Hip hop music is known to be one of the most revolutionary music genres of all time. Rap music, emceeing and DJ became extremely popular in the 1980’s with young native African Americans and Latin Americans exploding out into international fame and into mainstream media.
Hip Hop soon became one of the most celebrated genres with rap singles and albums breaking records worldwide. Despite hip hop’s offensive lyrics and violent content, it still manages to influence young artists and listeners on a large scale, making them widely popular and rich. Here is the list of the richest hip hop artists in the world in 2018.
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10. Future- $23 million
Dropping 2 albums back to back touring and connecting with fans all over the globe. Future debuted at number 1 on the US billboard a number of times. He also became the first artist in history to debut in two albums in two consecutive weeks that appeared on the top of the chart. With amassing popularity and fortune, Future has made it to number ten on the richest hip hop artist of this year.
9. DJ Khaled- $24 million
DJ Khaled is one of the highest globally viewed artist on Snapchat who was a radio host in Miami at a music station WEDR and Terror’s Squad’s DJ. He signed major deals with Champ Sports, Apple, Mentos etc. in promoting their brands and that made him a great deal of fortune. His music and social media presence earned him his first number one hit Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne and collaborated on a major record with Drake that spurred his music into the international billboards.
8. Pitbull- $27 million
Pitbull is one of the few artists who have recorded major hits around the world including America, Latin America and Africa. He is one of the most profound mainstream artists of this time and is also known as “Mr Worldwide”. He also collaborated with Jennifer Lopez and released the official FIFA theme song “We are One” in 2014. Major part of his incoming sources from touring worldwide selling out arenas and appearing in special guest performances. He is one of the most well-known artists in the modern day era.
7. Wiz Khalifa- $28 million
Wiz Khalifa has been active in the music industry since his debut in 2006. His famous hit “See You Again” featured in the Fast and Furious 7 in the memory of the late Hollywood actor, Paul Walker that was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards 2016. Throughout his career, he as recorded 6 studio albums and made an appearance in a number of films and several TV shows as well. His fifth album “BlaccHollywood” received a gold certification and was inducted into the billboards list.
6. Kendrick Lamar- $20 million
Kendrick Lamar is a Southern Californian award-winning rapper best known for his affiliation with the hip hop legend Dr. Dre. Lamar’s debut album, “good kid, M.A.A.D city” made huge sales and received a Grammy award in 2015. He signed his first musical contract when he was sixteen years old with Top Dawg Entertainment and has been nominated for 135 awards since then out of which he won 45. He is also nicknamed “The New King of the West Coast” and was listed out among the 100 most influential people of 2016 by TIME.
5. Chance the Rapper- $32 million
Chance the Rapper is one of the most influential break-out stars whose mixtape “Colouring Book” is the first album to win a Grammy solely based on streaming. Extremely independent of his work, he refused to sign with major record labels and found his way to a much wider audience collaborating with rap legends Kanye West and Lil Wayne. He is also a philanthropist who donated $1 million to schools in Chicago and is respected for being one of the most successful self-made rappers.
4. Dr. Dre- $34.5 million
Dr. Dre started his career as the official DJ for one of the rap pioneers, the NWA that revolutionised hip hop music in the late 1980’s. He is also one of the most successful rappers of all time and was inducted into the Hip Hop Hall of fame winning many Grammy Awards throughout his career. Dr Dre invested his money and found his own record label company helping young artists wish live their dream of becoming famous. He also has his own business called Beats by Dr. Dre and was a major deal signed with the tech giant apple. Since then his net worth has amassed to a staggering amount.
3. Jay-Z- $42 million
Jay-Z is considered one of the greatest living rappers of all time with largely autobiographical rap music, electropop and R&B. He released the Black Album in 2003 and that staggered his popularity worldwide. His songs have been on billboards from time after time and he eventually married the Beyoncé who is a profound artist in the music industry. Jay-Z had announced his retirement in 2003 from making full length albums and has been releasing record breaking singles since then, collaborating with other popular artists as well.
2. Drake- $94 million
Drake is a Canadian rapper, record producer and an Entrepreneur who has been actively producing and releasing music since his debut mixtape in 2007. Drake won the best rap song and rap album in 2017 and 2013 respectively and was inducted into the billboards for being the top male artist. He also won the Brit award for best international solo artist and best rap album of 2017. His songs grew popular worldwide and are one of the most viewed songs on online. He became the first rapper to top the Billboard 100 in 2015.
1. Diddy- $130 million
Sean Combs also known as “Diddy” is a rapper, songwriter and a businessman. He is a big name in the music industry and recorded his own platinum albums since 1997. Sean invested his money into his own music oriented cable network called REVOLT and started a clothing line business called Sean John which became a popular brand. Sean Combs also took over various acting roles in Hollywood and appeared on a number of television shows. He also received the NAACP Award for the Most Outstanding Actor that amassed his success sky high in music and acting.
Hip Hop music has inspired millions of young artists from all over the world. These artists helped their fans believe that no matter people are or where they come from, let your voice reach out to the people with hard work and self-belief. These artists truly hustled their way into fame and fortune.