Forbes has released a list of the five wealthiest hip-hop artists. The list should not come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings series.
Here's the breakdown:
- Diddy - $700 million
- Dr. Dre - $550 million
- Jay Z - $520 million
- Birdman - $160 million
- 50 Cent - $140 million
This is horrible news. Christ Bearer, a member of the Wu-Tang-affiliated rap group Northstar, allegedly attempted suicide by jumping off a balcony. He may have also dismembered himself, according to various news reports. TMZ claims that the rapper born Andre Johnson jumped off a balcony of his apartment and critically injured himself. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital.
The LA Weekly adds that LAPD responded to the residence in the 4500 block of Colfax Avenue around midnight where Bearer attempted suicide. Police also reported an unspecified medical emergency at the location.
Here's a video
of Black Knights members Rugged Monk and Crisis Tha Sharpshooter vaguely describing the incident.
Christ Bearer is part of the duo Northstar, which also includes Mek the Pharoah. Northstar was once part of a supergroup with fellow Wu affiliates Black Knights, collectively known as Northstar of the Black Knights. Northstar broke off and debuted in 2004 with Bobby Digital Presents Northstar, produced entirely by Wu-Tang founder The RZA. Their second album, West Coast Killa Beez, arrived in 2005.
Allow me to nerd out for a minute. Nas is my favorite rapper. Illmatic is my favorite hip-hop album. Illmatic turns 20 on April 19, which also happens to be Record Store Day. It sounds like it was released yesterday. I own 3 copies of Illmatic: the standard edition, the 10th anniversary platinum edition and a vinyl record I've never opened. That's how much I love Nas' first album.
Google Play just gave me a new excuse to look back at Illmatic. As anticipation mounts for the 20th anniversary edition of Illmatic, Google Play has released a fine feature to mark the occasion. The video features interviews with the likes of Tech N9ne, Schoolboy Q, Peter Rosenberg, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar. Lamar in particular credits Illmatic for inspiring his excellent debut, good kid, mAAd city. There's a cute quote from Nas who tells a story about hearing Sting describe Illmatic as a "jazz album."
Someone recently pointed out that my 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums list is missing those words that typically accompany lists. So I added words--4,546 of them to be exact. I also seized the opportunity to update the art and move a few things around. Take a gander at the revised version and see how your list compares to mine. Here it is: The 100 Greatest Rap Albums