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Rich in Hip Hop

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So, who's got the biggest dick???

According to Forbes….

In the last year alone, Jay-Z released a platinum album and signed a $150 million deal with concert promoter Live Nation for a 10 year contract.

But 50 Cent is laughing all the way to the bank!

After taxes, 50 Cent took in over $100 million when his stake in the high-calorie VitaminWater was bought by Coca-Cola.

In total, he made over $150 million in just 12 months. That's almost double what Jay-Z made last year.

Guess it helps that 50 is also involved with G-Unit clothing, video games, and films!

And, rappers today are starting to diversify more than ever before. It's not just about the music. It's about the music, the movies, clothing lines, endorsement deals. Etc. Etc.

Whatever gets them rich quicker!

After Jay-Z, coming in third on the top of the richest hip-hop artists for 2008 is Diddy - coming in third again for the second year in a row.

Diddy brought in $35 million from all his revenue streams, like his clothing line, record label, reality shows, and the vodka he doesn't like to promote, Ciroc.

And coming in fourth on the list is Kanye West who made $30 million.

Even the rappers who haven't worked in years are making millions just living off their royalties.

Like Dr. Dre who make $15 million last year. Even Tupac brought in about $15 million and he's been dead for over 10 years.

We need to drop our rap album ASAP!

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29 comments to “Rich in Hip Hop”

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  2. 2

    Jay-Z released an album last year?
    and it went platinum? say what?

  3. 3

    Money money moneyyy!

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  5. CHA says – reply to this


    Baby mama could have gotten the house then?????

  6. 6

    Awesome! I need some of that mulla.

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    Let me get this straight….as long as there is a so-called 'melody' in the background, a SPEECH or DIATRIBE can be classified as Rap…and, therefore rake in as much as $150M over 10 years?!?
    Damn! I should have honed my speech and debating skills, back in high school.

  8. 8

    How the HELL did Dre make $15 million last year?! I'm STILL waiting for 'Detox' to drop. -.-

  9. 9

    DAMN! Sure, he doesn't care for music anymore, but DAMN, don't hate, people. These "rappers" are entrepreneurs and moguls. They're business men.

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    He needs to stop messing with his teeth, not only is it obvious but those veneers are not cute!

  12. 12

    fiddy is one ugly mofo but with all that dough, ill be his arm candy hehe
    drop me a line 50

  13. 13

    fucking Puffie - still living on Big's first lp.

  14. 14

    So, who's got the biggest dick???
    There's your trouble, America. You think that more money equals more manhood. Wrong! More money just makes you richer.

  15. 15

    Yadayada [9] says: These "rappers" are entrepreneurs and moguls. They're business men.
    These rappers are not entrepreneurs or moguls. They did nothing but "get lucky" since they were the most willing to get up in public and scream obscenities (which the mainstream youth embraced for being outrageouas, and the black youth embraced in an attempt to promote a cultural identity). They are not powerful or important; they are self-serving bullies and self-important pigeons. They did nothing exceptional to achieve that status. 50 Cent is nothing more than your run-of-the-mill cokehead. And they are not businessmen; they are puppets to industry executives.
    America, you have your priorities and perceptions all screwed up.

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    How can you criticize 50 for getting rich off of Vitamin Water? Are you a freakin' Commie or something? What do you mean, all he did was get lucky? That's the point, you put your money down, you take a RISK and sometimes you get lucky.
    What is this world coming to? Where do you lazy ass consumers think innovation comes from? God? No, it comes from investors and risk takers like 50!

  18. 18

    So cRap & hip-hop was around like 25 years, and like 6 n1ggaz got rich off of it. Mostly from diversification.
    The end of the jiggy era.

  19. 19

    Hopefully he will stay smart and take care of that money. Remember you can lose it as quickly as you make it.

  20. 20

    Re: DIJordan – He made the money in investments, you jealous twit

  21. 21

    I really dont care for jay z but 50 can talk to me any day

  22. 22

    They make pretty good money off the music and then they get all invested in other products. Mad props to them. I want to have a line of products some day.

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    Re: Debaucherina – Oh, believe me…I am NOT jealous.
    I was able to retire at the age of 40, with more than enough money to secure me and my son, for life (with PLENTY to provide for his college education in 5 years). I was able to pay for my home and SUV with CASH, I don't have any need to own a credit card (so, I don't) and I pay ALL of my bills IN FULL each month…and, that's NOT including the union pension, that I am able to collect in a couple of years. How about you? Financially stable, twit?
    Don't make assumptions on others' financial stability…it's not very becoming.

  24. 24

    It appears the $$ is in endorsements more than the music…look at dem Simpson sisters. They aren't exactly musical (not to me) but some Proactive & Sketcher endorsements and "Cha-Ching!" Have you seen a picture of Ashley's pad?!

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  26. BJT says – reply to this


    Dr dre and tupac are amazing rappers real rappers that deserve every penny who gets tupac money the record label? love these guys and snoop dog why wasnt he on the list isnt he making loads of money with the show and endorsements. 50 cent go so lucky with that vitamin water just so much luck who is his advisor id like to know? DRE and slim shady they get a cut of his money i would think.

  27. BJT says – reply to this


    hey i dont like zayzee rap not talented at all i dont know why he has some much fan base and he looks like a ass hole to not a nice person just self centered butthead he got so lucky in the game for what reason i dont know.

  28. 28

    PLEASE do get a rap album out perez, seriously!
    lol and since when did jay-z drop an album last year, and it went platinum??
    where was i for all this?

  29. 29

    Good he is my fav!