How Much Money Do Rappers Really Earn?

Posted in: Hip Hop by TruthWritez on June 13th, 2009 | 26 Comments

Have you ever wondered how much money rap artists really make a year? They may brag a lot, but if you do the research you will be surprised how much they actually make!

Do you think rappers make a lot of money?

It’s common for people to think that their favorite rapper is getting filthy rich off of their album sales, but in reality they don’t make as much as you think they do because of their record label, manager, lawyer, accountant, and IRS taxes. The average rap artist makes under a dollar for every album they sell, and the album cost $10.00, imagine how much money Soulja Boy is about to make for putting his album for sale on Amazon for under $3.00!! He won’t make much, even DMX has spoke out about the music industry robbing artists of their cash in a song called “The Industry“.

If you take a look at how much is spent on making an album, and how much money is made back, it’s probably a disappointing number, unless the artist goes platinum or more.

Major Recording companies end up with most of the album sale cash, but independent labels usually split it 50/50 with the artist, so independent artists can sell half of what an artist on a major deal can sell, and still have made more cash from their album!

Rap artists are not completely broke, they are barely ever broke unless they blow their money stupidly, because they get paid royalty checks! They get paid for all that radio play, because its their music, they own it, although they basically rent it off to labels and lose a certain percentage of the pay, they still get paid, so an artist like Lil Wayne is probably cashing in on the radio play!

Basically the music industry isn’t what it’s cracked up to be, but rappers can still make a lot of money from performing, features and many other things, ring tone sales also help some rappers out a lot (just ask Soulja Boy), so if your trying to get into the music industry you have to make sure you stay on your grind and be smart when it comes to business. Rappers like Diddy, 50 Cent, and Jay-Z are making more money than most can dream of because they’re about doing business, so learn from successful artists, and educate yourself on the music industry if you plan on getting in it!

Here is what the former co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, Damon Dash has said about the the money made from Hip hop..

“The music business isn’t so profitable, especially not hip-hop. I couldn’t buy what I wanted to buy. I’m talking cooks and drivers. I got into clothes to make money. The people in this business all think they’ve made it because they’re in charge of their little record labels. “I’m like, this isn’t even my main source of income. I already did this business – and I made movies and I designed clothes and I got my own vodka and my own Swiss watch maker. “It’s all about finding ways to make money off an upscale urban product. That’s what I do. Period.”

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26 Responses to “How Much Money Do Rappers Really Earn?”
  • J-marley November 8th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    im j-marley duce 4rm st.louis and i learned alot so thanks i will be famous soon believe me

  • isaias November 19th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    heay im isaias aka lil dro thanks 4 da info i’ll have a new exclusive on myspace ny e-mail iz lildromuzik@yahoo.com

  • Arrow Heart February 13th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    sup dog me and my band will be famouse some days

  • cloe February 13th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    me and my girls will be famouse this year some day look out 4 our new album ARROW HEART!!! it will rule

  • nikish March 2nd, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    i want be a rapper i can rap i am realy good i ahve a rap song called rock this world it is realy good

  • nikish March 2nd, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    i am going to be a star so don’t worry i am going to rock your world

  • 2down April 15th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    hell na its 2 down speakin an me an my grou d.c bout to get a record label so yall can feel free to start hatin

  • E-Jay April 29th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Im a great rapper, smart 2. im going to the 3rd best school in chicago this fall. I love rapping, and thanks to you, i know that i want an independent label, with my songs on the radio, ringtones, and even comcast’s On dEmand!

  • COLmixmatch May 6th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    G.C.Wonder cummin at yall. All i need is one shot fam, and it’s ova. That’s all i need bro……

  • Jacobey September 29th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    a Local Rapper in here…i make money by helpin other ppl get there music out there hit me up if u need help..Jacobey.j.burns@neo.edu

  • BradleyMFG00 December 11th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Man none yall foolz ever gonna be famous just shut the hell up wit the cheer leader hoop hype hollerin’ and all tht..

  • 4theLULZ December 24th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Hhahah you all think your really gonna be famous? Keep dreaming kids its a long road to fame

  • Fame December 29th, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Whatz good my names L aka Fame im a young little rapper from California and i knoe ima make up to the Top….. i Just gotta keep my mind focused.. you all can too just gotta stay on the right track.

  • Lil dyablo March 15th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    haha ima be gangsta rapper all yal r gunna bow dwn [brown pride 01] ese fuk $anjose mutts

  • Dessiree November 1st, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Yo’ Dawg Dont Be Downing On Us Mexicans ! Foo’ We Gun Be Takin; Over Yuhr Turf HomeBoy So Get It Straight , Bye !

