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Rappers With the Coolest Post-Rap Careers

List Criteria: Focus on rappers who don't make albums consistently anymore because of their other commitments

The rappers with the coolest post-rap careers are those rap and hip hop artists who became famous first from their music then went on to add numerous other entries to their resumes. These are the rappers who dominated various businesses and became highly successful entrepreneurs, or at least did some cool things along the way.

After making it big for rapping, all rappers do something but some definitely did more with their time than others. Instead of finding themselves in prison or other unfortunate situations, these rappers grabbed the bull by the horns and used their fame and fortune to become even more rich and famous. These rappers didn't just start one business, they started several and made huge bank as a result.

For many of these rappers, the path to stardom included first becoming a successful rapper, then the founding of their own record company, followed by a long career using their brand to get acting jobs, product endorsements and their own television shows. Many also gave back to the communities and people who are less fortunate with non-profit and charity organizations.

Arguably, two of the rappers with the coolest post-rap careers are easily two of the wealthiest rapper CEOs and entrepreneurs. Diddy, aka Sean Combs, and Jay-Z, aka Sean Carter, lead both lists with dozens of successful businesses to their credit. From vodka to television and film to sports to nightclubs, these two rappers are dominating just about everything they do.

Whatever these rappers are doing now, be it still rapping or making millions of dollars in other businesses, they can all look back at how they got their start. They may not have ended up the same place, but each started in rap music and that tie will bind them forever.
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    the people's #1
    Will Smith

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music More
    100
    added by: dubier
    Actor
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop More
    96
    Actor, screenwriter, film director, film producer, clothing designer
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    most listed
    Snoop Dogg

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap More
    91
    Actor, reality television star, voice actor, film production company founder, author, record ... more
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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap More
    88
    Music producer, actor, film producer, film director, "Beats By Dr. Dre" headphone ... more
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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop More
    82
    Record label head, songwriter, actor, author, Academy Award winner, commercial star, charity ... more
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music More
    81
    Actor ("Law & Order: Special Victoms Unit"), playwright, screenwriter, activist, ... more
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    79
    Actor, clothing designer and promoter, author, record company founder, website founder, awards ... more
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    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    68
    Record label head, former New Jersey/Brookyln Nets owner, club owner, clothing designer, ... more
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    Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    67
    Record producer, actor, author, reality show star, production company founder, nightclub ... more
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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap More
    67
    Actor, sneaker designer, clothing designer, video game voice actor, vitamin water creator, ... more
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    Electronic music More
    66
    Actor, reality star, producer, restauranteur, clothing designer, record company CEO, vodka ... more
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
    65
    Actor, clothing designer, animal rights advocate, film production company founder, political ... more
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    ranked low on reranks
    Queen Latifah

    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz More
    64
    Actress, voice actress, awards show host, beauty model, perfume creator, cosmetics designer ... more
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    ranked low on reranks
    Tyrese Gibson

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    62
    Actor, model, author, MTV VJ, film producer, television producer, screenwriter
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
    61
    added by: PeteBoyle
    Actor
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    58
    Record label founder, clothing designer, eyewear and jewelry designer, furniture designer, ... more
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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop More
    58
    Actor, author, model, commercial actor, video game character, clothing designer, poet, ...
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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop More
    52
    Actor, television show host, video game voice actor, Internet meme
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    52
    Actor, video game voice actor, graphic novel producer, fashion designer
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    MC Hammer

    Hip hop music, Pop music, House music More
    51
    Reality show producer, reality show star, ordained minister, record producer, actor, racehorse ... more
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music More
    51
    Record producer, actor, voice actor, reality singing TV show coach, commercial actor
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kanye West

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music More
    49
    Music producer, clothing designer, record label founder, restauranteur, shoe designer, charity ... more
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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    42
    added by: HereshSniper
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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk More
    41
    Record producer, reality television star, male enhancement supplement promoter
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    40
    added by: HereshSniper
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    38
    added by: HereshSniper
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    Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop More
    36
    added by: EDDE12345678
    Rapper and actor ( Troy in community )
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