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Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers

Updated May 1, 2020 11.9k votes 1.9k voters 110.3k views29 items

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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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    Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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    Music producer, actor, film producer, film director, "Beats By Dr. Dre" headphone creator
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    Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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    Actor, screenwriter, film director, film producer, clothing designer
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    Eminem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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    Record label head, songwriter, actor, author, Academy Award winner, commercial star, charity founder
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    Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 4 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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    Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
    Actor
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    50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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    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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    LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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    Actor, clothing designer and promoter, author, record company founder, website founder, awards show host
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    Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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    Record label head, former New Jersey/Brookyln Nets owner, club owner, clothing designer, sports agent
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    Tyrese Gibson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
    Actor, model, author, MTV VJ, film producer, television producer, screenwriter
  • 10
    T.I. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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    156
    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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    Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 11 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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    Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 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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    Common is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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    Actor, author, model, commercial actor, video game character, clothing designer, poet, activist
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    Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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    Actor ("Law & Order: Special Victoms Unit"), playwright, screenwriter, activist, author, reality television star, video game voice actor
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    Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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    André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 16 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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    Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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    Actor, television show host, video game voice actor, Internet meme
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    Method Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
    Actor, video game voice actor, graphic novel producer, fashion designer
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    Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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    Actor
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    Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 20 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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    The Game is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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    Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
    Rapper and actor ( Troy in community )
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    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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    The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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    Warren G is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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    Record producer, reality television star, male enhancement supplement promoter
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