Ever since hip-hop received mainstream acceptance, it has taken a stranglehold of the music scene. Even other genres would come out with songs that will mix in a liberal amount of rap music. These guys can not only rhyme about their experiences in life, but they also have a lot of business sense that has allowed them to rake in the money even during the times when they do not have a new album in the market. The following is a list of the top 10 rappers with the most cast in 2013.
10. Lil Wayne – $95 million
His real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., but everyone knows him as Lil Wayne. He was only nine years old when he joined Cash Money Records as part of the duo called The B.G.’z. By his teen years, he already had a hit solo album called The Block is Hot. He followed it up with several successful records, notably The Carter III that won him a Grammy for Best Rap Album. He is the male artist with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, surpassing even Elvis Presley. In March 2013, he released his latest album called I Am Not a Human Being II.
9. Ice Cube – $100 million
His real name is O’Shea Jackson, but he is better known as Ice Cube. He started out with the hip-hop group called C.I.A., before he hooked up as a member of N.W.A. He is often cited as one of the greatest MCs, storytellers and lyricists of all time. Considered as one of the founders of gangsta rap, he has since branched out to acting, directing and producing. He is slated to release a new album called Everythang’s Corrupt, with a couple of singles from the record already on the market.
8. Snoop Dogg – $110 million
His real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., but he is more known as Snoop Dogg. He has also called himself Snoop Doggy Dogg and even Snoop Lion. After Dr. Dre discovered him, Dogg released the album Doggystyle in 1993. It contained the hits “What’s My Name?” and “Gin & Juice,” and the album went on to become quadruple platinum. He recorded three albums for Master P’s No Limit Records before signing with EMI. In 2009, he was made chairman of Priority Records. He released the album Reincarnated in the spring of 2013.
7. Eminem – $120 million
His real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, but everyone calls him Eminem. He is already considered as one of the greatest artists of all time, after becoming the best selling artist of the 2000′s. He already has 10 albums that have gone to number one. He now owns his one label called Shady Records, as well has his own radio channel called Shade 45. He is slated to release a new album in the summer of 2013.
6. 50 Cent – $125 million
His real name is Curtis James Jackson III, but he goes by the stage name of 50 Cent. He achieved fame with the eight-times platinum album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ that was released in 2003. He credits Eminem for discovering him and Dr. Dre for producing his first major success. He released a new album called Street King Immortal, though he is also earning heaps of money from video games, books and other investments. He made a killing when he sold his share in Vitamin Water in 2007. He is also involved with SMS Audio that plans to replicate the success of Dr. Dre’s Beats.
5. Birdman – $150 million
His real name is Bryan Williams and he goes by the stage name of Birdman. He is part of the duo called Big Tymers and is the co-founder of Cash Money Records, along with his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams. The label has been raking it in, with artists like Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj. He is also part of Young Money Cash Money Billionaires, or YMCMB, a group that has launched its own clothing line. Birdman also has interests with GT Vodka. He is scheduled to release the album Bigga Than Life in September 2013.
4. Master P – $350 million
His real name is Percy Robert Miller, but he is known by his stage name of Master P. A former basketball player, Miller is the founder of No Limit Records, which has since been relaunched as New No Limit Records and No Limit Forever Records. He is also the founder and chief executive officer of the entertainment conglomerate called P. Miller Enterprises, as well as of Better Black Television. He is currently working on his latest album to be called Boss of All Bosses.
3. Dr. Dre – $350 million
His real name is Andre Romelle Young, or more popularly known by his stage name of Dr. Dre. He was part of the gangsta rap group called N.W.A. He made his solo debut in 1992 with the album called The Chronic. He then established his own label called Aftermath Entertainment that helped launch the careers of Eminem and 50 Cent. He is also behind the popular Beats by Dr. Dre headphones that he established in 2008.
2. Jay-Z – $475 million
His real name is Shawn Corey Carter, but everyone knows him as Jay-Z. He is considered as one of the greatest rappers and MCs of all time. His albums Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint are considered as two of the greatest albums of all time. He has received 17 Grammy Awards. He is also behind entities such as Roc-A-Fella Records, Rocawear, Roc Nation and Roc Nation Sports.
1. Sean “P.Diddy” Combs – $580 million
His real name is Sean John Combs, and he has gone by the names of Puff Daddy, Diddy and P. Diddy. He started out as a producer as the man behind Bad Boy Records. He then released a debut album called No Way Out in 1997 that went seven times platinum. His work has been recognized with three Grammy Awards. He also owns the clothing lines Sean John and Sean by Sean Combs. Diddy also owns a movie production company and a couple of restaurants.