We've all heard the stories about artists making it big and then going broke, turning to reality TV shows and taking other desperate measure to replenish their lost money. However, there are a few music tycoons who found ways to turn a few hit songs into multi-million dollar machines by delving into fashion, cosmetics, technology and other industries.
There's no doubt hip-hop's major talents have big money in their wallets, but we don't always get to hear about their big hearts. Often cast in a showy light with the latest jewelry, foreign cars, clothes and eye candy by their side, their good deeds sometimes go unnoticed -- especially when arrests and beef are always grabbing headlines.
Hip-hop's biggest crews gathered for the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards, which aired on Tuesday (Oct. 15) night. The event, hosted by the Cali O.G. Snoop Lion -- a.k.a. Uncle Snoop -- is an annual celebration of the biggest and brightest stars in the rap game today and also tips a hat to the rappers of the past who have paved the way.
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