  • Does it matter? November 21st, 2011 at 4:43 am

    I’m from Washington, I’m Fifteen, and I’m a “Rapper” as you guys say, I find myself more of an artist, I’m not gonna say my name, don’t want anyone stealin it, here’s something I wrote just wrote. ” I’m just fifteen, and I’m already feeling pressure, gotta reassure mom I’m not smoking or drinking” but sure as hell I’m thinking of it, love hasn’t been a kind lover, I don’t even know the word, but what’s left to do, my parents not apparent to my talent, I haven’t been honest, I want to be famous, but I’m nameless, and the truth is, this is just some bull shit lyrics I made up to rise the spirits.

  • thisguyisgarbage November 27th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    this dude wack as fuck^^^

  • Choke T November 27th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Dat homie real wack dawg

  • Matumbo April 18th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    dear “does it mattter” you’re not a rapper, just a lonely boy sitting home alone moaning cuz his pockets aint gettin fatter. no im not rhyming faster just goin in on lame niggas that cant hack it, music addict, so dope the cracks a brick. toxic with the flow make your heartsick stop tic….explode like fat man dookies in commodes

  • joey May 10th, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Matumbo who the fuck are you Buckeroo
    That rhyme wouldn’t earn a buck or two
    we all here to be famous u anus
    and I see by posting that joke u must be shameless
    So get off my nigga nameless
    See I’m only sixteen so I know about the big dream
    you dick fein I know ur flows won’t pull 1 hoe
    earn u no bankroll get no bread or dough
    So u might as well quit it while a real emcee spit it
    You get it you got it good shout out to my hood
    Tampa FL Kings Forrest

    yeah I know dude needs practice but u do too

    Labels contact me joeyrocksoffsocks@Gmail.com
    ima 16 yr old white rapper with alota motivation

  • joey May 10th, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Matumbo who the fuck are you Buckeroo
    That rhyme wouldn\’t earn a buck or two
    we all here to be famous u anus
    and I see by posting that joke u must be shameless
    So get off my nigga nameless
    See I\’m only sixteen so I know about the big dream
    you dick fein I know ur flows won\’t pull 1 hoe
    earn u no bankroll get no bread or dough
    So u might as well quit it while a real emcee spit it
    You get it you got it good shout out to my hood
    Tampa FL Kings Forrest

    yeah I know dude needs practice but u do too

    Labels contact me joeyrocksoffsocks@Gmail.com
    ima 16 yr old white rapper with alota motivation

  • Sherlock May 23rd, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Yeah, I love music ( hip hop and rap especially). I know I will be successful at what ever I do ( not rap necessarly). If I don’t become what I want to become then I will be something close to it. The fame and money would be nice but im doing it for the music first. Im going to college to major in business, communication, and advertisment. I will do what I have to do and if I don’t make it to were I need to be then I will have an outlet. I hope everyone make it to were they need to be though.

  • green mz May 29th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    ya’ll thinkin to far a lil bit too fantasy niigas be up in this trafficked
    sea, pigs pullin up on curbs arrestin heards and yall shorty bitchies thinkin too much fame wen real famz holdin it tight eva heard the sayin u need green to make green like a money machine well i dont see none of ya startin so move outa the headlights mmg comin up in this blunt see no gangsters runin this L take cover or get cut endless lyrics…real shit get gatz or get teefed need the 9m clogged and ready aimin nd blast at em fools ganna lock up in my base with mad 16’s got a benz inside the dam locked up with 2 double bars now explode nd take that kush leave crumbs and inhale pounds exhalin cashh all ova FTP

  • Me July 21st, 2012 at 4:43 am

    From the above comments, I think I should stick to listening to country music….

  • Samoan Crip-Yung Sal August 31st, 2012 at 11:26 am

    all yall niggas cant rap fo shit,
    so start takin notes while i start tuh spit,
    we stay posted in southeast daygo,
    come down here n u gon get ur head blown,
    dnt think u hard imma tell u sum real shit,
    u wanna b frum the set think about samoan crip,
    yall dnt smoke dnt drink aint doin it big,
    wen u pheenin i smoke blunts not zigs,
    imma let yall busta ass niggas bump gums,
    but if u wanna talk shit imma lay out all u bums,
    while im keepin my flow my moneys staccin,
    and all da bitches know wuss craccin,
    yall lil ass kidz who dnt kno a thang,
    imma represent my blocc if u wanna bang,
    and if any yall niggas trynna fucc wit my life,
    imma show all yall niggas how tuh bust a nine.
    imma let yall go n do wut u do,
    dnt get mad cuhz err thangs coo

  • big money make it rain December 5th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    that’s gud cuz i wanna be one holla at me

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