The 14 Richest Rappers

 

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Nicki Minaj—$75 Million

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Nicki Minaj remains one of the world’s top-earning women in entertainment and is the only female rapper on this list. She juggles a string of lucrative businesses and endorsements from the likes of Pepsi and OPI and also earns payouts from her chart-topping albums and incessant touring.

 

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Timbaland—$85 million

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Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley is a front-runner for the 100-million-dollar club, thanks to his vast music catalog, in-demand production services, and diverse group of talented pop collaborators. He also owns a recording studio, Thomas Crown Studio, in Virginia Beach.

 

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Birdman—$90 million

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It’s not that Birdman hasn’t had money troubles. In 2016, Lil Wayne sued his record company, Cash Money Records, over unpaid royalties. It’s just that they don’t seem to have made a dent in Birdman’s high net worth. Attorneys finally settled the $51 million suit in June 2018, with Wayne agreeing to what was reportedly a fifth of the original amount. And with stars Drake and Nicki Minaj on board, Birdman is sure to keep seeing the money roll in. He and his partner, brother Ronald “Slim” Williams, also added a YMCMB clothing line and GT Vodka to the mix.

 

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Drake—$100 million

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Drake may someday go down as the wealthiest Canadian hip-hop artist of all time. Although Drizzy is nowhere near the financial levels of Jay Z and Dr. Dre, he’s been gradually and steadily building his case. The rapper earns a majority of his income from touring, record sales, and endorsements with the likes of Sprite, Nike, and Apple Music.

 

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Eminem—$100 million

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Eminem doesn’t have a ridiculously lucrative business venture like his mentor Dr. Dre. What Slim Shady does have, though, is enough to guarantee an enviable bank account. His revenue stems ​largely from record sales, sold-out arena tours, and performance fees. He also runs a moderately successful record label, Shady Records, which claims Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, and Yelawolf as part of its talent-heavy roster.

 

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LL Cool J—$110 million

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The man born James Todd Smith has amassed more than a cool hundred million, thanks to his music sales and lucrative acting deals. He earned $150,000 per episode of “NCIS: Los Angeles” for his role as Special Agent Sam Hanna, and his movie work includes parts in “Deep Blue Sea,” “Rollerball,” and “Grudge Match,” just to name a few. LL is also a burgeoning tech investor. One of his early start-ups is Boomdizzle. Its flagship product, My Connect Studio, helps power collaboration by allowing musicians to record, upload, and edit music in real time.

 

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Snoop Dogg—$135 million

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Even if he never drops another album, Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop Lion and Snoopzilla, will always be one of the coolest rappers around. Snoop’s laid-back personality lends an attractive vibe to his marketing prospects. He’s still an in-demand collaborator, and he continues to grow his fortune in and out of the studio. In addition to continually putting out hit records, Snoop has served as a pitchman for companies like Airbnb and Hot Pockets.

 

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Pharrell—$150 million

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Skateboard P’s range of assets and investments are as diverse as his musical toolkit. Pharrell has a couple fashion lines and an enviable production catalog. Before he left the show in 2016, he also had a distinguished seat as a sometime-judge on one of the most popular shows in America, “The Voice”.

 

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Lil’ Wayne—$150 million

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Show of hands if you remember when Lil’ Wayne was just a prepubescent puppy running around with the big dogs? Through years of grind and maturation, he’s evolved into a household name. Unlike many of the names on this list, Weezy’s earnings stem primarily from his music. He charges a hefty performance fee that reportedly ranges from $300,000 to $500,000, tours relentlessly, and moves millions of record units.

 

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Kanye West—$160 million

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Rapper. Producer. Designer. Kanye West does it all. And with so many irons in the fire, Ye, as he now likes to be called, has multiple avenues to generate revenue. Sure, he’s controversial. He interrupts award speeches, reportedly micromanages his wife Kim Kardashian’s look from head to toe, and makes appearances on Saturday Night Live singing the praises of Donald Trump. Still, there’s no denying that he’s also an incredibly savvy businessman. West earns a substantial amount from record sales, sold-out tours like his Yeezus experience, production work, and GOOD Music projects. In 2013, the Louis Vuitton Don left severed ties with Nike and signed a multi-million dollar deal with Adidas for his Yeezy line of sneakers.

 

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Master P—$250 million

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How is it that Master P is one of the richest rappers in the world, despite not having released a relevant single in over a decade? That’s because he’s pretty much the godfather of the independent-label hustle. P built his No Limit empire in the 1990s, and a host of other labels would eventually follow his blueprint. But it wasn’t just about music. The No Limit emporium grew to include a clothing line, a film production company, a video game company, and a luxurious travel agency.

 

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Dr. Dre—$770 million

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Dr. Dre gained a massive influx of points on the richest rappers list, thanks to Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics for a reported $3 billion in 2014. Forbes estimated that Dre earned around $620 million from the sale—the largest annual payday of any musician in history. Dre also racks in cash from extensive music recording catalog which includes decades of royalties. And the NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” which he helped executive-produce, only helped Doc’s bankroll grow.

 

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Diddy—$825 million

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Call him Diddy, Puff Daddy, or Sean Combs. Better yet, call him Money Making Mitch. Whatever you call him, Diddy has built a lasting reputation as a shrewd businessman with an impressive portfolio. His deal with Diageo’s Ciroc Vodka drives most of his earnings. The Bad Boy founder has also added other ventures like DeLeon Tequila, Aquahydrate, Blue Flame, and Revolt TV. And, believe it or not, Sean John clothing is still going strong.

