Are Rappers Actually Worth What They Say They’re Worth?

No, not really. At all. We compared rappers’ alleged wealth as heard in their lyrics to their actual wealth.

Listening to these rappers’ lyrics was inspired by Businessweek’s Jay-Z Is Right: Most Rappers Are Lying About Their Money. Our methodology was slightly different: instead of using net worth and earnings in a specific year interchangeably, we used net worth exclusively. (In Lil Wayne’s case, we used earnings to be consistent with his lyrics.) This approach allowed for more accurate comparisons. Data was provided by Celebrity Net Worth and Forbes.

2. Pitbull

Song: Feel This Moment, 2012
“I see the future but live for the moment, make sense don’t it. Now make dollar, I mean billions, I’m a genius, I mean brilliant.”
Actual net worth: $20 million

3. Rick Ross

Song: Ashamed, 2012
“Until this day I’m slain, the commission remains. Net worth over a billion, I’m ashamed to say.”
Actual net worth: $28 million

You’re ashamed for the wrong reason.

4. Nicki Minaj

Song: Up In Flames, 2012
“I’m in Saint-Tropez, on a big boat. Go my way to make a billi like a big goat.”
Actual net worth: $45 million

Only $955 million shy of your goal Nicki, keep up the good work.

5. Diddy

Song: Shot Caller Remix, 2012
“Dippin in a Gatti, billboards in Toyko. Worth about a billi and I still run the city.”
Actual net worth: $580 million

“About” is a stretch Diddy, but hey, why not round up?

6. Jay-Z

Song: HAM, 2011
“I’m like ‘Really: half a bill…,really?’ you got baby money.”
Actual net worth: $500 million

On that scale, you’ve got “baby money” too, Hova.

7. Nas

Song: No Introduction, 2012
“Elevators was out of order yeah. Worth two hundred million now.”
Actual net worth: $17 million

8. Lil Wayne

Song: Ballin, 2011
“Last year I made a hundred million dollars flat.”
2010 Earnings: $20 million

Maybe sell your teeth for some extra cash?

9. Ludacris

Song: Future, 2012
“Took two years on just to raise my cup. Worth a 100 fucking mill.”
Actual net worth: $75 million

10. Soulja Boy

Song: All Black, 2013
“Everybody know that Soulja Boy is worth 30 mill.”
Actual net worth: $23 million

You tell ‘em, Soulja Boy.

11. Drake

Song: The Motto, 2012
“How you feel how you feel how you feel? 25, sitting on 25 mill.”
Actual net worth: $30 million

That’s some real motto-sty.

12. Gucci Mane

Song: Pistol In The Party, 2013
“I’m worth 20 mil on Ebay.”
Actual net worth: $15 million

Why the 33.33% markup? You don’t even come with real teeth!

13. Wiz Khalifa

Song: Rowland, 2012
“I made eleven million…without any endorsements.”
Actual net worth: $11 million

Right on the money, literally.

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