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10 Richest Rappers Who Became Actors

The rap genre has accumulated some of the most talented artists in the music industry, and the most successful of these are also some of the wealthiest - and, often, the most comfortable with flauntin

The rap genre has accumulated some of the most talented artists in the music industry, and the most successful of these are also some of the wealthiest - and, often, the most comfortable with flaunting their wealth! And interestingly, several celebrities who started out as rappers have successfully made the transition into the acting world: whether it’s television or film, there are more rappers out there in Hollywood than you'd imagine. Many are exceptionally talented actors who have been nominated for awards and continue to get work and while being a rapper may have gotten their foot in the door, they have secured their spots in the acting world.

Of course, the rap and hip-hop genre isn't everyone’s cup of tea, and when these rappers try their hand at acting, they may inadvertently bring with them the preconceptions attached to their music genres. But when a rapper truly breaks through into the acting world, they're disrobed of their music industry guise and can establish themselves as a silver screen talent to be reckoned with. Then again, there are rappers -  such as Mos Def and DMX - who have made a mark in the acting world while continuing their career in rap.

Of all those who've made the treacherous journey from cool rapper to respected thespian, this is a list of the top ten richest rappers-turned-actors. Some on this list may be a big surprise, while for some you may judge they'd have been better to stick with the music. Love them or hate them, the following rappers have made their mark not only in music but in the acting industry. For the purposes of consistency, we’re going to stick to the rapper’s stage names.

10 Common - $35 Million

9 Ice T - $35 Million

8 Queen Latifah - $50 Million

7 Ludacris - $70 Million

6 LL Cool J - $100 Million

5 Snoop Lion - $120 Million

4 Ice Cube - $120 Million

3 Eminem - $140 Million

2 Marky Mark - $150 Million

1 Diddy - $580 Million

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