Businessweek graph calls out rappers for lying about their fortunes in songs

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Jay-Z's highly-anticipated (and overly commercial) latest offering, Magna Carta Holy Grail, features the song "Versus," on which Hova raps, "The truth in my verses, versus, your metaphors about what your net worth is.” The folks at Businessweek took the lyric as an opportunity to examine just how much rappers have been exaggerating their net worth.

Like Jay-Z, we’ve long been skeptical of just how wealthy some hip-hop stars claim to be, so we created a way to separate the truly rich from the loud-mouth lyricists.

Scroll over each bar in the chart below to compare specific lyrics with data from Forbes’s “Cash Kings of Hip Hop” and “Forbes Five” reports from the same year the given artist’s wealth-related rap song was released. You’re welcome, Hova.

The accompanying graph allows users to scroll over bars that demonstrate the difference between a rapper's fortune and the riches he or she claims to have in a song. By scrolling over the bars, users are treated to the lyric, the song title, the supposed worth of the rapper, and the rapper's actual earnings/net worth as reported by Forbes. Luda. Dre. Nicki Minaj. Lil Wayne. 50 Cent. All the major players are represented.

Be sure to thank the Businessweek folks for doing the Lord's work, you guys. [Businessweek]