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Who Are The World’s Highest-Paid Rappers In 2021?

Rap music is prevalent in today’s society and has cemented itself as one of the most popular genres of music out there. Rappers are a great means of entertainment to the world, they deliver the best and also pass meaningful messages across.

But in today’s industry, rising to the top is no easy game.

There are more than a thousand rappers in the world and few of these talented rappers make it to the Forbes list of the richest rapper on earth. 

Most of these top rappers didn’t just get their money from sales of albums alone, they try to invest in almost every kind of production going. 

The hip hop industry is a world of its own with different talents and styles and it also gave room for new rappers to explore and reach new heights. At the same time, hip hop is a grieving industry and there are rappers from almost all parts of the world earning and becoming better each day.

However, for those rappers who have made it, most of us are well aware that these stars are known for their large homes, expensive cars, and extravagant expenditures, and it’s easy to see why when you consider how much some of them earn.

Don’t forget about how much extra they earn from brand deals and collaborations or features. Guest verses have become a very lucrative business in rap. Some artists trade verses amongst collaborators for free, but others have used features as an opportunity to cash out. 

A rapper’s guest verse rate is a sign of relevance, and as their popularity grows, so does their rate. For example, rapper DaBaby went from charging $5,000 to $300,000 in a matter of three years.

Nowadays, if you want a verse from any major rapper right now, from Nicki Minaj to J. Cole to Lil Baby, it will likely cost you more than six figures.

Here are some of the top 2021 highest-paid rappers in the world, according to their net worth:

Nicki Minaj

Even though technically as of right now, male rappers are dominating the rap scene, there is one female star who shines out from the rest. Nicki Minaj is an American rapper, actress, model, and songwriter. 

Minaj was born in Saint James, Port of Spain and raised in Queens, New York City. She gained recognition after releasing the mixtapes ‘Playtime Is Over’, ‘Sucka Free’ and ‘Beam Me Up, Scotty’. 

On September 28, 2021, Jesy Nelson released a collaboration with Minaj as her solo debut called ‘Boyz’ that debuted at number four in the UK.

As of 2021, Nicki Minaj’s net worth makes her the richest female rapper in the world with $80 million in the bank.

Snoop Dogg

Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., also known as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, media personality, and businessman.

His well-known top albums are ‘Doggystyle’, ‘High’, ‘Tha Doggfather’, and more. 

During an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Snoop Dogg announced Algorithm, his 19th studio album. It is set to be released in November 2021.

With his top hits, he has more than $152 million in net worth.

Lil Wayne

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr also known as Lil Wayne is from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Lil Wayne became popular after his debut album ‘Tha Block Is Not’. Wayne is also an author and an entrepreneur.

He writes for various columns in different newspapers and has even produced some successful records for other famous artists in the industry.

On October 1, 2021, Wayne and Rich the Kid released a collaborative mixtape titled Trust Fund Babies, along with a music video for the single “Feelin’ Like Tunechi”. The mixtape took roughly a month and a half to record.

His net worth is estimated to be $158 million.

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Lanscilo Williams is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur.

He is the founder of the “I am OTHER” record label and owns the textile company Bionic Yarn.

Pharrell Williams is a successful rapper with a net worth of $200 million.

Drake

Aubrey Drake Graham, popularly known as Drake is from Toronto, Canada. Drake’s 7 hits are said to break the previous record held by The Beatles and he co-runs an umbrella company for his clothing line, record label, and radio station.

Drake is an ambassador for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and has succeeded the real estate portfolio.

Basically, Drake has a net worth of $190 million.

Eminem

Marshall Bruce Mathers III aka Eminem is from Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States. Eminem has been very successful in the hip-hop industry with a solid bank account.

Along with his record sales, performance fees, and arena tours, he also has Shady Records. His net worth is estimated to be $220 million.

Master P

Percy Robert Miller also known as Master P, is from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Master P is an American rapper, actor, record producer, entrepreneur, and former basketball player. Master P’s estimated net worth is $245 million.

Dr Dre

Andre Romelle Young Aka Dr Dre is from Compton, California, United States. It is said that Dr Dre earned about $620 million in one year alone from his music career.

This is also calculated to be one of his biggest single-year annual incomes for any musician in history.

Dr Dre also was a majority stakeholder in Beats Electronics, which was bought by Apple for $3 billion in 2014, and now known as Beats by Dre, Dr Dre’s net worth is $865 million.

Sean Love Combs aka Puffy, or Diddy

Sean Love Combs aka Puffy, or Diddy, is an American rapper, record producer, record executive, and entrepreneur.

Diddy was born in New York City and raised in the suburb of Mount Vernon, he worked as a talent director at Uptown Records before founding his own record label, Bad Boy Records in 1993.

Diddy’s debut album, No Way Out (1997), has been certified seven times platinum. Dizzy has a net worth of $895 million.

Jay Z

Shawn Corey Carter aka Jay Z was born in New York, and he is an American rapper, songwriter, record executive, businessman, and media proprietor.

He was the founder of the Roc-A-Fella record label in 1996 and this successful rapper is known to have helped a lot of people in the industry.

Jay Z has a net worth of over $1 billion.

Kanye West

Kanye Omari West is from Atlanta Georgia, USA. West is a rapper, producer, fashion designer, and businessman, Kanye West is mostly into every production unit.

West gained notoriety as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing singles for several mainstream artists.

And in recent times, West is an outstanding fashion designer. West has a net worth of $1.8 billion.

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