Hip-hop artists are some of the most successful people in the entertainment industry, with some net worths even pushing a billion dollars. As a result, they have some of the coolest cars in the world. Their cars are widely documented and their car collections are posted all over the web.
Like any business, a few succeed more than others and a few succeed for a short time. The ending result is that rappers often lose cars that they couldn’t hold on to, and it happens quite often. With rap stars rising to the top, their fall to the bottom is even faster, forcing them to lose their rides.
However, the truly successful ones held onto their cars, proving their ability to survive in one of the most rugged music industries. They have the best cars in the world including models from Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini, and all the rest of the best brands.
Although it may be a short ride for some, it definitely looks like fun. These rappers generally face repossession of their cars and they are some of the most expensive cars in the world. In the end, it’s better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.
These cars prove the riches that can be made from the rap game, and their owners are some of the best to ever do it. This list highlights all of the biggest names in hip hop. Here are 10 rappers who had cool cars but lost them, and 15 who kept them.
Tyga is one of the new faces of the hip-hop generation and the young rapper has had his share of success and failures. With only a $3 million net worth, Tyga couldn’t keep his Ferrari 458 Italia. According to TMZ, the supercar was repossessed from Tyga while he was shopping with his girlfriend Kylie Jenner (for Bentleys, ironically). Tyga has always been losing his whips. Stories circled the internet of Tyga faced a repossession of his Maybach 62S. Additionally, Tyga missed payments on a Range Rover that lead to the attempted repo of his mother’s car.
Lil' Kim is one of the first female rappers and was part of Biggie’s crew. Her talents brought her riches, enough to buy the much coveted Bentley Continental GT. However, the success would be short-lived, as the money dried out. As of 2018, she was filing for being broke and fighting to keep her house, according to Page Six. Eventually, her financial troubles caught up to her as her 600-horsepower V12 Bentley was repossessed from her New Jersey home. Apparently, Lil Kim did not want to part with the car. According to reports, she refused to give up the keys to the repo men.
Bow Wow doesn't have a Lil’ to his name anymore. The former child rapper purchased himself a Lamborghini Murcielago after rising to fame in the mid-2000s. However, his success was not very lucrative, as his net worth currently stands at $1.5 million. Eventually, the Lambo was repossessed from Bow Wow as he failed to make payments. We wonder if it’s because he quit rap to work at Gamespot, which several sources including XXL have claimed. The repo assault didn’t end there and the bank slapped Bow Wow with a $25,000 bill for repossession costs. Bow Wow’s financial woes continued when his Ferrari was also repossessed.
Young Dro is a member of T.I’s record label and has a brief burst of fame resulting in a $500,000 net worth. The Maserati Quattroporte, though unique, may have been a bad choice for a purchase. According to TMZ, Young Dro missed the payment of his lease with Maserati and owed over $60,000—forcing the leasing company to repossess the car. This is not an average Maserati, as it costs over $130,000 and pushes out nearly 500 horsepower. It’s especially fast as it completes the 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 193 MPH.
Young Buck made headlines as 50 Cent’s sidekick during the mid-2000s and even copped a brand new 2002 BMW X5 during his run with G-Unit. However, the Tennesse-based rapper’s success would be short-lived and he couldn’t hang on to the BMW SUV. As Baller Status reports, Wells Fargo’s Tennessee Divison foreclosed on Buck’s BMW X5 in 2011 due to nonpayment. After G-Unit broke up and his fame boiled down, Young Buck fell $5,000 behind in payments on the BMW X5. With only $100,000 net worth, the $50,000 BMW X5 was too much for the former rapper to hang onto.
Diamond is a female rapper who had some success but she may have the most embarrassing story of losing a car. She was able to purchase a new-generation Chevy Camaro but a net worth of just $100,000 was not stable enough to hold onto the reborn Chevy legend. According to Hip Hop DX, Diamond’s Camaro was repossessed during a music video shoot with Young Money. According to internet rumors, Diamond was involved in a “creative financing” scam with a dealership, which led to losing the car she had purchased. The sketchy situation was even covered by local news networks.
Method Man has a net worth of $14 million, so it was odd when he couldn’t hang onto his $70,000 Lincoln Navigator. The humorous reason was reported by New York Daily News, who says Method Man stated he was too inebriated to pay his back taxes. Method Man described the experience saying “it was like on that TV show [Operation Repo]”. The Lincoln Navigator comes with many interior features but none that servive the cold steel of a repossession. The main issue was that Method Man owed over $50,000 in income taxes, which the IRS felt was worth the amount of the Navigator.
