musicians Rappers Who Grew Up with Money  

Jessica DeFino
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Rap's most iconic songs are usually about one of three things: growing up poor, life on the streets, or overcoming struggles — and, oh yeah, bragging about making it out. Raps like "Changes" by Tupac and "Hard Knock Life" by Jay-Z have made the "struggling up-and-comer" rapper the genre's go-to stereotype. But what about rappers who grew up rich?

Privileged rappers don't exactly fit the mold. Some lie about their blessed upbringing so they don't lose street cred (like Tyga), some fully embrace spending daddy's money (like Childish Gambino), and some are just trying to step out of the shadow of their famous parents (like Ricky Hill and Chet Daze). Here are the most famous rappers who grew up as part of the upper class—read on to discover the best (and worst) rappers born rich. 

Drake


Drake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers Who Grew Up with Money
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Drake (or Aubrey Graham) grew up in an upper-middle class neighborhood in Toronto and started acting on Degrassi at age 15. His comfortable upbringing, coupled with that sweet TV cash, brought Drake some harsh criticism for his song, "Started from the Bottom," because, well, he started from at least the middle. 

Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rappers Who Grew Up with Money
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Wiz Khalifa grew up on the streets... of beautiful North Dakota, that is. The rapper was born to two military parents, and they moved whenever their jobs required it. Wiz has lived in Germany, England, and Japan. Not too shabby!

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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rappers Who Grew Up with Money
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Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, is an actor and rapper who grew up in Pacific Palisades, California with his well-to-do family — and he's not ashamed! He raps about his charmed upbringing in "Sweatpants," where the lyrics speak for themselves: "Furniture custom, you shop at IKEA. So Maserati, you whipping a Kia. Spending this money, it's longer than Nia. Live like a Coppola, me and Sofia. Waking up broke, man, wouldn't wanna be ya."

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Tyga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers Who Grew Up with Money
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Tyga once claimed he was from Compton, but the rapper lied: he grew up in Gardena, a nice suburb of Los Angeles. His parents also apparently drove a Range Rover! Nice try Tyga, but you're not fooling anyone. 

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Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers Who Grew Up with Money
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Australian rapper Iggy Azalea had a very comfortable upbringing in Mullumbimby. Her father was a painter and her mother worked for hotels — not quite the gritty history that Azalea would like us to believe. 

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Jaden Smith


Jaden Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers Who Grew Up with Money
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Jaden Smith is a 17-year-old rapper who grew up wanting for nothing — he is the son of big-screen superstars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, after all. Without money troubles to focus on, Jaden opens up his mind to other things, like the inner working of the universe and breaking gender barriers. (See his Twitter for more.) In 2016, he was worth about $8 million.

Jermaine Dupri is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers Who Grew Up with Money
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Jermaine Dupri hit the familial jackpot — his father, Michael Mauldin, was a top executive at Columbia Records. Beside providing him with a cushy upbringing, Mauldin no doubt helped Dupri launch his career as a rapper and producer. It pays to have parents in the biz! see more on Jermaine Dupri

Redfoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers Who Grew Up with Money
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Redfoo got that family money! His dad, Berry Gordy, Jr., founded the Motown record label, and his mother was a writer-producer. Guess that's why his music is so worry-free!

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