Musicians Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers  

Susie Moss
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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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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Music producer, actor, film producer, film director, "Beats By Dr. Dre" headphone creator

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649 236
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Record label head, songwriter, actor, author, Academy Award winner, commercial star, charity founder

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584 210
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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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489 212
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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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732 184
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Actor, screenwriter, film director, film producer, clothing designer

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702 243
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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Actor

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457 217
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Actor, clothing designer and promoter, author, record company founder, website founder, awards show host

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444 251
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Actor ("Law & Order: Special Victoms Unit"), playwright, screenwriter, activist, author, reality television star, video game voice actor

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419 242
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Record label head, former New Jersey/Brookyln Nets owner, club owner, clothing designer, sports agent

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122 115
The Game is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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283 199
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Actor, television show host, video game voice actor, Internet meme

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359 159
Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Actress, voice actress, awards show host, beauty model, perfume creator, cosmetics designer

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345 181
Tyrese Gibson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Actor, model, author, MTV VJ, film producer, television producer, screenwriter

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363 208
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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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317 215
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Actor, clothing designer, animal rights advocate, film production company founder, political print model

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262 133
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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313 191
Common is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Actor, author, model, commercial actor, video game character, clothing designer, poet, activist

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340 220
Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Actor, reality star, producer, restauranteur, clothing designer, record company CEO, vodka promoter

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316 190
Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Record label founder, clothing designer, eyewear and jewelry designer, furniture designer, website founder, sculptor, liqueur designer, television network creative director

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273 179
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Actor, video game voice actor, graphic novel producer, fashion designer

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228 180
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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Actor

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146 85
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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218 209
Cee Lo Green is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Record producer, actor, voice actor, reality singing TV show coach, commercial actor

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67 56
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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Rapper and actor ( Troy in community )

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31 48
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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