They are the ultimate kings of music rhyme – the most respected rappers of the modern musical age. Rappers like Jay-Z, Kanye West and Fifty Cent sell millions of songs on iTunes and pack the screaming crowds of their loyal fans in stadiums all over the world. What’s that musical talent worth in cold, hard cash?
Born Kanye Omari West in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977, West dropped his debut album, College Dropout, in 2004, and it’s been more success thereafter. Since then he’s been known as a hit machine for himself and for artists like Janet Jackson, Ludacris and Alicia Keys. Despite his energetic stage performances and authentic musical talent, Kanye’s career isn’t without controversy. He butts heads with many an artist, including probably his most famous run in with Taylor Swift during the MTV Music Awards in 2009. West isn’t just a fighter, but also a lover. He’s been making sweet music with reality star Kim Kardashian. He’s worth an estimated $100 million dollars.
Born Shawn Corey Carter in Brooklyn in 1969, he’s now known as Jay-Z and also as loving husband to superstar Beyonce, a wildly popular artist in her own right. He’s collaborated many times with Kanye West and has sold a staggering 50 million albums worldwide. All of those sales have added up to swell up his estimated fortune to a soul comforting $500 million dollars.
His real name is Curtis James Jackson III and he exploded onto the rap scene with his debut album, ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ in 2003. Besides all of his real musical talent, 50 Cent’s story is one of a man who rose from a tough life to become one of the top stars in his field. While only a child of 12, he dealt crack in his hometown of Queens, NY. After leaving the drug game, he was discovered by rapper Eminem and rose to super stardom. These days, 50 is doing quite well, thank you. Anyone who’s heard him on Howard Stern can attest to his having a great sense of humor. He may have a discount stage name, but he’s worth an estimated $260 million dollars.
P Diddy – Puff Daddy – Sean Combs
Born Sean John Combs in Harlem in 1969, he’s the man of many a musical expression and of stage names. No matter what you call Mr. Combs, one thing is clear – he’s got the musical talent to back up his numerous aliases. Combs is so diversified in his financial investments – he counts fashion, food and fragrance among his ventures – that he is now the wealthiest single figure in hip hop music. Combs has an estimated worth of $580 million dollars.
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