Rappers have always shocked the world with their controversial lyrics, slang language, and weird outfits but this is what actually rap is all about. Today, the world of music varies in several categories from rock and roll to the rap.
Rap is actually an American classical music form originated around in 1970. Though the music form isn’t very old but it has come really a long way to become one of the most popular music categories in America. In modern era, rap music has grown to be a cultural phenomenon, taking today’s youth by storm. Youths feel connected with its lyrics and keep humming it.
Earlier rap was a male dominant genre but now in the industry, there are some potential and successful ladies who are putting the stage on fire with their music. They drive people crazy with their songs. These music sensations are not only the outstanding artists but also the richest personalities in rap music world. They’re earning millions and leading a luxurious life. Want to know who they are? Well, don’t look here and there.
Here is a complete list of top 10 richest female rappers in the world in 2017-2018
10. Eve: $10 million
Born in Pennsylvania, US, Eve is an American rapper and actress. The 38 year old singer started her rapping career as a teenager when she first appeared on Dr Dre’s label Aftermath as Eve of Destruction. After that, she released many thriving albums. Her most famous songs are ‘Let Me Blow Ya Mind’, ‘Gangsta Lovin’, and ‘Who’s That Girl’. The black beauty is the first ever winner of Grammy Award in rap song category for her most famous song Let Me Blow Ya Mind. Over her career, she has been starred in some of great movies like Barbershop and Whip It. Besides being a wonderful rapper and actress she also a successful business lady owning a clothing line named Fetish. No wonder, how this lady made up to write her name in this list.
9. Iggy Azalea: $10 million
With having the total net worth of $10 million, Iggy holds 9th position in this list. Being an outsider in the industry the 26 years old Australian beauty has really accomplished a lot. Before officially embarking on a rap career, she attained much of attention with her 2 music videos published on YouTube. In 2014, she released her debut album ‘The New Classic’ which put other music charts aside and topped even the American Hip-Hop billboards. Her 2nd album is expected to be released in 2017. Iggy, a lethal combination of beauty and talent, has made quite a sensation in the world with her songs ‘Work’, ‘Beg For Love’, ‘Fancy’ and ‘Fuck Love’.
8. DJ Spinderella: $10 million
Another lady with a same net worth of $10 million in this list. Deridra Muriel Roper better known to DJ Spinderella is an American rapper and actress and also a member of hip-hop group Salt-n-Pepa. She joined the group at the of 16 and thereafter she only kept raising and today her rank in this list say it all about her accomplishments. Other than being a rapper, she is also an actress, radio host and a happy owner of a beauty salon. She appeared in films ‘Stay Tuned’ and ‘Kazaam’. Over her entire career, she collaborated with some of the renowned hip-hop groups as Roxanne Shante, MC Lyte, Run-D.M.C. and Kid N Play.
7. Cheryl James: $14 million
The 51 years old Cheryl, widely known by her stage name Salt, is an American rapper and actress. She is one third of hip-hop rag Salt-N-Pepa. She put this rap group into existence in 1984 along with her college mate Sandra Denton. Presenting the group, she has given the 5 super-duper hit music albums with other two members. After getting married in 2000, she left the group and it disbanded in 2002 but the trio again came together in 2008 and rocked the music world with their sizzling performances. She has also been featured in some movies with her rap co-stars. Her net worth is estimated to be around $14 million.
6. Sandra Denton: $15 million
The best known as ‘Pepa’, this American singing star is the backbone of the rap group Salt-N-Pepa, the first ever female hip-hop group in the history. The group released 5 albums reaching the platinum status. With the groundbreaking success of the group she has become a household name in the rap industry. Throughout her career, she has made a number of film and television appearances too. In 2008, she published her autobiography ‘Let’s Talk about Prep’. Later in 2010, she released her own reality show with the same title. Summing up to all this, She is believed to be worth of an estimated $15 million.
