting him as the 17th richest Artists in Hip Hop.

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James Todd Smith, known professionally as LL Cool J, is an American rapper, actor, author and entrepreneur from Queens, New York. He is known for such hip hop hits as "Going Back to Cali", "I'm Bad", "The Boomin' System", "Rock the Bells" and "Mama Said Knock You Out", as well as romantic ballads such as "Doin' It", "I Need Love", "All I Have", "Around the Way Girl" and "Hey Lover".  He is currently in 16th place of Richest Artist in Hip Hop with a cool 100 million. Putting him at a tie with Drake.

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O'Shea Jackson Sr., known professionally as Ice Cube, is an American rapper, writer and actor. One of the founding artists of gangsta rap, Ice Cube initially gained recognition as the primary songwriting and performing member of the seminal hip-hop groups C.I.A. and N.W.A, the latter of which gained extreme notoriety for pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music, as well as visual imagery in music videos. Ice Cube comes in the 15th place of Richest Artist in Hip Hop with a 120 million net worth.

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Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, television personality and actor. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre and featured on Dre's solo debut, "Deep Cover", and then on Dre's solo debut album, The Chronic. He has since sold over 23 million albums in the United States and 35 million albums worldwide.  Comming in on the 14th place for this list of Richest Artist in Hip Hop, with his net worth at 143 million.

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Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. He is one of the most popular rappers in the world, and one of the world's best-selling music artists. West's contributions to music and fashion, along with his publicized personal life made him a global figure in popular culture. Kanye's current position is the 13th place of our list with his current sitting of 147 million.

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Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper. In 1991, at the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo The B.G.'z, alongside fellow New Orleans-based rapper Lil' Doogie. In 1996, Lil Wayne joined the southern hip hop group Hot Boys, with his Cash Money label-mates Juvenile, Young Turk and Lil' Doogie. Hot Boys debuted with Get It How U Live!, that same year. Most of the group's success came with their platinum-selling album Guerrilla Warfare and the 1999 single "Bling Bling". Along with being the flagship artist of Cash Money Records, Lil Wayne is also the Chief Executive Officer of his own label imprint, Young Money Entertainment, which he founded in 2005. His place is 12 on this list of Richest Artist in Hip Hop with his current holdings of 150 million. 

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Pharrell Lanscilo Williams is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Williams and Chad Hugo comprise the record production duo The Neptunes, producing hip hop and R&B music. He is the lead vocalist of the band N*E*R*D, that he formed with Hugo and childhood friend, Shay Haley. He released his first solo single, "Frontin'", in 2003 and followed up with his debut solo album, In My Mind, in 2006. His second album, Girl, was released in March 2014. This album was preceded by the commercially successful single, "Happy". As part of the Neptunes, Williams has produced numerous hit singles for various recording artists.  Within the list of Richest Artist in Hip Hop Pharrell holds the 11th place with a holding of 150 million.

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Bryan Christopher Williams (born February 15, 1969), known by his stage name Birdman (also known as Baby), is an American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and public face of Cash Money Records which he founded with his older brother Ronald "Slim" Williams in 1991. Birdman released his eponymous debut album in 2002, and has gone on to release four solo studio albums in total. Aside from his solo career, he is also a member of the hip-hop duo Big Tymers, along with producer Mannie Fresh.

Along with his solo work and numerous releases with the Big Tymers, Birdman has released a collaboration album and numerous tracks with fellow rapper and protégé Lil Wayne, whom he discovered and took under his wing at an early age. Birdman has also made his name by contributing to the making of YMCMB (Young Money Cash Money Billionaires), a combination of the former's "Cash Money" and Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment imprint under the label. With his Current holdings at 150 million, he is in 10th place of this list of Richest Artist  in Hip-hop, and at a tie financially with Pharrell.

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Curtis James Jackson III, known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, businessman, and investor. Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the borough of Queens, Jackson began selling drugs at age twelve during the 1980s crack epidemic. He later began pursuing a musical career and in 2000 he produced Power of the Dollar for Columbia Records, but days before the planned release he was shot and the album was never released. In 2002, after Jackson released the compilation album Guess Who's Back?, he was discovered by Eminem and signed by Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. 50 Cent comes into this list at 9th place with a current holding of 150 million. Congratulations on your spot in the Top of the list for Richest Artist in Hip Hop.

