1. Snoop Dogg
We tend to think of the world’s richest rappers as hard, bad guys; but in reality they are not all that bad. Snoop Dogg is well known for giving to many charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Orca Network, Save a Life Foundation, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and The Healing Circle. Snoop also has a special charity he has set up himself named Snoop Youth Football League in which he actually coaches youth football. Considering his “bad-guy” street cred, Snoop is a big ol’ softy.
2. Master P
After lawsuits forced P to shut his label down and file for bankruptcy in 2003, Miller has dedicated much of his time to communities through P. Miller Youth Centers and his P. Miller Food Foundation for the Homeless. On July 28, 2007, Willie W. Herenton, the mayor of Memphis, Tennessee even presented Miller with the key to the city.
3. Ice Cube
Beginning his career in Compton, CA as part of the rap group N.W.A. along with Eazy-E, Ice is best remembered for starting the gangsta rap genre and for saying “f- tha police.” But Mr. Cube has since moved on from his notorious days as a bad boy. Recently, Ice has participated in charity work involving the creation of an art series to benefit those affected with Aids.
Thug no more. Luda is now a clean cut family man, who has mostly given up the rap game for prime time TV and movie gigs. Along with acting, he also enjoys spending time with his daughter, Karma Bridges.
5. Rev Run
Rev Run might have been a hard-ass back in the day, but now he’s an all around man of the Lord. And it’s no secret that this rapper’s delight is now religion. Focusing on God and his family, this is one transformation Rev is proud to rap about.
6. 50 Cent
A long time since his gansta days, 50 cent is now one of the most charitable rappers around. 50’s dedication to charity has been formulated into the G-Unity Foundation which he founded. The major focus of his charity is on underpriviledged, low-income, and underserved communities in the United States.
Legendary gangsta hip-hop emcee Ice-T may still be a badass in his own right, but he’s certainly taken a bit of the edge off. Ice now focuses exclusively on his acting career, most notably in the hit series Law & Order SVU.
After riding the wave of one of the most successful labels in the ’90s, Mase left Bad Boy and decided to take his talents to the alter. In 2005, he attempted to marry the church to the streets by briefly joining G-Unit, but later repudiated the move as a mistake.
While Nas may still be making music, he is no longer known as the gangsta bad boy of rap. This veteran rapper now prides himself on other things including his love of Michelle Obama and his heavy hand in charity work, most notably with the “Nobody Wa s Thirsty” campaign (as seen on Nas above) which helps provide drinking water to developing countries around the world.
Before Jay-Z was selling millions of records, he was selling drugs on the streets of Brooklyn. And although these days are long behind him, he has used his past as a platform for jumping into the future. And with the millions of dollars he earns from his music, he certainly gives back. With over $450 million dollars donated to various charities and organizations, Jay is one rapper who is trying to make a difference.