hip-hop Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers  

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List Rules 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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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Ice Cube Actor, screenwriter, film director, film producer, clothing designer

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631 188
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
dubier added Will Smith Actor

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537 166
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Dr. Dre Music producer, actor, film producer, film director, "Beats By Dr. Dre" headphone creator

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491 193
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Snoop Dogg 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 Snoop Dogg products

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507 208
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Eminem Record label head, songwriter, actor, author, Academy Award winner, commercial star, charity founder

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407 183
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
LL Cool J Actor, clothing designer and promoter, author, record company founder, website founder, awards show host

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401 216
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Ice-T Actor ("Law & Order: Special Victoms Unit"), playwright, screenwriter, activist, author, reality television star, video game voice actor

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380 189
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
50 Cent 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, reality television star, charity founder, headphone company founder

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316 131
Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Queen Latifah Actress, voice actress, awards show host, beauty model, perfume creator, cosmetics designer

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367 222
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Jay-Z Record label head, former New Jersey/Brookyln Nets owner, club owner, clothing designer, sports agent

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196 69
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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314 155
Tyrese Gibson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Tyrese Gibson Actor, model, author, MTV VJ, film producer, television producer, screenwriter

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324 187
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
T.I. 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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278 174
Common is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Common Actor, author, model, commercial actor, video game character, clothing designer, poet, activist

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280 201
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
André 3000 Actor, clothing designer, animal rights advocate, film production company founder, political print model

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300 197
Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Sean Combs Actor, reality star, producer, restauranteur, clothing designer, record company CEO, vodka promoter

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277 171
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Pharrell Williams Record label founder, clothing designer, eyewear and jewelry designer, furniture designer, website founder, sculptor, liqueur designer, television network creative director

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210 155
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
PeteBoyle added Mos Def Actor

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232 170
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Method Man Actor, video game voice actor, graphic novel producer, fashion designer

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226 179
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Xzibit Actor, television show host, video game voice actor, Internet meme

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112 68
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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198 191
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Cee Lo Green Record producer, actor, voice actor, reality singing TV show coach, commercial actor

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35 41
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
EDDE12345678 added Donald Glover Rapper and actor ( Troy in community )

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30 39
Chris Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
nirushanlawrence249 added Chris Brown

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160 215
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
MC Hammer 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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189 266
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Kanye West Music producer, clothing designer, record label founder, restauranteur, shoe designer, charity founder, actor

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156 201
Warren G is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Warren G Record producer, reality television star, male enhancement supplement promoter

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67 96
Jayceon Terrell Taylor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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