hip-hop Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers

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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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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Ice Cube 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
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
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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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Snoop Dogg 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 products, car dealerships and various ...

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore Hardcore hip hop - Record label head, songwriter, actor, author, Academy Award winner, commercial star, charity founder

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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
LL Cool J Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop East Coast hip hop - Actor, clothing designer and promoter, author, record company founder, website founder, awards show host

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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop Rock music - Actor ("Law & Order: Special Victoms Unit"), playwright, screenwriter, activist, author, reality television star, video game voice actor

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Queen Latifah Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B Jazz - Actress, voice actress, awards show host, beauty model, perfume creator, cosmetics designer

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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap - Actor, sneaker designer, clothing designer, video game voice actor, vitamin water creator, body spray promoter, condom promoter, film production company founder, dietary supplement company founder, author, imprint company founder, ...

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Tyrese Gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Tyrese Gibson Hip hop music, Pop music Contemporary R&B - Actor, model, author, MTV VJ, film producer, television producer, screenwriter

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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Jay-Z Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop Gangsta rap - Record label head, former New Jersey/Brookyln Nets owner, club owner, clothing designer, sports agent

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop Gangsta rap

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T.I. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
T.I. Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop Gangsta rap - Record producer, actor, author, reality show star, production company founder, nightclub owner, social networking website promoter, liquor designer, cognac creative consultant, commercial actor

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Common is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap Alternative hip hop - Actor, author, model, commercial actor, video game character, clothing designer, poet, activist

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Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Sean Combs Hip hop music, Synthpop Pop music - Actor, reality star, producer, restauranteur, clothing designer, record company CEO, vodka promoter

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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
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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Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Xzibit Hip hop music, Horrorcore Hardcore hip hop - Actor, television show host, video game voice actor, Internet meme

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
The Notorious B.I.G. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop East Coast hip hop

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Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Cee Lo Green Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Pop music - Record producer, actor, voice actor, reality singing TV show coach, commercial actor

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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Donald Glover Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop - Rapper and actor ( Troy in community )

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Warren G is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Warren G Hip hop music, Gangsta rap G-funk - Record producer, reality television star, male enhancement supplement promoter

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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Political hip hop

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Jayceon Terrell Taylor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Jayceon Terrell Taylor Hip hop music, Gangsta rap Contemporary R&B

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MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
MC Hammer Hip hop music, Pop music House music - Reality show producer, reality show star, ordained minister, record producer, actor, racehorse stable owner, clothing designer, website founder, mixed martial arts management company

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Chris Brown is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Chris Brown Urban contemporary, Hip hop music Pop music

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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Kanye West Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Pop music - Music producer, clothing designer, record label founder, restauranteur, shoe designer, charity founder, actor