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5 Rappers That Got Rich and Stopped Trying

September 13, 2012 · Posted in editorial · 16 Comments 

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.

Dr. Dre
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!

50 Cent
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.

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16 Responses to “5 Rappers That Got Rich and Stopped Trying”

  1. Punch on September 13th, 2012 5:00 am

    I have my theory on Detox. It will bring so much attention that Dre is trying to not disappoint anybody so since it’s been delayed for over a decade. The sounds of the album will be different some 03 – 08 -10. all in one album. I mean I hope that’s what he’s doing… or did he really stop?


  2. R0b3 on September 13th, 2012 5:59 am

    somebodys been hitting that hatorade pretty hard!!! “stoped trying” is in no wayy something you can say about Dre Nelly or 50.. Dre runs a label and produces nonstop for the top artists in the game, 50 has consistently released albums and mixtapes as well as running a label since he entered, and Nelly is still putting out hits as recently as 2010, sure they may have changed styles or adopted different techniques.. but to say stop trying and put these 3 in the same category as mase and chingy is a disgusting insult…. all 3 of these guys are still active in the industry and big names to this day… jus cause you dont like a song they put our or whatever is no reason to make this kind of outrageous claim!!!


  3. KING BLOOD on September 13th, 2012 6:32 am

    Maybe Dre cancelled on the Detox. All this new rappers changing Hip Hop is makin Dre and all those four rappers to focus on other thingz


  4. eric on September 13th, 2012 7:55 am

    you’re dumb. chingy had an album after 07. oh dre gave up? shut your mouth you sound stupid. 50 got big cuz his music was unique, but he didnt have that many albums in him. he’s repetetive like khalifa; he’ll be done soon too. Either that or people will just get sick of hearin him. Chingy had radio songs, they werent necessarily rap songs. Terribly written.


  5. The Royal One on September 13th, 2012 8:58 am

    What kind of article is this ? Why are you dissing those guys. How can you down play artist that dominated rap for years, sold millions, & left us with timeless hip hop classics ? From Country Grammar, Nellyville, Get Rich, The Massacre, The Chronic, Dre 2001, Mase with his couple classics it’s asinine the way your talking them because they aren’t your favorite Drake or Lil Wayne. ” If your not posting in song lyrics, videos, or hip hop news don’t no longer write editorials. Your an extremely biased writer.


    YCease Reply:

    @The Royal One, Thank you… all you see is Lil Wayne and Drake or songs they are featured in… then you see some Rick Ross(wakest artist to me) Quez I’m sorry to say but you should change this to Killer-r&b/pop music… I barely see Hopsin,Lupe,K.Lamar,Cole,Los, or Twista(He just dropped a mixtape and you had one song but all of Big Sean wack shit) you need to hire a new team…


  6. Oyeme on September 13th, 2012 9:05 am

    You can’t make hits like fresh buns.

    I disagree with 50 cent and Nelly.

    Nelly now has his latest hit ”just a dream’.
    50 cent has a lot of new songs,it’s not hits, he isnt died at all.

    We also can talk about eminem in that way,like his songs were awesome and nowadays they are not good at all.

    A lof ot old rapers don’t sing now,the have money :))
    I’ts just my opinion. :)


  7. sampz on September 13th, 2012 11:39 am

    This is terrible article. I think you should stop trying. Dr dre a legend he never stopped trying. We still hear his name music related today just because he aint dropped detox. We wouldn’t have eminem 50 cent snoop dogg if it wernt for him. Slap yourself.


  8. Doom on September 13th, 2012 12:05 pm

    The difference between 50 and them, and other rappers, is he gets incredibly lot of hate for things that other rappers aren’t.
    We could say hatin’ on him is like a “lifestyle” nowadays.


  9. Khilla on September 13th, 2012 2:10 pm

    Fuck 50…he is the wackest MC ever!! He had some good music but his shit is fake and he is FAKE!! Fuck Nelly and Mase too…they retarded as hell and WACK!! Dre on the other hand is a mastermind and he has alot of things going for him…so eat a dick!!


  10. HoodRiddance on September 13th, 2012 4:12 pm

    so.. rappers with weak lyrical content (not necessarily lyrical talent chill out) don’t last as long? cant say I hate that


  11. Zaree7214 on September 13th, 2012 5:04 pm

    the excitement for detox is long gone.


  12. IMSUPERCOLD on September 13th, 2012 5:28 pm

    well, i just hope that lil wayne get rich enough fast ,,
    or we can dominate for him XD,,,,


  13. benji on September 13th, 2012 6:11 pm

    excitement for detox long gone? no way.

    Eminem’s music now shit? no way.

    Dre, 50 and Nelly dead? no way.

    you all need to have a good think about what you are saying.


  14. B.J on September 14th, 2012 12:42 am

    “got rich and stopped trying” is the wrong phrase for most of these artist. its more like they just lost it. Not everyone is able to make classics after classics and hit after hit. its just the way it is so “got rich and stopped trying” is too harsh and one sided.


  15. Big Tookie on September 14th, 2012 1:28 am

    Fuck all yal niggas hating on Quez esp the royal piece of shit,if yal gotta problem why dont you start yo own hiphop site and write better articles instead of critisising other niggas.


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