Not Surprised: Rappers Lie About Their Riches In Their Songs

July 12, 2013  |  

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Rappers just love to brag about their “bread.” Countless music videos show artists flinging around excessive amounts of cash. With their flashy Italian cars, gold chains, and expensive clothes on screen, how much of the big-talk boasting match their actual bank accounts? Skeptics at Bloomberg BusinessWeek reveal the truth behind our rappers’ claimed “riches.”

“I’m in Saint Tropez on a big boat, on my way to make a billi like a big goat,” said a bumbling Nicki Minaj in “Up in Flames.” We can let the “Starships” singer strut around claiming she makes a billionaire’s salary like a large farm animal, but BusinessWeek tells us Minaj really makes $15.5 million — seven percent of one billion.

Minaj isn’t the only culprit. We all love Pitbull’s new summer jam, “Feel this Moment,” but we certainly don’t like liars. “I see the future but live for the moment, make sense don’t it. Now make dollars, I mean billions, I’m a genius, I mean brilliant,” he said.  Yeah, right. Mr. Pitbull, you make $9.5 million. Please don’t insult our intelligence.

Then there’s the richest man in hip-hop. For some reason, he’s not satisfied that he’s No. 1 on the “Richest Rappers of 2013” list with a net worth of $580 million. Oh no, he has to convince everyone that he’s “dippin’ in the gatti, billboards in Tokyo. Worth about a billion and still run the city” in “Shot Caller Remix.” Puff Daddy, P.Diddy, Diddy—whatever your name is—you only make half of that.

“And a b**ch can’t call me cheapskate, I’m worth 20 millon eBay,” Gucci Mane — with the ice cream cone face tattoo — proudly proclaimed in “Pistol in the Party.” We don’t know what planet this man is on, but BusinessWeek discovered that the most expensive Gucci Mane item on eBay was an autographed microphone for $200. Two whole hundred dollar bills! We are just so astonished by excessive value of wealth that Gucci Mane has-an online auction site.

While BusinessWeek also calls out Nas, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, and Rick Ross on their rubbish claims of wealth, the only rappers that refrained from exaggerating their riches were Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris, and Jay-Z. Both Wiz and Luda kept it real on the $10 million they make.

Jay-Z — who’s worth $475 million — is not far off the target when he said “Like these rappers rap about all the s**t that I do really. I’m like ‘Really: half a billi, really?’ You got baby money,” in “HAM.”

Jay was tired of rappers pretending they are more prosperous than they truly are. As a result, in his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, which went platinum (kind of), he decided to point it out in his”Versus” track: “The truth in my verses, versus, your metaphors about what your net worth is.”

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  • Tehani

    Come on. Everyone knows rappers lie.

  • IllyPhilly

    I need to make 7 percent of a billion.

  • kayjay

    Its not that serious , its just song lyrics. they still make money regardless

    • Tehani

      It is serious because young black girls and boys are trying to model themselves after these people.

  • chanela

    meanwhile, regular black folks are going broke buying louboutins,louis vuitton,chanel, and expensive cars and shoes to keep up with these rich rappers. not to mention, rappers,singers,actors,and models get FREE clothes and shoes from the expensive brands. they don’t buy a damn thing. smh

    • IllyPhilly

      That is terrible for those stupid people to be so stupid.

  • Kenedy

    Well….Its not like I’ve ever even believed what they claim in their songs, lol

  • Kenedy

    Well….Its not like I’ve ever even believed what they claim in their songs, lol

  • whatabunchoflamos

    Pfft puh-leeeeeease. They are just a bunch of pomp and circumstance. How much money someone makes never has–and never will be—something I will ever be impressed by. How bout these losers impress me with their music talent instead?

  • cryssi

    First some claim they’re racking in seven figures or more, when in reality they’re barely getting six figures (2 Chains).

    Then when they do finally hit the seven figure mark, they claim they have more money than China has people.

    Lastly, they can brag in videos, songs, and interviews on how they are just balling…yet claim they’re too broke to pay child support.

    Smh o_O

    • Ajavee

      Yes it all comes down to proiritizing. A lot of these rappers borrow so much money from the record companies that they end up owing more than they actually earn. Some of these rappers do not read their recording contracts.

      • Tehani

        That’s because they can’t read.

        • Ajavee

          You made a good point.

    • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait

      Case and point, Ace Hood on the red carpet at the BET awards and his Rolex broke on him… Yet u waking up in a Bugatti, eh?

      • IllyPhilly

        Dead! Bwhahahaha!