“The first billionaire in hip-hop, right here from the motherf—ing West Coast. Believe it,” Dre said in an Instagram video with R&B singer/actor Tyrese on Thursday night.
The race to a billion wasn’t exactly a silent war; Jay bragged that he was on his way to a “billie” back on 2006’s “Brooklyn High,” the next year 50 put out a “billion dollar” remix to his “I Get Money” single, and in 2012 Diddy bragged about having half-a-billion on Future’s “Same Damn Time” remix.
In April Forbes magazine did a tally of the five wealthiest hip-hop artists. At the top of the list was Diddy, with an estimated bank of $700 million, thanks in part to Revolt TV and a deal with Ciroc. At the time Dre was in second place, with $550 million, while Jay came in third with $520 million. Birdman landed at number four and 50 Cent rounded out the top-five list, but this new move with Beats and Apple will surely change things.