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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.

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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.