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Is Your Favorite Rapper as Rich as He Says He Is?

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We all know rappers tell tall tales about a lot of things, from the alleged life of crime they lived before they made it big or what they would do if they saw the cops. (No one's going to shoot a cop for real. Come on.) And no subject is more popular to lie about than how much money they have.

Exaggerating one's wealth is a tradition in hip-hop. It's been going on for so many years that even when some rappers' real net worth has been exposed, they've passed their exaggeration off as nothing more than faux-empowerment, the embodiment of the old saying, "Fake it till you make it." But just how much are these rappers faking it? Bloomberg Business Week took it upon themselves to answer the question in the form of a chart.

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