With a net worth that hovers around $500 million, Jay-Z is one of very few rap artists that can boast of untold riches while calling out false claims. To hammer the point home, a graphic chart featuring rappers and their cash-promoting rhymes highlights that some of them aren’t telling the truth about their earnings.
BusinessWeek created the chart using data from Forbes’ “Cash Kings Of Hip Hop” and “Forbes Five” lists. The chart was inspired by Jay-Z’s verse from “Versus” off the recently released Magna Carta Holy Grail album; the graphic reveals that even top Cash King Diddy and Hov himself have overstated their worth.
“The truth in my verses, versus, your metaphors about what your net worth is,” raps Jay-Z. Star rappers Nicki Minaj and Pitbull’s claims of billions are swiftly debunked after the chart lists that the stars are worth $9.5 and 15.5 million respectively.
Hov’s verse from The Throne’s “H.A.M.” is where the list trips him up, although he was the most honest of his financial assessment. “Like these rappers rap about all the sh-t that I do really. I’m like ‘Really, half a billi, really?’ You got baby money,” rapped Jay, whose current net worth is $475 million.
Other rappers listed included Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Wiz Khalifa and more. As it stands, the only artists capable of coming close becoming billionaires are Diddy and Jay-Z. Who do you have your money on?
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