Jay Z perfectly summed up the sentiment most hip-hop artists put forward when they talk about wealth these days in his 2005 album Late Registration on the track "Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)": “I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man.” (Sidenote, that’s a perfect line for your Twitter bio). As a matter of fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a hip-hop artist or rapper who hasn’t penned at least one line (let alone a whole album) about how much richer he is than everyone else.

But someone like Jay Z is just playing in a different league when it comes to how much richer he is than most hip-hop artists. For proof, look no further than these lyrics off of “Illest Motherfucker Alive” on Kanye West and Jay Z’s Watch the Throne (2011): “Basquiats, Warhols serving as my muses/ My house like a museum, so I see ‘em when I’m peeing/ Usually you have this much taste, you European.” Jay Z legit has masterpieces that are worth more than some people make in their whole lives in his bathroom so he can look at them while he’s taking a piss. It’s no surprise that these lyrics made it on Vice’s 10 Most Ridiculous Unrelateable Rap Lyrics.

Of course, it makes sense then that Jay Z comes in second on our list of the Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists. The only question to ask yourself about his wealth is if Hova will surpass Diddy and hit a billion dollar net worth in the near future. That’s one race we’ll never be able to compete in (but still are more than curious about).


Some of the names you would expect, and others you may not have known were raking in money like this. For most of the Forbes-worthy people on this list, it’s their investments and businesses outside of rap that are really bringing in money (like Jay Z’s Tidal, which got a $200 million investment from Sprint, boosting Jay’s net worth by 30%) Needless to say, these artists are living lifestyles worth envying (whether you’d prefer to take a dump looking at Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup cans or not).