 

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Jay-Z—$900 million

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Jay-Z’s No. 1 spot shouldn’t surprise anyone. He has been one of the wealthiest rappers over the last decade or so, but what made him overtake Diddy is the rise in value of his Armand d Brignac champagne and D’Usse cognac. Additional business ventures include Roc Nation, Roc Nation Sports, and the subscription-based music streaming service, Tidal. Oh, and he’s also married to Beyoncé, no slouch in the net worth department as well, even though her assets are not included in Z’s $900 million.

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TOP 10 HOT HIP-HOP/R&B SONGS (The week of Sep 8, 2018)

1. Drake – In My Feelings (8 weeks at no. 1 )

 

2. Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It (peak position 1)

 

3. Post Malone – Better Now (peak position 3)

 

04 – 6ix9ine, Nicki Minaj, Murda Beatz – “FEFE” (peak position 3)

 

05 – Juice WRLD – Lucid Dreams (peak position 3)

 

06 – Travis Scott – SICKO MODE (peak position 3)

 

07 – Tyga – Taste  (peak position 7)

 

08 – DJ Khaled – No Brainer (peak position 4)

 

09 – Ella Mai – Boo’d Up (peak position 4)

 

10 – Lil Baby & Drake – Yes Indeed (peak position 5)

 

Top charts are listed using billboard.com stats.

Jim Jones Arrested On Drug Possession & Weapons Charges Following Police Chase

 Jim Jones was reportedly arrested in Coweta County, Georgia on Wednesday night (June 21)

According to The Newnan Times-Herald, the Dipset O.G. was apprehended on drug possession and weapons charges. Coweta Country Sheriff’s Office investigator Jeremy Wood spotted a gray Mercedes crossing over into the left hand emergency lane when he decided to pull the vehicle over. Jones was in the backseat.

As the traffic stop was being conducted, the driver of the vehicle, Ana Rajnee Miles, took off and led officers on a brief police chase. Wood pulled in front of the car and the driver reportedly struck Wood’s vehicle intentionally.

Once the four occupants were out of the vehicle, Jones explained Miles was acting “incoherent” and wouldn’t pull over.

Investigators searched the vehicle and discovered 23 Oxycodone pills and a Titan .25 caliber pistol with seven bullets in the chamber tucked inside a backpack.

Weed was also found throughout the vehicle, along with a Ruger SR 9mm handgun reported stolen from Dekalb County in March.

In another backpack, police found a variety of Oxycodone, Percocet and THC oil as well as Jones’ passport and $148 in what Jones described as “petty cash.”

Everyone in the car was taken Newnan Piedmont Hospital to be medically cleared before they were booked into the Coweta County Jail on Thursday morning (June 21).

Jones was charged with multiple felonies, including possession of the stolen gun, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime and possession of narcotics. He was also charged with a misdemeanor for the prescription pills not being in their original container.

He was reportedly released on $7,000 bail.

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The Newnan Times-Herald

Westside Gunn Releases “Supreme Blientele” Album

The highly anticipated Supreme Blientele, also known as Chris Benoit and God Is The Greatest, has officially been released.

Westside Gunn’s new album has a variety of titles, but fans are getting 17 new tracks from the Griselda Records leader no matter what it’s called.

The Shady Records signee‘s latest work is stacked with an impressive lineup of features and producers.

Check out the Supreme Blientele stream, cover art and tracklist below.

https://tools.applemusic.com/embed/v1/album/1399303327?country=nz

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Cardi B Drops “Invasion Of Privacy” LP

Fans can exhale a sigh of relief as Cardi B’s debut album, Invasion Of Privacy, has arrived.

It features 13 tracks, the album boasts guest vocals from 21 Savage on “Bartier Cardi” and Migos on “Drip” and some surprises spots from Kehlani, SZA, and Chance The Rapper. The Bronx rapper’s monster single “Bodak Yellow” is also included in the release.

She made history earlier this year when she became only the third actress to have her first three Billboard Hot 100 entries in the Top 10 at the same time.

Check out the Invasion Of Privacy stream, cover art below and tracklist here.

Tupac Disses Dr. Dre, JAY-Z, De La Soul & More In Handwritten “7 Day Theory” Liner Notes

In the handwritten letter, allegedly written by Tupac Shakur, he insults multiple Hip Hop stars and explicitly blames Walter “King Tut” Johnson and Jacques “Haitian Jack” Agnant for the shooting at Quad Recording Studios in 1994.

The harsh writing calls Dr. Dre a “[closet] homo,” Shakur sarcastically thanks Mobb Deep for letting him squash their “no record selling asses [to] dust” he also criticizes blasts De La Soul and Nas for being mad at him because they “live like fat washed up bums.” Shakur also takes shots at Jimmy Henchman, Lil Kim, JAY-Z, Faith Evans and Wendy Williams.

In the last portion of the letter, beginning with “WAR TIME” in all capital letters, reads exactly as it does on the final version of The 7 Day Theory liner notes. The album was released a few months after Shakur’s murder in 1996.

Read it below.

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DMX Must Pay $2.3M In Restitution For Tax Evasion

Update on DMX, a judge has ordered him to pay $2.3 million to the IRS in restitution. He was recently sentenced to 365 day’s in prison for tax evasion.

Reported by TMZ, the judge is allowing X (real name Earl Simmons) to pay the exorbitant amount in monthly installments. He will have to pay 10 percent of his gross monthly income every month until it’s paid off starting two months after his release from prison,.

X also have to participate in an outpatient mental health program and outpatient substance abuse program once he’s out.

He will reportedly serve his time at Danbury Federal Correctional Facility. It is a low-security prison in Danbury, Connecticut that was the inspiration for the hit HBO show Orange Is The New Black. 

X is currently being held at Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.