Most people think of Rap music as Hip-hop. However, Hip-hop and Rap are two different genres of music. Rap is more about the lyrics and effectiveness of vocal speed yet hip-hop is about the rhythm and music. In the past, people around the world used to relate rap music to all sorts of negative buffs such as crime, violence, drugs and nudity. However, the present day rappers have proved them wrong by producing tremendous rap music. The Top 10 Richest Rappers In 2015 – 2016 are listed below who earned a great deal of fortune through there rap music.
Marshall Bruce Mathers III or Eminem is one of the most popular and highly appreciated rappers of all times. Originally from Missouri, USA entered in the industry in the 1990’s as part of a rap band D12. However, most of his success came through his solo performances. In the 2000’s he sold an aggregate of 150 million albums and tracks that made him the best-selling rapper in the USA of all time. He also earned the 83rd spot on the 100 greatest artists enlisted in the Stone Magazine. His net worth is $120 million as of last report.
9. Kanye West
Kanye Omari West, a 37 years old rapper is also one of the most famous ones in the world. Belonging to Atlanta, USA, Kanye West is a successful director, entrepreneur, songwriter and record producer who released his first rap single by the name of “The Blueprint” in 2001. This was the track that entered him some major recognition in the music industry and since then he has been producing hot favorites with stars like Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Ludacris and others. To date, he has sold over 21 million albums and 66 million singles globally and ranks as one the highest selling rappers in the world. Kanye has a net worth of $130 million and 21 Grammys.
8. Lil Wayne
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. who is mainly known as Lil Wayne is yet another most successful rapper from Louisiana, USA. He debuted in a solo album “The Block is Hot” at the early age of nine and since then he has been climbing the ladder of success with consistency. Cash Money Records is one the main reasons why Lil Wayne is a success today. With a $135 million net worth, Lil Wayne stands amongst the highest earning rappers around the world.
7. Snoop Dogg
The 43-year old, Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. popularly known as Snoop Dogg was brought into the industry by Dr. Dre in early 1990s. This amazingly talented rap artist from California, USA earned the fame with his very first solo album named “Doggystyle”. The album made it to the 1st position as Hip-Hop and R&B charts. Snoop Dogg is not only a talented rap artist but has also featured in some popular films and TV series including Mac and Devin Go to High School, the Wash and Bones. He has a net worth of $135 million and has sold over 30 million albums around the globe.
6. 50 Cent
Curtis James Jackson, popularly recognized as the rap sensation 50 Cent belongs to New York, USA. 50 Cent had a dark and troubled life until 2002, when Eminem discovered him and brought him to Shay Records. 50 Cent then signed with Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment Records and emerged as a successful rap artist. He has sold over 30 million albums and has won several awards, including a Grammy. His current net worth is $140 million.
Bryan Williams, most popularly known as Birdman is one of the richest artists in the rap industry. The founder of Cash records and Lil Wayne’s adopted father, Birdman is from Louisiana, USA. He has earned international acclaim for his singles and albums around the world. The rap artist has earned millions of dollars with his albums and singles sales. Having a net worth of $170 million, Birdman remains one pretty rich rapper.
4. Master P
Percy Robert Miller, goes with the title Master P is an American rapper. He broke into the rap industry as a part of the group TRU in 1990s and went on towards becoming one the bestselling rap artists ever. Master P is also investor, author, filmmaker and record producer. Master P was one of the highest earning rappers in the world with an estimated $57 million annual income. He founded No Limit Records and is also the CEO of P.Miller Enterprises and Better Black Television. Master P’s net worth is a whopping $350 million.
3. Dr. Dre
If you are a rap fan, you surely know Dr. Dre. His real name is Andre Romelle Young and belongs to America. Dr. Dre is one of the most popular rap artists in the world and owns Aftermath entertainment and Beats Electronics. Since his debut in the rap industry, Dr. Dre has worked in collaboration with 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and Eminem to produce some of the most popular and bestselling tracks ever. Dr. Dre is worth $550 million today.
Shawn Corey Carter, popular as Jay-Z is an American based rap artist and Is married of pop-star Beyonce. This successful rapper and businessman won 16 Grammy Awards for his music. He has produced more chart-topping tracks than any other artist in the rap industry. Jay-Z’s net worth is $560 million.
1. P. Diddy
Sean John Combs is most popularly known as P. Diddy or Daddy around the globe. He is one highly reputable actor, entrepreneur and record producer. He also owns his very own clothing line “Sean John” that has become a major success. This 45 years old rap artist belongs to New York, USA and is the richest rapper today.
There are the top 10 richest rappers 2015 – 2016. They started from the bottom and now they are here. Although they haven’t earned it all from their music, yet most of the contribution to their success came from their albums and single tracks that earned them major profits around the world.