The music industry has seen personalities from all walks of life, who, through hard work, established a name for themselves, all for their passion of the craft. And, understandably, with their success comes not only the prestige, but also the money.
And, for these music artists, along with earning these big bucks comes the acquiring of over-the-top homes. From having such amenities as indoor swimming pools to their very own home theater systems, these prodigious residences house among the top rappers in the industry who have flaunted their wealth through their abodes.
15.) Rick Ross
Rick Ross is an accomplished rapper and a music producer after founding his own record label Maybach Music Group which has released some of his albums, including God Forgives, I Don’t (2012), Mastermind and Hood Billionaire (2014). It is also responsible for some of the industry’s talented rappers like Rockie Fresh and Gunplay.
Ross’s sprawling 105 acre mansion is located at Fayetteville, Georgia and was formerly owned by former boxer Evander Holyfield. Some of the mansion’s greatest features include its 12 bathrooms, 21 baths, 7 stall barn, bowling alley and movie theater.
14.) Will Smith
Hollywood actor Will Smith started out in the industry as a rapper, even if his career took off when he began to star in movies. The rapper-turned-actor’s net worth is reported to be $250 million.
The Smith estate is a 150-acre mansion located in Calabasas, California. Among the mansion’s main features are its eight-car garage, numerous fireplaces, and double height entryway. Its other highlights include a man-made lake, basketball, and tennis courts as well as a swimming pool designed like a lagoon.
Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams is known around the music industry both as a rapper and a record producer. He is the founder of the music label Cash Money Records and is one half of the duo Big Tymers. Within his company is Lil Wayne’s own recording label ‘Young Money’ and has been the home of several enormous names in the rapping industry including Tyga, Drake and Nicki Minaj.
His home, which is located in Palm Island, Miami, has over 9 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms and an in-ground swimming pool with its very own private dock.
12.) 50 Cent
Curtis Jackson III, also known as 50 Cent, is considered as one of the most prominent figures in the music industry. However, he owes his fortune not just from rapping, but also from being an entrepreneur.
In 2003, 50 Cent reportedly purchased a mansion in Connecticut, which was formerly owned by world boxing champion Mike Tyson. The mansion boasts of 25 bathrooms, a dance club and a casino.
Rapper Drake’s mansion is known as the YOLO ( an acronym for the famous mantra, “You Only Live Once”) mansion. The Canadian rapper, who is known for hits like ‘Best I Ever Had’ and ‘Find Your Love’, purchased the mansion located in the Hidden Hills area of Calabasas, California for $12 million in 2012. It features 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, a 5-stall horse facility, a grotto, a sand volleyball and a 24-seat theater.
10.) Kanye West
Kanye West, as expected, is no exception to this list. He purchased a home, together with his wife Kim Kardashian, that is located in Calabasas, California, occupies 16,000 square feet and worth $20 million.
This luxurious estate boasts of two swimming pools, eight bedrooms, a wet bar, a library a game room and a vineyard. With this, anyone can say that their daughter North is certainly living in the lap of luxury.
9.) Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs
Grammy award winning rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs recently brought $40-million home at Holmby Hills, Los Angeles. His mansion, which is recently under new construction, occupies about 17,000 square feet.
Although the abode is fairly new, it has more than enough amenities to rival the other mansions in this list. They include a spacious wine room, a grotto, and a lagoon-style swimming pool. With a net worth of $700 million, this rapper’s wealth did not suffer much from the purchase of this new residence.
He may still be 25 years old, but this West Coast rapper has raked in millions since his career went off in 2011. Known for hits like ‘Make it Nasty’ and ‘For the Road’, Tyga has reportedly purchased a $6.5 million mansion at Calabasas, California as well, in 2012.
This plush pad is also home to his 17-year-old girlfriend Kylie Jenner, who reportedly spends some of her days and nights with the rapper. Tyga’s abode boasts of seven bedrooms, a swimming pool, a fully operating gym, and a multi-camera system.
7.) Dr. Dre
Andre Romelle Young is known around the music industry for his stage name Dr. Dre. This rapper and music producer is also an accomplished entrepreneur and a tech mogul, who is both the CEO and the founder of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. He has produced some of the music industry’s biggest names as well and these include Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and Xzibit.
Dr. Dre’s posh mansion called the Brentwood mansion was formerly owned by power couple Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, who reportedly built the mansion from ground up and is reputed to be environmental friendly. The $40 million mansion has 9 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms, a sauna and a moat.
6.) Lil Wayne
This rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana is also widely recognized for founding his own record label Young Money Records in 2005. Some of Lil Wayne’s notable hits include ‘Lollipop’, ‘A Milli’, and ‘Got Money’.
This iconic rapper’s lavish home in Miami boasts of 10 bathrooms, 9 bedrooms, sky terraces, a two floor master suite with a glass elevator and a 3-bedroom guest house.
Regarded to be one of the greatest living rappers of all time, this Grammy award winning rapper and music producer is one busy man, who juggles his time between making music and running his very onw record label Shady records, which launched the careers of Joe Budden, Joel Ortiz and Yelawolf.
Although he came from Detroit, Eminem purchased an expensive mansion in Oakland County, Michigan that was previously owned by the CEO of Wal Mart. The mansion, which occupies 15,000 square feet, has such features as six bedrooms and nine and a half bathrooms.
Aside from being an accomplished rapper with hits like ‘Southern Hospitality’ and ‘What’s Your Fantasy’, Ludacris is also famous for his role as Tej Parker in the Fast and the Furious film franchise.
Ludacris’ new posh home located in Los Angeles holds 5 bedrooms, an infinity pool, a wrap-around balcony and occupies 6,000 square feet of space.
American rapper Nelly might well be in his 40s, but this has not stopped him from still bringing in the cash. This Grammy award winning rapper has produced hits like ‘Dilemma’, ‘Work It’, and ‘Air Force Ones’.
Aside from a being a mogul in the music industry, Nelly is also an accomplished entrepreneur with his own brand of clothing lines, Vokal and Apple Bottoms. Unlike most rappers in the list, Nelly purchased a mansion in Missouri where cheap price has great value.
Nelly’s $ 1.4 million mansion occupies 6 acres of property, which includes 9,000 square feet of living area. It also boasts of a large pool and an actual size basketball court.
Pharrell Williams is considered to be one of the most artistic rappers in the music scene.
His $12.5-million-home is a Miami penthouse situated right on the Miami waterfront. It boasts of a living space of 98,000 square feet and features 6 ½ bathrooms, 5 bedrooms, and a 3-story main room, equipped with a staircase and a home theater. The residence also features a roof top terrace, an outdoor kitchen and a 360-degree panoramic view of Miami Beach.
1.) Jay Z
It will come as no surprise that the music industry’s power couple Jay Z and Beyonce will top this list, as both artists have a combined net worth equivalent to $1 billion. They have a pricey mansion located at Holmby Hills, Los Angeles.
According to an article by Refinery 29, this amazing home is still being rented by the couple with a monthly expense of $150,000 dollars. Some of this crib’s out-of-this-world features include seven bedrooms, two libraries, a tennis court, eight and a half bathrooms and an infinity pool. Although, the couple is still looking for a place to permanently settle in, this fine mansion seems to cater to their needs just fine at the moment.
We know rappers in this list not only for their contributions to the music industry, but also for their lifestyle outside the recording booth. Yet, no matter how lavish their lifestyles may be, their current fame and fortune is the result of years of hard work and perseverance in making a name for themselves in an industry they love.