English hip-hop music is loved all over the world and it reaches billions of people across the globe. Irrespective of continents, cultures people listen to English hip-hop music. Especially the rap music has earned a huge popularity with some exceptional artists setting trends in the world stage. The raps usually express the feelings, themes in the most effective way and some serious issues like racism, discrimination have been raised in rap music.
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Here is the list of richest and best selling top 10 rappers who are immensely popular and have had maximum album sales across the world:
Christopher Brian Bridges, professionally known as Ludacris, is an American rapper, actor and an entrepreneur. His debut album was Incognegro followed by successful albums like Back for the First Time, Word of Mouf, Chicken-n-Beer, Release Therapy, Theater of the Mind and Battle of the Sexes. He has sold over 15 million albums worldwide. He has featured in movies like Crash, Gamer and the widely known The Fast and the Furious. He has received Screen Actors Guild Award, Critic’s Choice Award, Grammy Awards and many more during his career.
9. Lil Wayne
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. better known as Lil Wayne is an American rapper, hip hop recording artist. He started his career with Cash Money Records and later gained popularity with Young Money and Republic Records. His few of the successful albums are Lights out, 500 degreez, Tha Carter, Tha Carter II, Tha Carter III, Tha Carter IV, Am not a human being. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, including 15 million albums.
Earl Simmons, popular by his stage name DMX, is an American rapper, actor, singer and record producer. He has featured in films such as Belly, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave and Last Hour. He also starred in the reality TV series DMX: Soul of a Man. In 1999, DMX released “…And Then There Was X” was a huge success that earned him widespread acclamation that included the hit single “Party Up”. He rose to fame with the recent “Deadpool” movie soundtrack.
7. Dr. Dre
This successful celebrity was born in Compton, California and is a rapper, entrepreneur and record producer. He is one of the greatest in Hip Hop, gangsta rap, G-Funk genre. He is the founder of AfterMath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. He staged the debut of artists like Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Xzibit and many others. In the beginning of his career, he found great success with the N. W. A group and later brought out several albums with various artists. He has won six Grammy Awards and several other recognitions. His assets are estimated to be about $620 million.
6. 50 Cent
50 Cent is an American rapper, songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, record and television producer. Curtis James Jackson III is his real name and he was born in South Jamaica neighborhood of the borough of the Queens. He used to sell drugs in his young age and later decided to pursue his music career. He was discovered by Eminem and his first album was brought under Shady records, Aftermath entertainment and Interscope Records. Later Eminem and Dr.Dre helped him in his first major album. He then gained popularity and later found G-Unit Records. In his career he sold over 30 million albums worldwide and his net assets are estimated to be about $155 million. He has also earned several awards including the Grammy, Billboard Music Awards.
Usher Raymond IV, better known as Usher, is an American singer, actor, dancer and songwriter. He launched his first album Usher in 1994, which was quite popular and his second album My Way raised him to prominence. His other albums Confessions, Here I Stand, Raymond vs Raymond were all sold in striking numbers world wide. He is one of the Bestselling artists worldwide with having 43 million albums sold and has won eight Grammy Awards and several other awards and recognitions too. He has also started own record label named Raymond Braun Media Group and Justin Bieber is one prominent artist he represents.
4. Tupac Shakur
He is widely known by his stage name 2Pac and Makaveli, he is an American rapper and record producer. He was ranked 86th in Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. His albums All Eyez on Me and Greatest Hits were a huge commercial successes and 2Pac has said to have sold over 75 million records worldwide. He is considered as one of the most influential rappers as his songs revolved around themes of violence, racism and other social problems.
3. Jay Z
Shawn Corey Carter, popularly known as Jay Z is an American rapper, investor and entrepreneur. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and is one of the best selling artists of all time and has received with 21 Grammy Awards. He had the record of having highest number of solo albums featured in Billboard Top 200. His three albums Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, The Black Album are considered to be the landmarks in Hip hop history and have featured in Rolling Stones list of greatest albums of all time. He is a very successful entrepreneur and investor and his total assets are estimated to be about $550 million.
2. Kayne West
This American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and fashion designer is among the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st Century. He released his solo debut album The College Dropout in 2004 that received widespread acclamation and commercial success. His other popular albums include Late Registration, Graduation, My Beautiful Dark Side Twisted Fantasy, Watch the Throne, Yeezus and others. He has won 21 Grammy Awards and has a fame of most Grammy-awarded artist to have debuted in the 21st century. He has sold more than 100 million digital downloads and was named among the “100 Most influential People in the World” in 2005 and 2015 by Time.
He is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the best selling Hip-hop artist with about 45.1 million albums sold worldwide. He is the first rap artist to receive Academy Award for his song Lose Yourself as the Best Original Song. His debut album was Infinite and his other successful albums are The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show, Encode, Relapse, Recovery and The Marshall Mathers LP 2. He has won 15 Grammy Awards and is the first artist to receive Grammy for three consecutive LPs. He is called the King of Hip Hop by the Rolling Stones and ranked him in their list of Greatest Artists of all time.
This was our countdown for the top 10 Best selling and richest rappers by 2017 in the world whose albums are immensely popular and have got widespread recognition and acclamation all over the world.