Which rappers lie most about their money?
If nothing else Jay-Z’s new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” is, if not a creative triumph, a furthering of Jay-Z’s many business triumphs. Selling a million copies to Samsung before it even went on sale officially is an unprecedented co-branding move, and impressive way of creatively making money from a product that’s been brutally devalued as a commodity over the last 15 years.
Given that it’s so hard to make money in music, the multi-millions touted constantly in rap verses seem kind of incredible. Businessweek took note of Jay-Z’s lyric from his new album: “The truth in my verses, versus, your metaphors about what your net worth is” and decided to crunch the numbers using Forbes’ celeb-tracking data to calculate the difference what rappers say they’re worth and what they’re actually worth. Jay-Z fibs a bit, but not nearly as much as some of these guys:
The humble brag! Birdman is the one man on this list to understate his own wealth.
Said: “Hundred million dollars, the fire flame splitter”
Actually: Worth $150 million in Forbes’ 2013 list, so unless he made $50 million in the last the years, he was low-balling it.
Lying by: Somewhere around $50 million