30 Richest Rappers and Hip Hop Figures

Hip hop is a music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted.[3] It developed as part of hip hopculture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching, break dancing, and graffiti writing.[6][7][8] Other elements include sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing.

While often used to refer to rapping, “hip hop” more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture.[9][10] The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music,[3][11] though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing,turntablism, and scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.[12][13]

Hip hop as music and culture formed during the 1970s when block parties became increasingly popular in New York City, particularly among  Black American youth residing in the Bronx.[14]


1520 Sedgewick Avenue, Bronx, New York the Birthplace of Hip Hop

At block parties DJs played percussive breaks of popular songs using two turntables to extend the breaks.[clarification needed] Hip hop’s early evolution occurred as sampling technology and drum-machines became widely available and affordable. Turntablist techniques developed along with the breaks and the Jamaican toasting vocal style was used. Rapping developed as a vocal style in which the artist speaks along with an instrumental or synthesized beat.It became popular outside of the Black American community in the late 1980s and by the 2010s became the most listened-to musical genre in the world.[7] It is characterized by four distinct elements, all of which represent the different manifestations of the culture: rap music (oral), turntablism or DJing (aural), b-boying (physical) and graffiti art (visual). Even while it continues to develop globally in myriad styles, these four foundational elements provide coherence to hip hop culture.[3] The term is often used in a restrictive fashion as synonymous only with the oral practice of rap music.[8]

Here are the richest figures in Hip Hop Music

  1. Dr. Dre (Andre Young) $1.4 billion from Los Angeles lives in Hollywood Hills

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Most Popular Songs – California Love, STILL DRE, Been there Done That

Artists signed under his label- Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Ice Cube, Warren G, Mark Morrison, (Shady Aftermath-Eminem, 50 Cent, G Unit, The Game)

Childhood home in Compton, California


Current home in Hollywood Hills, California



2. P Diddy (Shawn Combs)(5 albums) $ 1 billion from New York lives in East Hampton, New York



Most Popular Songs – All about the Benjamins, I’ll be Missing you

Artists- Notorious BIG, Lil Kim, Mase, French Montana, Faith Evans, Rick Ross, 112, Cassie, Craig Mack, Dannity Kane, The Lox, Janelle Monae, Loon, Black Rob




3. Jay Z (Shawn Carter)$1 billion (15 albums & 82 music videos) from Brooklyn, New York City lives in Bridgehampton


Artists-Kanye West, Beanie Siegel, Camron, Memphis Bleek, Freeway, The Diplomats, ODB, Foxxy Brown, DJ Clue , Jim Jones, Jadakiss, MOP, Mystikal, Nicole Ray


Childhood home

Marcy Projects – Brooklyn, New York


4. Russell Simmons $500 million from New York City lives in Saddle River, New Jersey


Artists- Ludacris, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Jeezy, DMX, Big Sean, Rich Homie Quan, Method Man, Iggy Azalea, Logic, Leona Lewis, 2 Chainz, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Mother Mother, Rick Ross, Afrojack, Jeezy, Frank Ocean, Jeremih, Ludacris, Alesso, Vince Staples, and Jhene Aiko,

5. Master P (Percy Miller) $500 million from New Orleans lives Louisiana and California



Famous Songs – Bout it, Bout it, Hoody Hoo

Artists-  Silk the Shocker, C Murda, Mystical, Fiend,

Former home Calliope Housing Projects


Current home


6. Birdman (Brian Williams) $400 from New Orleans lives in Miami Beach


Famous Songs – Get Your Roll On,

Artists – Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Juvenile, BG, Dj Khaled, Ace Hood,Tyga, Yo Gotti,

7. 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) $270 million New York City lives in Farmington, Connecticut

Famous Songs – In Da Club,Wanksta


Childhood home South Jamaica, Queens


50 Cent Rolls Royce Phantom


8. Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus) $250 million from Los Angeles lives in Claremont, California

Famous Songs – Gin and Juice, The Next Episode


9. Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) $200 million from Los Angeles lives in Los Angeles


10. Eminem(Marshall Mathers $190 million from Detroit lives in Rochester Hills, Michigan

Famous – Just like me, Slim Shady, Without me, Lose Yourself



Childhood home  Detroit

Current home Rochester Hills, Michigan

Eminem Hummer H2


11. Kanye West $180 million from Chicago lives in Bel Air,California




Kanye West Aston Martin DB9

12. Ronald “Slim” Williams  $170 million from New Orleans lives in Miami Beach

12. Lil Wayne (Wayne Carter) (11 albums) $150 million from New Orleans lives in Miami Beach


Childhood home Hollygrove, New Orleans

Current home, Miami Beach, Florida

Lil Wayne Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

13. Pharell $120 million from Virginia Beach lives in Miami Beach


Pharrell Williams Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren Roadster

14. LL Cool J $ 100 million from Queens, New York City lives in Manhasset, New York


15. Drake $100 million from Toronto lives in Hidden Hills, California


Childhood home in Forest Hill, Toronto

16. Nelly $100 million from Saint Louis lives in Eureka, Missouri


Nelly Ford Flex

17. Jermaine Dupri $100 million from Atlanta lives in Atlanta



Artists- Bow Bow, Da Brat,

Jermaine Dupri Lamborghini Murcielago

18. Timbaland $85 million from Virginia Beach lives in Miami Beach


Timbaland Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead

19. Ludacris $85 million from Atlanta lives in South Fulton County, Georgia

Famous songs – What’s your Fantasy, Southern Hospitality,

Ludacris Wallpaper
Ludacris Wallpaper

Ludacris Chrysler ME 4-12

20. Nicki Minaj $80 million from Queens, New York City lives in Los Angeles


21. Will I am $75 million from Los Angeles lives in Los Angeles

-Where is the Love, Scream and Shout,Check it out


Will.I.Am Tesla Roadster

22. Rev Run $ 70 million from New York City lives in the Hamptons

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23. Busta Rhymes $65 million from New York City lives in New Jersey


Busta Rhymes Rolls-Royce Phantom

24. Swizz Beats $65 million from New York lives in Englewood, New Jersey

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Swizz Beats Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR

25. Queen Latifah (Dana Owens) $60 million from Newark, New Jersey lives in Los Angeles

Famous Songs – UNITY, It’s Alright


26. Missy Elliot $50 million from Portsmouth, Virginia lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia


Missy Elliott Lamborghini Gallardo

27. TI  $50 million from Atlanta lives in Atlanta

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T.I. Dodge Challenger

28. Run DMC $ 45 million from New York lives in New York

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29. Andre 3000 $45 million from Atlanta lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia

Andre 3000 GI

30. Common $45 million from Chicago

Common Range Rover Sport

8 from New York

4 from Los Angeles

3 from New Orleans

3 from Atlanta

3 from Virginia

1 from Detroit

1 from Chicago

1 from Saint Louis

1 from Toronto


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