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Ronald Jay "Slim" Williams is an American businessman who co-founded the record label Cash Money Records along with his younger brother, rapper Bryan "Birdman" Williams. As with his younger brother, he is the executive producer for much of Cash Money artist's albums, especially Lil Wayne. In February 2009, the Williams brothers were featured in CNBC's Newbos: The Rise of America's New Black Overclass, a documentary show profiling several black multi-millionaires. Williams appeared in Lil Wayne's Behind The Music episode, which premiered September 10, 2009. Currently in 8th place on the List of Richest Artist in Hip Hop with a holding of 170 million.

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Usher Raymond IV, is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 12, his mother put him in local singing competitions, before catching the attention of a music A&R from LaFace Records. He released his self-titled debut album, Usher but rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way. It spawned his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "Nice & Slow", amongst top-two singles "You Make Me Wanna..." and "My Way". 8701 produced the number-one singles "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad", and top-three single "U Don't Have to Call". It sold 8 million copies worldwide and won his first two Grammy Awards as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002 and 2003.  With a current holding of 180 million, Usher holds the rank of 7th place on the list of Richest Artist in Hip Hop.

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Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known professionally as Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and actor. Eminem is the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the United States. Throughout his career, he has had 10 number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. With 47.4 million albums sold in the U.S. and 220 million records globally, he is among the world's best-selling artists of all time and is consistently cited as one of the greatest and most influential artists in any genre. He is the only artist to have eight albums consecutively debut at number one on the Billboard 200. Rolling Stone ranked him 83rd on its list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, calling him the "King of Hip Hop".  With a holding of 210 million Enimem holds the 6th place of the List of Richest Artist in Hip Hop.

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Russell Wendell Simmons is an American entrepreneur, record producer, and author. The chair and CEO of Rush Communications, he cofounded the hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings and created the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and Tantris. Simmons's net worth was estimated at 325 million putting him in the 5th place on the List of Richest Artist in Hip Hop.

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Percy Robert Miller, known by his stage name Master P or his business name P. Miller is an American rapper, actor, businessman, record producer, philanthropist, and former basketball player. He is the founder of the record label No Limit Records, which was relaunched as New No Limit Records through Universal Records and Koch Records, then again as Guttar Music Entertainment, and currently, No Limit Forever Records. He is the founder and CEO of P. Miller Enterprises and Better Black Television, which was a short-lived online television network. Master P's net worth was estimated at 350 million putting him in the 4th place on the List of Richest Artist in Hip Hop.

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Shawn Corey Carter known professionally as Jay-Z, is an American rapper and businessman. He is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, having sold more than 50 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide while receiving 21 Grammy Awards for his music. MTV ranked him the "Greatest MC of all time" in 2006. Rolling Stone ranked three of his albums—Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album—among The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. With an estimated holdings at  610 million, making him the 3rd richest hip-hop artist on this list.

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Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics, and was previously co-owner of Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, including 2Pac, The D.O.C., Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Xzibit, Knoc-turn'al, 50 Cent, The Game, and Kendrick Lamar. He is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk, a rap style characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats. with such credentials, it is no wonder he is figure 2 in the list of Richest Artist in hip hop, with a holding of 700 million.

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Sean John Combs, also known by his stage names Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy and Diddy, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He was born in New York City and was raised in Mount Vernon, New York. He worked as a talent director at Uptown Records before founding his label Bad Boy Entertainment in 1993. His debut album No Way Out has been certified seven times platinum and was followed by successful albums such as Forever, The Saga Continues..., and Press Play. In 2009, Combs formed the musical group Diddy – Dirty Money and released the critically well-reviewed and commercially successful album Last Train to Paris. Currently holding the 1st position in our list of Richest Artist in Hip Hop, Sean Combs estimated holdings at 750 million show his drive for success.


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