Rich the Kid may not be a household name but the rapper began his run in the game in 2018. He had sold enough records to cop the ultimate ride: a Maybach. Unfortunately, Rich the Kid couldn’t hang onto the respected luxury car after he faced the wrath of the repo man. Gossip Grind tells us that Rich the Kid was sued by the selling company after the rapper failed to make payments on the Maybach. Rich the Kid loves this car so much, he even made a song called “Maybach”. Understandably so, as the Maybach is a top-of-the-line luxury supercar.
The success of Jermaine Dupri was well0known by the early 2000s, especially with Jermaine flashing his cars in every music video. After accumulating a good amount of wealth, Jermaine purchased a Lamborghini Aventador. The Aventador is the captain of Lamborghinis with 729 horsepower and a 6.5-liter V12 engine. Jermaine later lost the Lamborghini to the bank after failing to make payments. To make matters worse, he was sued by the lender and, according to TMZ, had to pay about $80,000 to even out the loan—after the car had been repossessed.
The success of The Game was spreading through the mid-2000s. After a brief stint with 50 Cent, the rapper from Compton made it on his own and amassed $22 million in wealth. As a vehicle choice, The Game purchased a 600-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette for roughly $60,000. In 2011, the Corvette was repossessed from The Game in his home. The Game was allegedly unable to return the leased Chevy supercar because he was on tour, forcing the leasing company to repossess the car. The Game was quite bold during the repossession. TMZ reports he told them, “I have so many cars”.
Jay-Z is the king of hip hop and boasts a net worth of $900 million, so there’s no way he wouldn’t keep all his whips. He has a wide collection of cars, but the best of them is the Maybach Exelero. The Exelero is a Germany-made supercar that costs a whopping $8 million dollars. It comes with every interior feature imaginable and a V12 engine. The rap superstar was seen in the Exelero in a music video with Kanye West, according to High Snobiety. It’s a great car to show off considering it has 691 horsepower and enough speed to boost its impeccable interior beyond limits.
50 Cent had a close call with going broke but apparently, the rapper has bounced back from his woes. During 50 Cent’s run at hip-hop fame, he collected a decent amount of supercars from all around the world. The one he is generally seen with is the Rolls-Royce Phantom and there may be a good reason for that. The Rolls-Royce Phantom is one of the best cars in the world. Not only is it luxurious beyond belief but it is also extremely fast for a super-luxury car. According to Emirates 247, 50 Cent bought the supercar for his 43rd birthday.
Lil Wayne is a master of lyrics and his skills extend to a taste in cars. The Bugatti Veyron is one of the fastest cars in the world. Not only is this supercar extremely fast, but it has top-of-the-line luxury features. The Veyron has an incredible 8.0-liter, 16-cylinder engine and some of the best automotive aerodynamics in the world. The most-wanted Veyron packs power beyond limits, with 1,200 horsepower and 1,100 pounds of torque. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Lil Wayne was the first rapper to purchase the Bugatti Veyron, a purchase which resulted from major success during the 2000s.
Drake is on top of the rap game right now and he has the rides to prove it. At the top of his collection is one of the greatest Lamborghinis of all-time, the Aventador. The Aventador is one of the fastest Lamborghinis, with a 6.5-liter V12 engine and enough horsepower to tour the Nurburgring in record-breaking times (729 horsepower, to be exact). As reported by Dupont Registry, the Lamborghini was custom ordered for Drake by a Toronto-based automotive agency. The former Degrassi actor could enjoy the quick bursts by the forever-elusive Aventador, which completes the 0-60 in 3 seconds.
Those his glory days are over, Snoop Dogg is far from splurging on high-class cars. He recently purchased the much-anticipated Tesla Model X and announced his purchase on social media. It may have been necessary as the Tesla Model X may be one of the best SUVs ever. One impressing spec that stands out with the Model X is its completely electric engine which gets around 230 miles on one charge, according to Car and Driver. In addition, Tesla includes some of the best technology in their vehicles. Snoop Dogg may be the past, but Tesla is definitely the future.
Kanye West may be a bit erratic at times but his car collection is far from a laughing matter. Since rapping about breaking his jaw, Kanye has racked up $160 million in the bank. The result is an impressive car collection. Most notably, his SLR McLaren Stirling Moss. The SLR Stirling Moss is one of the fastest luxury cars in the world, with a 0-60 time of 3.6 and over 600 horsepower. Kanye was seen rolling up to a charity event in this SLR according to Auto Blog. It must’ve been quite a showing, as the Stirling Moss is one of the most uniquely designed Mercedes of all time.
