5 Rappers That Got Rich and Stopped Trying
There are one-hit wonders, then there are those that get rich and stop trying. Unfortunately rappers change in unison with their bank accounts. Something happens when they make it. They’re removed from the environment that made them successful and all of a sudden they have all these eyes on them. They’re now worldwide artists expected to deliver platinum with every breath. Whatever it is, something happens and they change. After the jump, I list 5 rappers that got rich and stopped trying musically.
The proof lays in Detox. We’ve been waiting for more than a decade and a release date has yet to be seen, heard, found, or excavated. My patience dwindles with every passing second that I don’t have Detox. I’ve come to the realization that we may never get it, and when we do, it might suck. Dre is the embodiment of a rapper (I know he’s primarily a producer, but he raps too!) that got rich and stopped trying. But who would start rapping when HTC is paying you $100,000,000? That’s 8 zeros for those of you counting.
Ma$e literally dropped two albums, picked up his Bad Boy checks and quit. Well, he retired to find God and become a pastor, but he basically quit on hip-hop once he got his hands on those Benjamins. Mr. Betha made a comeback in 2004 with Welcome Back and it looks like he’s aiming at another comeback in 2012, but it’s not the same anymore. Shinny suits are a no-no in 2012, but those dance moves, oh they’re timeless. Preach!
He’s the guy that inspired the term. Maybe he blew up too damn fast. Fifty’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ has sold more records than some rappers entire careers. GRODT has sold over 15,000,000 records worldwide and The Massacre has sold over 7.5 million records across the world. Together that’s over 22 million albums sold. I guess anyone would “fall off” after a run like that.
Sure The Big 10 was good, 5: Murder By The Numbers was good, but they’re nothing like Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ or The Massacre. Fif’ got rich and stopped trying.
Nelly reminds me of 50. They came out and blew the roof off hip-hop. Nelly had chart-topper after chart-topper. Country Grammar is Nelly’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. The album is currently more or less 1 platinum plaque away from diamond status. Just to put this into perspective, The Marshall Mathers LP is diamond. Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is also technically diamond. But nowadays, Nelly is just a distant shadow. His own success was his own downfall.
Is there something in the St. Louis water supply? Why did Chingy suffer from the Nelly syndrome? Chingy was killing the charts in the mid-2000’s. Don’t even call him a one-hit wonder either. This guy had “Right Thurr,” “Holidae In,” “Pullin’ Me Back,” and “Dem Jeans.” Chingy hasn’t released an album since 2007, so one can’t say his new stuff just flopped because he has no album. He simply hit the jackpot and stopped trying.