The Rap Industry is such an intriguing one because it’s full of so many rags to riches stories. There are so many rappers who started out with nothing and then went on to achieve major success and amass huge amounts of wealth. For some of these wealthy rappers, it’s been a slow and steady climb, and for others, it happened quite quickly. Here is a list of rappers that came up with million dollar ideas and career transformations that completely changed the trajectory of their lives.
8 Dr. Dre – Beats by Dre
7 50 Cent - Vitamin Water
6 Ice Cube – Movies
5 Sean Combs - Sean John & Ciroc
4 Jay-Z – Becoming a Business Titan
3 Will Smith – Cashing In on His Likability
2 Kanye West – Taking Intelligent, Insightful Hip-Hop Mainstream
1 Wiz Khalifa – Embracing His Inner Hippie
26 year-old rapper Wiz Khalifa is worth $20 million dollars, and a huge reason for his popularity was his decision to embrace a marketing strategy that most rappers would never dream of. In essence, what Wiz Khalifa has turned into during the last few years is the hip-hop version of Willie Nelson. When he first debuted on the scene around 2005, he was a regular rapper talking about the usual Hip-Hop subject matters. But as the years went by, he embraced his inner hippie and became an absolute proponent of the marijuana lifestyle. He grew his hair out, constantly rapped about “peace and love” and converted himself into the good time guy of the rap industry. The experiment worked and grew him a huge following of weed-loving fans both stateside and internationally. And yes – every time you see him, he may be smoking a joint, but when the high fades away, just know he’s still laughing himself to the bank.
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