Although Eminem no longer holds the throne, his car collection is still respectable after the Detroit rapper collected $190 million during his legendary run in hip hop. One of his most respectable cars is the Ford GT, the pride of Ford. The GT is a legendary race car related to the ones that competed in the Le Mans races of the 60s, according to Forbes. The Ford supercar was brought back to life after a period of discontinuation and was greater than ever. Although it comes with a classic Ford V8 engine, it has the aerodynamical abilities to challenge other supercars in higher classes.
Dr. Dre is the second richest rapper of all time, behind Jay-Z, with a net worth of $850 million and he has had his share of nice cars. Perhaps his most prized automotive possession is his $280,000 Bentley Continental GT. According to Business Insider, Dre’s Bentley was a Christmas gift from Eminem in 2002. The star was seen recently driving in the 6.0-liter V12-powered Continental GT. The luxury supercar has upwards of 600 horsepower and completes the 0-60 in 3.6 seconds. This car is perfectly luxurious and fast enough for one of the most successful artists of all time.
The moderate success of the rapper turned actor Ludacris is well known and the rapper definitely has special taste in cars. Ludacris’ most unique car is a rare one: the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve. Car enthusiasts dug up this rare 2004 Chrysler supercar and even demanded that others “find Ludacris so he can tell us about it”. The ME Four-Twelve looks like a McLaren and has 4 superchargers on a V12 engine, according to Motor 1. This amazing car could keep up with the best thanks to a 0-60 mile time of 2.9 seconds and a 10.6-second quarter-mile.
T.I. is proud of his car collection. So proud, in fact, that he took a picture with his son next to his Bentley Mulsanne and posted it online. It's not a bad move, considering the Mulsanne is an over-the-top Bentley that costs over $300,000, according to Car and Driver. The Mulsanne is a step above the Continental GT, costing about $100,000 more while using the less powerful V8 engine. There is a good reason why. The Mulsanne is built strictly as a luxury vehicle, which provides passengers with an ultra-smooth ride. Much credit to T.I. for going with the Mulsanne but it was no problem with a $50 million net worth.
Master P is one of the richest rappers in the world, along with Jay-Z and Dr. Dre. The hip-hop producer and singer made a legit amount of money with No Limit Records. Master P clocks in on this list with a Rolls-Royce Ghost. The car came with 16 speakers and a twin subwoofer, and it even included a white interior. According to Car and Driver, the car is quite fast, as well, pushing itself with over 500 horsepower and a 0-60 speed of 4.8 seconds, making this a sensational luxury car to back it up on the road and on the track.
As the third wealthiest rapper of all time, P. Diddy shows off one of the best cars. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is a convertible Phantom that costs around $443,000. That's not a big deal for Diddy, as the long-time hip hop artist boasts a net worth of $820 million. The Phantom Drophead is a new edition to the supercar brand and it was created in 2007. This rare Rolls-Royce is extremely luxurious, with a 6.75-liter V12 engine and 453 horsepower on tap, as well. Cash Roadster reports that Rolls-Royce handmade the Phantom Drophead to Diddy’s custom needs.
As one of the most successful rappers of the new school, Wiz Khalifa had to keep it real with the next generation. And that’s exactly what he did when he purchased the Dodge Challenger SRT8. This is a humble purchase for the hip hop artist from Pittsburg, as he boasts a net worth of $45 million. Nevertheless, the Challenger SRT8 is beyond acceptable for any price range. The revitalized Challenger produces 470 horsepower with a legendary 6.4-liter V8 engine, according to Car and Driver. With that much power, Wiz had to feature the whip in one of his music videos.
Young Jeezy has been known to show off Lamborghinis in his music videos, so it came as no surprise when he purchased a Lamborghini Murcielago. During the time of the purchase, the Murcielago was a new version of the supercar from Italy that had swept the hearts of millions of fans. This revolutionized Lamborghini comes with a 6.5-liter V12 engine and has over 650 horsepower, according to Top Speed. The much-loved supercar completes the 0-60 in 3.4 seconds. Jeezy served himself well after boosting to stardom in the last 2000s, resulting in the purchase of one of the best cars that Lamborghini has ever produced.
Chris Brown is a better dancer than he is a rapper but the young star has definitely had his share of success in the music industry. Brown shows his respect for Detroit by purchasing a Dodge Viper GTS, whereas other rappers generally purchase cars from Europe. The Viper GTS has no problem keeping up with the fastest cars in the world thanks to its V10 engine that slams 645 horsepower to the wheels. According to Celebrity Cars Blog, Brown took the legendary supercar for a night on the town in Hollywood, where fans spotted a possible body kit on the car.
sources: topspeed.com; tmz.com; celebritycarsblog.com; caranddriver.com; celebritynetworth.com