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The Forbes Five: Hip-Hop's Wealthiest Artists

Jay-Z has had quite a career thus far. Since 1996 he’s sold over 50 million records worldwide and parlayed his musical success into lucrative businesses in the realms of fashion, cuisine and advertising (for more, check out my new Jay-Z book).

When it comes to the size of his fortune, however, Jay-Z is number two among hip-hop artists. The top spot goes to Sean “Diddy” Combs, who tops our first-ever accounting of rap’s richest by net worth.

Fueled by his interests in Sean John clothing, his Bad Boy Worldwide record label and, most significantly, his Diageo joint-venture vodka brand Ciroc, Diddy has a amassed a fortune of $475 million. Jay-Z ranks a close second, with $450 million (Updated totals here: “Who Will Be Hip-Hop’s First Billionaire?“)

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Superproducer/rapper Dr. Dre ranks third with $125 million, fueled by past earnings generated from his own career and by helping to launch those of Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, a onetime Dr. Dre protege who reaped a nine-figure payday from the sale of Vitamin Water to Coca-Cola, rounds out the top five in a tie with Cash Money Records cofounder Bryan “Birdman” Williams at $100 million.


In order to form the list, we followed the same procedures we use to calculate the list of the world’s billionaires (released today) — valuing current holdings, looking at past earnings, leafing through financial documents and talking to a bevy of analysts, attorneys, managers and other industry players to find the nitty-gritty details.

We considered only performers, which is why hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons isn’t on this list.

In Pictures: Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists

Though other hip-hop artists including Lil Wayne, Pharrell Williams, Rick Ross and others — not to mention pop sensation Bruno Mars, who penned Travie McCoy’s hit song “Billionaire” — frequently speak of ten-figure desires, we kept our list to five because of the lack of information available on the fortunes under $100 million.

Creating Your Hot Rap Beats

If you try to listen to a couple of rap songs that gathered big audiences all over the world, it is possible to listen to hot rap beats as supporting tracks which allow spectators to dance with the rhythm as the artists deliver their lyrical messages. The beat along with the foundation set include the reasons that draw the audiences or even the performance within the poetic performance within the performer. It is just a simple practice; you need to take notice of the music activity of the ideal artist and attempt to gain knowledge from the beat of his composition. The main objective of each and every music composer will be making the direct impact towards the audience and then to identify the pulse from the crowd.

The creation of beats turned easy through advanced technology. These software systems can assist you to create beats just like the beats developed by the original equipment. Make certain that the beats of your music complement the tempo and style once the background music is made up. Keeping the style and tempo in his mind, the composer may produce beats with focus on the distribution of lyrics with the aid of terrific beats. The composers may promote their music online by making their very own websites.

These web sites allow uploading the music created by the author while the beats will be sold to be several other persons.

Understanding Rap and Hip Hop Music

It managed to fulfill the needs and wants of music lovers of different races and cultures in ways no one could have anticipated and became responsible for the entire electronic-based music explosion throughout the world. The electronic synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers had all contributed heavily to the emerge of these styles.

Today it means much more than just music, rap and dance. It is a lifestyle, where you can experience a journey to everything with passion.

People often use rap and hip hop interchangeably. Because rap is something we do, whereas hip-hop is something we live.

Rap includes some poetic lyric, beats and their rhyming with subjects varying from relationships to commercialism.

Rapping, which is a medium of vocal application of between talking and singing is an important element of hip hop music.

People, money, cars, love and hate or anything else can be a subject for rapping about. Any person or object at any place can be a good subject for a rap song. This richness of feelings which can be found everywhere around the world can be the reason of the rising popularity of hip hop music culture all around the world.

Hip Hop's Greatest Of All Time Notorious BIG

What he brought to the game of hip hop was just more then a new style or delivery but an infectious voice and poetic imagery that had never been imagined in hip hop. The Notorious BIG was one of the only rappers in history, that was able to do both at an extremely high level. So what did the Notorious BIG bring to hip hop. For the most part hip hop artists tend to find a producer (person who creates the music) who makes music that is specifically for them. Although the Notorious BIG was known to have relied on P. At this point in time in hip hop (much like it still is today) each region had its own style of music and rap delivery. The thing that the Notorious BIG was able to do was go to each of these regions and not only use the music but also adapt his delivery to match the artists of that particular region. If it was collaboration the other artists were forgotten as the Notorious BIG stole the show. The Notorious BIG isn't regarded as the greatest hip hop artist who ever lived because of the money or the hit records he constantly made but for the impact he made on the entire hip hop industry.