Let’s have a look at the below list of Top 10 Richest Underground Rappers in The World of 2016 and 2017. It is not new to hear when one says that not all underground rappers can crack the essential surface. Not all get a wide attention that normal artists get. But with the change in everyone’s taste in hip hop music, listeners from across the globe have resurfaced those underground artists and so, year after year, these underground rappers are gladly selling their work to billions thus gaining wide attention. With the help of media like Soundcloud and Youtube, these rappers are making entry into top billboards and all the way to listener’s hearts. These media platforms are selling to the public and giving listeners a wide range of choices to choose from and not just the ones that are common. This year has seen the rise of top underground artists and their market as a big name has gained popularity.
Their wide popularity has set a new trend in the music world making them richer as their sales of music skyrockets quickly. Below are the list of the top 10 richest and most popular rappers in the world, feel free to see:-
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- 10. R.A. The Rugged Man (Net Worth $ 500 thousand)
- 9. Vinnie Paz (Net Worth $ 1000000)
- 8. MF Doom (Net Worth $ 1 million)
- 7. Jedi Mind Tricks (Net Worth $ 1 million)
- 6. Big L (Net Worth $ 1.5 million)
- 5. Aesop Rock (Net Worth $ 1.8 million)
- 4. Brother Ali (Net Worth $ 2 million)
- 3. Immortal Technique (Net Worth $ 2.5 million)
- 2. Atmosphere (Net Worth $ 3.8 million)
- 1. Mos Def (Net Worth $ 5 million)
List of World’s Top 10 Richest Underground Rappers in 2016-2017
10. R.A. The Rugged Man (Net Worth $ 500 thousand)
R.A. Thorburn, better known as the R.A. The Rugged Man, is a richest American rapper who began his career at just 12. He fought for his services a nine-label bidding war; then R.A. signed to major label Jive Records at an age of 18. His first album, ‘Night of the Bloody Apes’, was never released. He has also been a boxing commentator and film critic. His album, ‘Legends Never Die’, debuted at number one on the US Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart.
9. Vinnie Paz (Net Worth $ 1000000)
Vincenzo Luvineri who is also known as Vinnie Paz is an Italian rapper and lyricist. Vinnie Paz is an MC from Philadelphia, and he gained his wide acclaim with Jedi Mind Tricks and has since expanded his career with solo and group projects. He is also the frontman of the hip-hop supergroup- ‘Army of the Pharaohs’. He is known for his lyrical delivery that includes references to war, politics, religion and others.
8. MF Doom (Net Worth $ 1 million)
Daniel Dumile is a British-born highest paid hip-hop recording artist who spent his life in the United States. Doom is best known for his “Super Villain” stage persona and unique lyrics. He is better known by his stage name, MF Doom or Metal Face Doom. He was featured on ‘The Avalanches’ single “Frankie Sinatra” in 2016. He is the most inimitable figure in hip hop. From behind his mask onstage, he has created a career where he has invited a cult following of fans.
7. Jedi Mind Tricks (Net Worth $ 1 million)
It is an underground hip hop duo from Philadelphia, founded by two high school friends. The underground popular hip-hop duo Jedi Mind Tricks started out on the streets of Philadelphia in early 1996 has created a wide buzz ever since bagging attention and huge acclaims for their work.
6. Big L (Net Worth $ 1.5 million)
Lamont Coleman who is best known by his stage name Big L was an American hip hop recording artist. He released his debut albums, Lifestylez Ov Da Poor and Dangerous in 1995. He has significantly contributed his essential resource to the underground hip hop world. He is considered as the King of Punchlines in his hip hop career.
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5. Aesop Rock (Net Worth $ 1.8 million)
Ian Matthias Bavitz is better known by his stage name Aesop Rock. He is an American hip hop recording artist. He was at the new wave of underground and hip hop acts that emerged during the late 1990s and early 2000s. He also got the rank in the Top 100 artists of the decade. Aesop Rock became one of the hottest MCs in the post-millennial underground.
4. Brother Ali (Net Worth $ 2 million)
Ali Douglas Newman(born as Jason Douglas Newman) is better known by his stage performing name Brother Ali. He is an American hip hop artist, a communist activist and also a member of the Rhymesayers Entertainment hip hop collective. On October 19, 2007, he appeared on the Late Night with Conan O’Brien and performed “Take Me Home” from the Undisputed Truth. Ali also appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and was featured with late night band The Roots.
3. Immortal Technique (Net Worth $ 2.5 million)
Felipe Andres Coronel also known as the Immortal Technique is an American rapper and urban activist of Afro-Peruvian descent. Most of his lyrics have controversial songs in the controversial address. He claimed in an interview to have sold close to 200000 copies of his three official releases. Immortal Technique has its goals to retain control over his productions.
2. Atmosphere (Net Worth $ 3.8 million)
The atmosphere is an American hip hop duo consisting of rapper Slug and Ant. A hip-hop group from Minneapolis, Atmosphere centers around rapper Slug. He became interested in hip-hop. In 1977, Atmosphere released their debut album, Overcast, which quickly became regarded as an underground hip-hop classic. Since its incorporation in 1989, this group has released eight studio. In 2016, they returned with Fishing Blues, an album that featured the single “Ringo” along with guest appearances from MF Doom and Aesop Rock( also on this list).
1. Mos Def (Net Worth $ 5 million)
Dante Terrel Smith, better known by his stage name Mos Def, also known by his recently used stage name, Yasiin Bey. He is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and comedian. Mos Def is an acclaimed rapper and actor who is known for his socially conscious hip-hop music as well as his performance in The Italian Job and Monster’s Ball. After his national stage show in the 1990s, Mos Def has gained the reputation of the most revered rapper and also as a well-respected actor.
The list of these artists gaining wealth depends on their popularity in the world. More and more people gather around to hear them and those who cannot simply buy their music. Since these underground artists have set a trend, it seems to keep changing for good.