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

2
638 233
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

3
573 208
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

4
480 207
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

5
720 184
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

6
692 238
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
dubier added Actor

7
444 216
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

8
437 245
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

9
409 240
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

10
120 106
The Game is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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11
351 152
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

12
275 195
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Actor, television show host, video game voice actor, Internet meme

13
343 174
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

14
354 205
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

15
311 186
Common is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Actor, author, model, commercial actor, video game character, clothing designer, poet, activist

16
308 214
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

17
252 132
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
HereshSniper added

18
336 215
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

19
312 185
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

20
262 179
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

21
225 177
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
PeteBoyle added Actor

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139 85
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
HereshSniper added

23
217 204
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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60 55
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
EDDE12345678 added Rapper and actor ( Troy in community )

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26 48
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Coachy added

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173 230
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Reality show producer, reality show star, ordained minister, record producer, actor, racehorse stable owner, clothing designer, website founder, mixed martial arts management company

27
171 212
Warren G is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Record producer, reality television star, male enhancement supplement promoter

28
209 325
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
Music producer, clothing designer, record label founder, restauranteur, shoe designer, charity founder, actor

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52 93
Chris Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rappers with the Coolest Post-Rap Careers
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