Sep 08 , 2020
Richest Rappers of 2020
1. Kanye West
Net Worth: $3,200,000,000
Kanye Omari West was born on June 8, 1977, in Atlanta but raised in Chicago. He started his career as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s but later went on to pursue his dream of becoming a rapper. His debut album, The College Dropout (2004) was a big success both critically as well as commercially and was followed by the launch of his record label GOOD Music. A one-time protégé of Jay-Z, West is known for his Sunday Service, an invitation only get-together held in Southern California that's reported frequently by the likes of Courtney Love and Tyler, the Creator. West is at the top of this list not because of his music but rather his collaboration with the German sportswear brand, Adidas and his fashion brand, Yeezy. Yeezy Boost is considered as one of the most influential sneaker brands in the world. According to Forbes, Kanye's current net worth estimate is a whopping 10-digit $3.2 billion.
2. Jay Z
Net worth: $1,000,000,000
Born in 1969 within the rough Marcy Projects of Brooklyn, Sean Carter better known as Jay-Z was raised by his mother. Well-known as Jazzy in his neighborhood, he soon abbreviated his moniker to Jay-Z and did all he could to earn recognition as a rapper. For a short time, he ran around with rapper Jaz-O AKA Big Jaz. From Jaz, he learned the way to navigate the rap industry and what moves to make. Jay-Z subsequently took an unconventional decision to begin his label instead of signing with a prominent one like Jazz had done. Hence, alongside friends Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke, he created the Roc-a-Fella Records. Jay-Z has won over 22 Grammys and sold over 100 million records. But that's just a snippet of the income he gets from his label Roc-A-Fella Records and Rocawear, his clothing line. His other investments include the music streaming service Tidal and his company Roc Nation Sports, in which he's a licensed sports agent. He's the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and also holds the record for the most #1 album on the Billboard 200, which is currently 14 albums.
3. P. Diddy
Net worth: $885,000,000
P. Diddy was born Sean John Combs on November 4, 1969 in Harlem, NY but was raised in Mount Vernon by his mother, Janice Smalls, a model and teacher’s assistant. Combs started his career at Uptown Records where he was fundamental in launching the careers of Jodeci and Mary Blige. In 1993, he started his own record label, Bad Boy Records which produced music for talents like Mariah Carey, Method Man, Boyz II Men, Lil’ Kim and more. Combs made his solo debut with the single, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down," which shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was accompanied by his seven times Platinum certified debut album, “No Way Out”. He has won three Grammy Awards,two MTV Video Music Awards and ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year honor. Apartfrom music, Diddy is also an established name in the fields of T.V., film, fashion,health, beverages, and more. He owns the television network, REVOLT, Sean John fashion line, and is the beneficiary of premium vodka brand, Cirko Vodka and water brand, AQUAhydrate.
4. Dr. Dre
Net worth: $820,000,000
Andre Young, known as Dr. Dre was born on February 18, 1965. He got
associated with hip-hop during the early 80s, working at local gatherings and clubs with the World Class Wreckin's Cru around South Central, LA and making several recordings en rout.In 1986 he met Ice cube, and henceforth the two rappers began writing songs for Ruthless Records, a label started by former drug pusher Eazy-E. Eazy tried to offer one among the duo's songs,Boyz-n-the Hood, to HBO, a gaggle signed to Ruthless. When the group refused, Eazy formed N.W.A with Dre, Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, releasing their first album in 1987.Dre makes a fortune from many income streams, countless royalties, launching protégés like Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Eminem, and 50 Cent. His specialization in creating other superstars has limited his time, resulting in only two of his own album releases. Yet it earned him a spot among top ten producers in the rap industry. His early work with N.W.A. (Death House Row Records) then his own label Aftermath Entertainment led to enough income and anonymity to start out several other ventures into the movie industry, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship.
Net worth: $230,000,000
Marshall Bruce Mathers III AKA Eminem is an American rapper, actor, record producer, and songwriter. He was the best-selling artist of the 2k's in the United States and is ranked 83rd on the Rolling Stone list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, making him the King of Hip Hop. Born on October 17th, 1972, in Saint Joseph, Missouri, Eminem attended Lincoln High School in Warren from 1986 to 89 where he hustled self-made cassettes of his work to places like Record Time in Roseville. He soon started cashing out his hustle and came under Dr. Dre's shelter, and became another of his protégés that spawned his record label, Shady Records, and launched his own set of superstars. He has earned fifteen Grammy Awards and is the first rapper to receive the Academy Award for Best Original Song for his movie 8 Mile.