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Here’s How Much It Cost to Snag a Feature From These Rappers!

Rappers always talk about how much they charge for a feature on their songs — but what’s the truth? Which rapper charges the most? Read to find out


Oct. 19 2023, Published 11:13 a.m. ET

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Rappers are no strangers to bragging about the stacks of cash they're making, and one way they do this is by revealing how much they charge for a feature on their songs.

In the world of hip-hop, this information can be as coveted as a golden ticket, but we're here to spill the beans on how much some of the top rappers are really charging for a feature.


Let's kick things off with the 6 God himself, Drizzy Drake, who is worth a staggering $250 million. The Canadian superstar is known for his melodic tunes and catchy verses. If you want Drake to feature on your track, you better be ready to shell out some serious dough. Rumor has it that Drake's feature fee can reach a staggering $1 million. But hey, having Champagne Papi on your song might just be worth every penny!


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Ye is known for his avant-garde approach to music, and his feature fees are no exception. If you want Yeezy on your song, be prepared to be able to impress him. According to sources, Ye only collaborates with people who impress him; in those instances, he doesn't charge. That is especially impressive especially since Kanye's sonic style, creativity, and influence make him a valuable addition to any track. He charges even more for performances, and the last we heard, the fee was a massive $8 million!

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Jay Z

If you're dreaming of having King Hova drop a verse on your track, you might think you'll need deep pockets, but it's actually more complicated. The rap mogul, with a career spanning decades and a two-billion-dollar net worth, doesn't charge. You read that right. While appearing on Kevin Hart's Hart To Heart series, he stated features happen as a result of "mostly relationships."

So, to get that Jay-Z feature, he has to actually know you in real life.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is the epitome of longevity, creativity and talent. Known for her extravagant personality and colorful rap style, the Young Money alum, worth $150 million, commands a feature fee of approximately $250,000 to $500,000. While discussing Nicki's "Holy Ground" feature in an interview with W Magazine, Davido said: "Nicki be charging people $500,000 for verses. And she did it for me for free."

She is the generous queen; ask Ms. Ellen!

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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is frequently hailed as one of the greatest lyricists of our time, so for anyone thinking of having K-Dot drop some bars on their song, it could cost a pretty penny! According to reports, Kendrick charges as much as $400,000 for his heavy-hitting bars to be featured on a song. One of his most famous featured songs is Maroon 5's "Don't Wanna Know."

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Travis Scott

Travis Scott, the king of "Sicko Mode," is a hot commodity in the rap world. His feature fee can range from $200,000 to $500,000. With his signature auto-tuned sound, there is no doubt that Travis can elevate any song and increase its replay value.

J Cole

In 2019, J. Cole made a surprising departure from his reputation as an artist who seldom joins forces with other musicians by delivering a series of noteworthy features. Interestingly, he slyly hinted at the cost of his verses during a collaboration with Young Thug on "The London." Instead of straightforwardly disclosing his fee, Cole opted for a more cryptic approach, rapping, "A verse from me is like eleven birds, just did the math, that's like two thousand dollars every word."

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