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Lies, Damned Lies, And Rappers' Net Worths

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While exaggerating the size of things is nothing new to the human race, and as European politicians have proven - 'sometimes you have to lie'" - it appears the bubble in rappers' net worths has never been bigger. As Bloomberg Businessweek notes, fresh off of Jay-Z’s new album is the track Versus, on which he chides fellow hip-hop artists and their dubious tales of extraordinary wealth: “The truth in my verses, versus, your metaphors about what your net worth is.” Like Jay-Z, we’ve long been skeptical of just how wealthy some hip-hop stars claim to be, so we created a way to separate the truly rich from the loud-mouth lyricists.



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Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:30 | 3744959 fuu
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So this is an ad for Dre headphones or something?

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:39 | 3745002 Pladizow
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Tyler has a PhD - Playa Haytin Degree and is prejudice - where's M&M?


Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:14 | 3745200 Skateboarder
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It all went downhill after Eric B. and Rakim, in my opinion.


These guys' fortunes are barely anything compared to that of the private and central wanks, politicos, shitfuck CEOs, and the actual elites who trump all of the aforementioned clowns by an order of magnitude.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:19 | 3745236 boogerbently
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They're all getting rich with OUR entitlement $$$.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 12:31 | 3745591 Harlequin001
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What 'entitlement $$$'?

Are you entitled to something?

Last I looked you were entitled to work for whatever you think you are worth and can get, and that should be it.

Personally I don't feel entitled to much at all, just the ability to not be drowned in debt by my own fucking government...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 13:34 | 3745874 PeeramidIdeologies
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Good point there! Unfortunately this author still has the whole money equals wealth thing confused... Tsk tsk... Much to learn,...

On another note this article got an impressive amount activity...

Makes me feel like I should drop a little verse,
Make you grab pump your breaks, throw it in reverse,
Like, what what, is that a white jay-z? Naaa it couldn't be,
He grew up in the bushes, didn't even have cable tv,
Surrounded by bill hillies, babes, we call them fillies,
Boots, cut off jean shorts, making them country boys act silly,
Uh huh but this a side of rap that you have never seen,
Maybe it's never been done, oh wait, there's that's Jason Aldene,
Country music mixed rappin, guaranteed to get them clapping,
It's only gonna take a couple songs, you know it's bound to happen,
Haha you better get there first...

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 14:55 | 3746137 fourchan
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jayz is a talentless self promoter. someone had to say it.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 15:56 | 3746367 PeeramidIdeologies
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Lol looks like he's pretty good at self promoting to me...
What was your talent again?

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 20:02 | 3746806 Jam Akin
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The original rap tune is "Hot Rod Race" which is more country than soul...from 1950.





Sat, 07/13/2013 - 03:55 | 3747749 All Risk No Reward
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The banksters make the most money off of the talent of others in this industry, too.

The banksters control the distribution and media and the artists are dependent on them until the people wake up and only patronize alternate, non establishment avenues of music [or any other kind of] distribution.

If you study these criminals, they set themselves up between the source and the destination so they become the necessary component of trade.

The first thing they do with a self sufficient country is to make it dependent on their international distribution system.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 15:58 | 3746379 boogerbently
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They get theeir welfare check.

They buy Jay-Z CD and clothes.

Rappers get rich.

Get it now ?

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 00:07 | 3747546 jeff montanye
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something like that (government deficits) accounts for why corporate profits now are 70% higher than their long-term trend.  

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:20 | 3745243 Herd Redirectio...
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LOL, looks like NAS is in the negative.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:53 | 3745403 Bananamerican
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Niggety Bidniz Nigz (nee: Shantwayne Delorean)

The Praz?

Braggadocio T. Prizm

Who gives a shit???

Twenty YEARS of scowling clowns, stuck on stupid, steppin up to da mics to rhyme nigga and trigga.

This is Evil.



Fri, 07/12/2013 - 12:14 | 3745472 BLOTTO
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Yes Skateboarder!


I miss the Golden Age of Hip Hop...as a kid/teen growing up in the 80s and 90s...thats when the true mad beats where at...where it was (mostly) real.


My first concert was Public Enemy -'It takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back' - Tour...i was 15 years old.


The real soild beats and where they would rap about politics, growing up, philosophy, life, etc...not (just) 'bitches and hoes' and sex and money - as the main focus.

Even at 40 - i still just listen to the classics:

Boogie Down Productions, PE, Tribe Called Quest, EpMd, Gangstarr, Black Moon, Tupac,

Digital Underground, Slick Rick, Cypress Hill, House of Pain, Eric B and Rakim,

De La Soul, Run DMC, Wu Tang Clan, Das EFX, Digable Planets, Mobb Deep,

Special Ed, Geto Boys, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, Mc Lyte, etc...just to name a few. But then, they all disappeared...poof...the great beats are done...its all that shit sound.


All that main stream shit out there right now is all Illuminati controlled - they sold themselves out - 100%.

Fuck JayZ, Diddy, Flo rida, lil Wayne, Kanye West the fuckin bird, etc...all pieces of shit.


Tupac had a change of heart - he knew what was up later in his career and he was going to expose it 'God Willing i'm still alive' - and we know what happened next...

Anyway, im all over the place with my thoughts on this topic...ill leave it at that.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 12:14 | 3745510 Thisson
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No Beastie Boys?  Rayciss!