5. Lil’ Kim: $18 million
Well known for her bold and explicit lyrics, Kimberly Denise Jones is an American rapper, songwriter, model, and actress but only few people know her by this name. She is widely known by her stage name Lil’ Kim. Under the guidance of hip-hop legend ‘Biggie Smalls’ the phenomenal girl started her journey in 1996 releasing her solo album ‘Hard Core’. Continuing her fruitful journey, she released 4 solo albums, 1 in collaboration and 36 singles over her entire career and reached the seventh moon of success.
Apart from her remarkable singing career, she also possesses 1 beauty salon, 2 clothing lines and many branded endorsements which make her stand in 5th position in this list with a whoopping net worth of $18 million. The Grammy Award winner rapper has earned numerous honors and awards. She is often tagged as ‘Queen Bee’, and ‘Queen of hip-hop’. She faced a major career break-down when she got in a legal trouble and was sentenced 1 year’s imprisonment.
4. Bahamadia: $32 million
Well, Bahamadia is her name by which world knows to her but her real name is Antonia Reed. Becoming one of the most sought lyricists, Bahamadia earned much respect for her freestyle lyrics, indomitable rhythm skills and positive attitude towards globalism in her songs. She introduced herself in the industry releasing her debut album ‘Kollage’ in 1996 which ranked 1st in hip-hop chart that year. Later she released two more certified platinum albums ‘BB Queen’ and ‘Good Rap Music’. In addition to being a music sensation, she is also a role model for millions. Her weekly radio show ‘Bahamadia’s B -SIDE’ (from 1997-99) is still one of the highest rated radio show in the rap history. With some worldwide famous songs ‘fuck vibe’, ‘true honey bun’, ‘I confess’ and ‘special forces’ her worth is believed to be $32 million.
3. Missy Elliott: $50 million
Missy Elliott is undoubtedly one of the most famous and loved hip-hop star in rap industry. After releasing her first album ‘Supa Dupa Fly’ she released 5 more certified platinum albums in a row selling more than 1 million copies each. 5 times Grammy Award winner singer ruled the industry for7 years and broke all the boundaries with her success. Elliott’s phenomenal success led her to bag many endorsements and film & TV appearances. No wonder, even at the age of 45 she is ranked 3rd in this list with staggering net worth of $50 million. Some of her singles hits ‘She is a Bitch’, All N My Grill’, ‘Get your Freak On’ and ‘One minute Man’ still put the world in storm.
2. Queen Latifah: $60 million
Dana Elaine Ownes is her real name but she goes by her stage name Queen Latifah which really justifies her momentous position in the industry. More popular for her social politics, acting skills and peculiar rhyming style, Latifah got in the roads of rapping in 1989 releasing her debut album ‘All Hail the queen’. Later she released 6 more albums and really became the queen of rap industry. Being one of the hip-hop’s pioneer feminists, she also left impressive marks in film and TV industry. The Grammy Award winner artist is first ever female rapper to be nominated for the Oscars for her supporting role in blockbuster musical Chicago. With gigantic worth of $60 million she proudly holds 2nd position in the list.
1. Nicki Minaj: $70 million
Onika Tanya Maraj, better known to Nicki Minaj tops the list with a giant net worth of $70 million. This rap swagger became a global name with her mixtapes even before releasing any albums. Over her entire career, she released 3 albums, which all proved to be a smash hit. The first 2 out of them topped the billboard chart and the last one ranked second in the chart. Though she hasn’t released many albums and singles but she definitely has something extraordinary which put her distinct from others. And that is her fast flow and accents of rhyming. The 34 years old rapper also endorses for some big brands like Adidas, MAC Cosmetics, and Pepsi which help her to lead the list.
It takes a great amount of efforts, guts, and strength to first build the path and then reach the peak of the destination. These millionaire girls have this exceptional quality, who impressively ruled a male dominant industry and accomplished a lot in terms of money, fame and name.