Rapper Future performs during "On Big Party Tour" at FLA Live Arena
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Bag Secured: Breaking Down How Much Money Your Favorite Rappers Are Paid for a Show!

Touring and performing can be extremely lucrative for rappers. Here is how much some of your favorite MCs are being paid per show.


Jan. 2 2024, Published 10:21 p.m. ET

Being in the rap game has proven to be extremely lucrative for some of today’s biggest acts. The financial benefits of rapping have reached new heights, with a select few earning thousands to perform at music shows. But like most professions, working up to a big paycheck takes time.

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Lil Baby opened up about his journey to hip-hop glory, revealing that he started out doing shows for free.

“You’re not gonna make money off of every play,” he said during an appearance on 360 With Speedy. “Or, if you think that, you ain’t gonna be too successful. You got to know sometimes you not gonna make nothing.”

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Lil Baby performs during the "It's Only Us" tour at Smoothie King Center

Lil Baby is now one of the highest earning rappers in the game, joining others who can now charge a hefty fee for appearances. Here’s how much some of your favorite hottest MCs earn per show.

Lil Baby

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Lil Baby performs on stage at the adidas Basketball Anthony Edwards 'AE 1' Launch Event

During his interview with Speedy Morman, Lil Baby revealed that he was once paid $750 for a performance. Since then, the Atlanta-born rapper has become one of the biggest names in music. He has been nominated for eight GRAMMY Awards, winning his first at the 2022 ceremony. He also has a string of Top 10 hits and three No. 1 albums.

The “In A Minute” lyricist appeared on The Breakfast Club in 2020 and revealed that he made $400,000 per show at the time. As his fame increases, we can expect that number to go up.

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Kanye West

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Kanye West performs onstage during his "Jesus Is King" album and film experience at The Forum

Despite his controversial past, Kanye “Ye” West is still one of the highest-earning rappers around — according to Kanye himself.

After a blog suggested that the “Vultures” MC made $1 million per show, Ye rushed to correct the report.

“Please change this my performance fee is $8 million,” Ye said in messages allegedly sent on Instagram (via YzyUpdates). So, it looks like Ye earns a whopping $8 million per show.

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Cardi B

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Cardi B performs onstage during TikTok In The Mix at Sloan Park

Anyone looking to book Cardi B for a performance better be ready to fork over a lot of cash.

She was booked for a show during Miami Art Basel in 2022, which earned her a seven-figure paycheck. In a since-deleted tweet, the “Bongos” rapper revealed that she was paid $1 million for a 35-minute appearance.

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Moneybagg Yo

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Moneybagg Yo performs onstage during CMG Gangsta Art Tour

Moneybagg Yo is not afraid to brag about his success.

After Celebrity Net Worth reported that the “Wockesha” rapper was worth $4 million, the rapper disputed that claim and suggested that he was worth a lot more.

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“I made way more than that last year,” he told Speedy Morman. He went on to reveal that he got paid $200,000 for a show in 2022, and that has now become his standard booking fee – with a few exceptions.

“Everybody ain’t got the $200,000,” he said. “I ain’t going no less than $150,000. We’re going to make it happen.”

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Rapper Future performs during "On Big Party Tour" at FLA Live Arena

According to Future, he is the first trap rapper to make $1 million per show. The Atlanta rapper made the assertion on Twitter in 2022, writing, “How many trap niggas u kno can get [$1 million a] show?”

Future’s claim about his performance fee differs from the reported rate from one of his shows in 2015. TMZ obtained a copy of the rapper’s tour rider, which revealed that he made $150,000 for a 45-minute gig. It’s clear, the price has gone up.

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