Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers

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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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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop Actor, screenwriter, film director, film producer, clothing designer

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    Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers

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    Will Smith Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music Actor

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    Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers

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    Dr. Dre Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap Music producer, actor, film producer, film director, "Beats By Dr. Dre" headphone creator

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap Actor, reality television star, voice actor, film production company founder, author, record company chairman, youth football coach, product endorser including for alcoholic beverages, gum, beauty

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    Eminem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers


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    LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers


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    Tyrese Gibson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers


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    Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers


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    Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers

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    Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers


    André 3000 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music Actor, clothing designer, animal rights advocate, film production company founder, political print model

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    Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers


    Pharrell Williams Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music Record label founder, clothing designer, eyewear and jewelry designer, furniture designer, website founder, sculptor, liqueur designer, television network creative director

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    Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers

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    Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music Actor

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    Method Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers


    Method Man Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop Actor, video game voice actor, graphic novel producer, fashion designer

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    The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers

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    The Notorious B.I.G. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers

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    Donald Glover Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop Rapper and actor ( Troy in community )

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    Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers

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    Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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