They love to flaunt their wealth and drive pimped-up cars, but who's all talk and who has the moola to back up their swagger?
Rappers work in a cut-throat industry, literally. Rapping is also a very lucrative industry, with the top talents' net worth reaching up into the hundreds of millions. So who's the king of the rapping hill, whose the richest rapper of them all?
* Dr Dre
Net worth: $750 million
Real name: Andre Young
Date of birth: February 18 1965
You've heard of 'Beats by Dre', right? Well this is the Dre. Dr Dre, that is. It comes from a shortening of his real name, which is Andre Young. In fact, it's this 'Beats by Dre' brand which has secured his spot as the richest rapper in the world, as it has been reported that Apple, Inc. is buying the brand. This puts his net worth at roughly $750 million, just pipping Diddy to the top spot. However, it is not this brand alone which has made Dr Dre so successful.
Net worth: $700 million
Real name: Sean Combs
Date of birth: November 4 1969
Diddy? Puff Daddy? P. Diddy? Who knows what name he's going by nowadays? Aside from the fact that he seems to change his name more often than I change my socks, what I do know is that this rapper's real name is Sean Combs (which he also calls himself sometimes, just to make things more confusing). With a net worth of $700 million, he is one of the wealthiest rappers in the world.
Net worth: $550 million
Real name: Shawn Carter
Date of birth: December 4 1969
Born in New York, little did the world know what great things little Shawn Carter would go on to achieve. Now known as Jay-Z, he has sold over 75 million records and received 19 Grammy Awards for his hip hop records to date. As such, he has collaborated with some of the best names on the planet - it would be impossible to mention them all as there are simply too many.
Net worth: $160 million
Real name: Marshall Mathers III
Date of birth: October 17, 1972
I'm sorry; I can't resist. I just have to mention that, yes, this is the real Slim Shady. Pretty much every album and single that this man has touched has turned to gold (or diamond...or platinum...), making him one of the biggest selling artists of all time, and America's best selling artist in the 2000s. He has even appeared in the film 8 Mile - the soundtrack to which also gained him an Academy Award.
Net worth: $270 million
Real name: Bryan Williams
Date of birth: February 15 1969
Bryan Williams is a pretty uninspiring name, but it is the identity behind the fifth richest rapper in the world. That said, with a net worth of $270 million, he is probably one of the least well known names on this list. He has made his money through recording and producing music; he is one of the co-founders of the now infamous Cash Money Records.