Top 5 Hip Hop Moguls

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I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man! – Jay Z

I’m doing pretty good as far as geniuses go. – Kanye West

Well, we all know social media is all about image and how things appear. Fake it till you make it, right?

You could be dead broke, unemployed, or just a real d-bag in real life, but if you play your cards just right you too could be the next lyricist master turned powerhouse industry mogul. If you believe your “a boss”, eventually you could actually be one worth millions…

However, before we break down the top paid players in the game, one must understand the platform and attitude needed to get a head. It needs to be addressed. My personal favorite are those individuals who throw a slick rap lyric (under 140 characters of course), so people can recognize how they started from the bottom and now they are here. -And where would that be exactly? Just curious…

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Inspirational? Actually, I could vomit. Everyone thinks they are a hustler, and everything thinks they are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Truth be told, stop thinking you are on the brink of success simply because you tweet it to the world.

Follow the advice of real predecessors of your craft.

Work hard.

Don’t be fooled by the hype and the social media messages that even some of your “mentors” are having you believe.

Know their dream, know their story, and know the facts that come with the status, not just the lyrics/quotes everyone seems to idolize!

Top 5 Hip Hop Moguls

#5 Birdman

Net Worth $150 Million

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Bryan “Birdman” Williams, “Baby” to his close associates, is a regular presence on Forbes lists like our new run down of hip-hop’s wealthiest artists. His exploits as the co-founder of Cash Money Records, and as a rapper, solo and with the Big Tymers, his duo with Mannie Fresh, are well known.

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#4 50 Cent

Net Worth $155 Million

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After scoring $100 million on the sale of Vitamin Water in 2008, “Fitty” hopes to repeat the feat with stakes in new ventures including SMS headphones, Effen Vodka and Frigo underwear.

#3 Jay Z

Net Worth $550 Million

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As part of the dynamic power couple, Jay & Bae, his diversified portfolio continues to grow thanks to assets as an entrepreneur and investor.

Jay Z co-owns the 40/40 Club, and is the co-creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the former president of Def Jam Recordings, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of Roc Nation. He also founded the sports agency Roc Nation Sports and is a certified NBA and MLB sports agent.

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#2 Dr. Dre

Net Worth $700 Million

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With the biggest payday is music history from his Beats sale, a nine-figure tax bill prevented him from top rank.