Let’s have a look at the below list of top 10 Most Popular Best Selling Rap Artists in the World in 2016 and 2017. With a huge fan following, this genre has mixed and controversial views towards it. It falls under the broad category of music, but it can hardly be declared as ‘music’ as we know it. RAP might indeed stand for ‘Rhythm and Poetry’ as Rapping is delivering rhythmic chants or speech which are rhyming. They are mostly aggressive in tonality and is considered to be originated from the Blacks. Rapping has a huge fan following because of its rhythmic, powerful beats and because it’s a narrative of what the rapper feels or felt at a point in time.
There are some great rappers out there who deliver the rap by making it on spot while on the stage and that, as we all know, requires tremendous talent. Their actions with hands are not only meant for adding style to the rap but also for maintaining the beat and rhythm. Below is the list of the top 10 most talented and thus best selling rappers of the world right now.
List of the world’s top 10 most popular, best selling Rap artists in 2016-2017
(10.) Rakim (Net Worth: $ 1 million)
Born on January 28th, 1968, Rakim is also known by the names of The God MC, Kid Wizard, and Rakim Allah. A New York City-born rapper, he is widely regarded as one of the most skilled and influential MCs there ever was. His album named Paid in Full became the greatest hip hop album according to MTV in 2006.He was given the number one position in the list of the top 50 lyricists of all time by The Source. His words are graceful, and his songs speak about the errors committed by humanity. Many of his subject matters revolve around his skills and the Islamic faith.
(9.) Lil Wayne (Net Worth: $ 150 million)
He is accepted as the ‘voice of the common man’ and rose out of New Orleans… Born on September 27th, 1982, he is also known as Shrimp Daddy and Baby D. Debuted at the young age of 9, he recorded under the Cash Money Records. He had success following the record “Guerrilla Warfare” which was released in 1999 and the single Bling Bling which was released in the same year. He founded his label in 2005 named Young Money Entertainment. He had broken the record of Elvis Presley in the number of Billboard HOT 100 ENTRIES. He has sold more than 100 million records internationally.
(8.) Snoop Dogg (Net Worth: $ 143 million)
One of the most familiar face in the rapping industry, he is taking the name of Snoop Lion nowadays. Also known as Snoopadelic because of his many stage appearances with an extra long joint of marijuana pressed between his lips. Born on October 20th, 1971, he is a Californian rapper who was discovered by Dr.Dre in 1992 and has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide His debut album was Doggy style and had featured in the number one spot in the Billboards. He is also giving a helping hand to YouTube in adding some new features.
(7.) 50 Cent (Net Worth: $ 150 million)
This famous American rapper is a business person as well as a talented rapper. Born on July 6th, 1975, he is an entrepreneur, investor, actor, record producer, film producer, television producer too apart from being a rapper. He was a drug dealer initially at a young age of twelve, and his musical career was brought into the spotlight after Eminem discovered him. He rose to prominence with the help of the already established Eminem and Dr. Dre. He has sold over 30 million records globally and has quite a sparkly acting career.
(6.) Dr. Dre (Net Worth: $ 700 million)
Anyone here aspired to own a Beats Headphone? Well, we all know that they are engineered by no one else other than the talented and influential Dr. Dre himself! His songs are best suited for the listener with a frustrated mood. This American rapper and business person were born on February 18th, 1965 with the name Andre Romelle Young. With a net worth of $ 550 million, he is the second richest man in the American hip hop scene and was previously was a co-owner as well as a performer for Death Row Records. He is one of those figures who had a huge hand in popularizing the West Coast G-funk style of rapping. He has also appeared in movies like Set it Off, The Wash and Training Day.
(5.) Jay-Z (Net Worth: $ 550 million)
Played slowly in nightclubs and clubs, his hip tuned style of rap is known to attract the young generation. Born on December 4th, 1969, his net worth is $520 million and is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists. According to MTV he is the top MC of all time (2006)with great hit albums like The Blueprint, The Black Album, and Reasonable Doubt all featuring in the Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all times, He owns the 40?40 sports club and a co-creator of the clothing line named Rocawear. He founded Roc Nation and the sports agency Roc Nation Sports and is also an NBA and MLB agent.
(4.) Nas (Net Worth: $ 17 million)
Nas was declared to be the King of New York; he was born on September 14th; 1973and is the son of the jazz musician Olu Dara He is presently working under Mass Appeal Records and had started his musical career in 1991 and released his debut album Illmatic in 1994His album It Was Written made globally known. His public feuds with Jay-Z increased his popularity to a great extent. He is often considered as the greatest hip hop artist and was ranked at the number 5 position by MTV on their list of The Greatest MCs of all time and was given asecond place on the list of Top 50 lyricists of all time by Forbes magazine.
(3.) Notorious B.I.G (Net Worth: $ 160 million)
Known to have revolutionized the rapping world, this singer was as genuine as the rapping he does. Born on May 21, 1972, he died an early death at the age of 24.He was born in Brooklyn and rose to popularity with his debut album Ready to Die in 1994. At the peak of successful career, he was killed by an unknown assailant who shot him from inside a moving car. His album Life after Death which was released 16 days after his death and occupied the number one position in the US album charts.
(2.) Tupac (Net Worth: $ 140 million)
His rapping speaks about the issues of different people with a passionate talent level. He was born on June 16th, 1971 and also had an early death at the age of 25 with gunshot wounds. By 2007, he had sold more than 75 million records worldwide. His albums named Greatest Hits and All Eyez on me are still bestsellers in America. He was very influential and began his career as aroadie, MC, and backup dancer. He was killed in a similar way as Biggie.
(1.) Eminem (Net Worth: $ 190 million)
Apparently, the greatest rapper is known to the mortal and theimmortal world, he deals with all the real life situations around him and uses very relevant metaphors in his raps. Raised from underground rap battles when the rap world was totally dominated by the Black Americans, he is the only white rapper in the list. Popularly known as Marshall Mathers and Slim Shady, he has sold over 2 million albums worldwide and is officially the best-selling artist in the United States as of the year 2000.He received the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album for his album The Slim Shady LP and his albums The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show earned him global success. His album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 earned him 2 Grammy awards. He has made cameo appearances in many Hollywood movies.
And thus we come to the end of this list. I hope every one of you has heard the songs of the top 5 rappers at least if not all of them and if you have not, then it is to leave this planet.