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 12:22 | 3745549 BLOTTO
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Oh my - And i seen the Beastie Boys in concert too!!! - i totally forgot...one of the originals...

I was trying to think of as many as i could and forgot a classic.


My bad Thisson...my bad.

I seen the Beastie Boys with Biz Markie (who i forgot as well) in 1998 at Molson Park and it was the first time i got baked...how in the fuck did i forget to mention BB...i guess i was baked.


RIP Adam Yauch


Fri, 07/12/2013 - 15:18 | 3746216 FEDbuster
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Where is Eminem?  Estimates are around $120 mil. for his net worth.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 14:59 | 3746153 monoloco
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The last good rap song for me was Gil Scott Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised".

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:56 | 3745423 takeaction
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Classic...R.I.P. Eazy...


Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:50 | 3745391 takeaction
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Cruisin' down the street in my six-fo'
Jockin' the bitches, slappin' the hoes

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 12:57 | 3745717 Dingleberry
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No M.C. Hammer?

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 13:34 | 3745879 astroloungers
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unless this is a tongue in cheek atempt at humor.......this is a "jump the shark" moment.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:31 | 3744968 zkay
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I humbly submit,


"Dr Dre - What's the difference?"


Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:31 | 3744970 Ribeye
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Bunch of saps,

"Life's a bitch, with a wet pussy"

- Rihanna

She's a fckn genius,

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:56 | 3745426 Bananamerican
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Taught you to spell i see....

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:32 | 3744971 onewayticket2
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NAS is negative.....!

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:49 | 3745060 Atlasshruggedme
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Good find, Debt is a bietch. Hammer Time!

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:32 | 3744973 Strut
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Fuck the police!

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:32 | 3744976 Dr. Engali
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That's raycciisssst.....Does this post violate the Hedges new discrimination policy?

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:43 | 3745028 Flakmeister
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Trying to channel Trav??

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:44 | 3745030 fuu
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No, akak has that covered.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:49 | 3745057 akak
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I did not realize that attacking one form of (so-called) music was, or could be, racist.

Perhaps the racist beam is in thine own eye.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:53 | 3745062 fuu
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Fuck off.

" and the misogynistic, socially disfunctional gutter trash that patronize it."

"increasingly beaten-down, poverty-ridden, socially twisted segment of American society (c)rap serves as a mirror for"

Your isms are showing, feel free to hit the little report abuse button.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:54 | 3745085 akak
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And fu too, fuu, you lying piece of shit.

At what point in anything I said above did I refer, explicitly or implicitly, to a particular race?

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:20 | 3745246 boogerbently
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The PC police, even on ZH !?!?

That's just sad.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:34 | 3745307 fuu
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Akak is a proud graduate of the Gully Foyle School of Painting.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:41 | 3745337 Ralph Spoilsport
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Alfred Bester called. He and James Joyce are laughing their asses off at this poorly executed conceptual metaphor.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 16:36 | 3746537 Not Too Important
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Disney management will do that to you. Slowly turning the screws . . .

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:55 | 3745066 Dr. Engali
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Nope just saying. Either this is a free speech zone or it isn't. It is their site, but it's very hypocritical of the Hedge to be posting potentially racial content that violates their own policies knowing full well the commentary it will bring out. I for one detest the categorizing of people by "race" however I will remain uncompromising when it comes to the 1st amendment.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:08 | 3745170 MsCreant
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I read the post and did not think about race, or Tyler starting something, until you guys talked about it. I am surprised at how much some of them make. It also seems to me that net worth can move around a bit so that a couple of these guys may know a "ball-park" number, and say it out loud, yet in these rapidly shifting markets, be wrong tomorrow.

I mean this, race did not cross my mind until I got to the comments section.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:28 | 3745183 Dr. Engali
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I was surprised too. This comment by Shizzmoney explains a lot about their so called net worth:



Fri, 07/12/2013 - 12:05 | 3745467 Creepy Lurker
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Agree, MsCreant, the only thing I thought when I saw this was, WTF? I thought I was on ZH?

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:37 | 3744979 akak
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Fuck that perverted mockery of music, and the misogynistic, socially disfunctional gutter trash that patronize it.

You can't spell "crap" without "rap".

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:41 | 3745010 Tinky
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Breathtakingly ignorant perspective, I'm afraid.

Not only are you painting with an absurdly broad brush (listen to some classic Gil-Scott Heron, for example), but you utterly fail to recognize the importance of Rap as a mirror of a large segment of American society. 

The aesthetics may not appeal to you as opposed to The Beatles or Rolling Stones, but the cultural significance of Rap is equally profound.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:46 | 3745043 akak
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I don't give a damn how large a segment of an increasingly beaten-down, poverty-ridden, socially twisted segment of American society (c)rap serves as a mirror for --- it is still pure garbage from any decent esthetic standard.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 10:55 | 3745099 Tinky
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I see that you have a tendency to stereotype at every turn. It's a shame that you apparently can't see how that undercuts the value of your comments.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:00 | 3745120 akak
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Show me any significant number of aficionados of rap who are equally appreciative of the symphony or traditional folk music, and I will concede your point.

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:03 | 3745137 Tinky
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Your statement arguably sets a new standard for irony!

Rap is folk music. More precisely, it has a closer connection to the type of folk music to which you refer than any other contemporary music. How do you imagine that Africans were expressing themselves long ago?

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