Richest Dancehall Artists Alive! MAY 2016 [MUST SEE FACTS]

Readers have been asking who the richest persons in dancehall are for 2016.

We have the answer to that question.

All mainstream music genres have their own mega stars who are raking in millions every year. The likes of Jay-z, Diddy and 50 Cent comes to mind. Dancehall artists are making paper too.

Here is a list of the richest dancehall artists alive today.

10. Alkaline – US$600 Thousand

Alkaline-2016-JTOEarlan Bartley known under his stage name Alkaline is a popular rapper and dancehall musician who gained bigger recognition in 2014. Music brought him some considerable wealth. As of 2016, Alkaline’s total net worth is approximately $600 thousand. Let’s take a closer look on his success.

Alkaline was born on December 19th, 1993 in Kingston, Jamaica. He pursued an undergraduate degree in media and communication at the University of West Indies. However, his main passion was always music. Alkaline was writing his own songs since he was only 14 years old.

To distinguish himself he was the first artist who tattooed his eyeballs. Many experts warned that this medical procedure is very dangerous and may even cause blindness. Alkaline himself didn’t suffer from any adverse effects. Young Brooklyn rapper called Mace tried to emulate him and also got his eyeballs tattooed with black ink. Unfortunately, the ink caused him some complications in his right eye. He was on medication for two weeks and eventually recovered.

In 2014, Alkaline was picked for the title 21st Hapilos Breakout Artist Of The Year. This boosted his net worth and fame. We wished him similar luck in his future career.


9. Shabba Ranks – US$1 Million

Shabba-Ranx-JTOPopular Jamaican musician Shabba Ranks earned a small fortune thanks to his music. As of 2015, his total net worth is approximately $1 million. Golden years of his career were in 1990’s when he had a lucrative contract with Epic Records label. His personal life is also worth taking a closer look at.

Shabba was born 17 January 1966 in St. Ann, Jamaica. His real name is Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon. He became quite popular worldwide in 1980’s. His music has unique style. He combines reggae, rap, and dancehall genres. When he was signed by Epic Records in 1991, he published five studio album with them.

Some of his notable albums are Rough & Rugged, Best Baby Father, Golden Touch, and Get Up Stand Up. He took a long break in late 1990’s. Hiwever, Shabba Ranks made a limited comeback in 2007. Since 2013, he’s allegedly working on his new album. That’s sounds like a great news for all his fans.

Among his achievements, we should definitely mention that he won two Grammy Awards. He collaborated with several other artists, such as Busta Rhymes, Migos, and Akon. We wish him luck in his future career.

Popcaan – US$1 Million

Popcaan-2016-JTODancehall recording artist. Born on July 15, 1988 in Saint Thomas Parish, Jamaica. Popcaan’s net worth is estimated at 1 million dollars.

Sutherland grew up in Portmore, Jamaica. As young as seven years old, Andre trained himself as a vocalist and performer and Popcaan continued to follow his musical calling.

In 2007, Popcaan approached Vybz Kartel at a local jam called ‘My Scheme’ where Kartel recruited the young deejay to his Portmore Empire (music group), becoming both a producer and mentor.

8. Konshens – US$1.5 Million

Konshens-JTOGarfield Delano Spence, stage name Konshens, was born on January 11, 1985. His hits have included “Winner”, “Rasta Impostor”, “This Means Money”, “Good Girl Gone Bad”, “Gal Dem A Talk”, “Realest Song”, “Represent”, “Do Sumn” and “Forward”, “Gal a bubble”.

Konshens a top tier dancehall artist earned a small fortune thanks to his music. His total net worth is approximately $1.5 million.

His 2005 single “Pon Di Corner” was a major hit in Japan, and led to a month-long tour of the country and a Japan-only album release.

He made a guest appearance on Tarrus Riley’s Contagious album, deejaying on “Good Girl Gone Bad”, which was also released as a single.

He has a large fanbase in Guyana and Europe, where his “Gal Dem Talk” single was a major hit, and he performed at Guyana’s National Stadium in May 2011.

7. Buju Banton – US$ 2 Million

Just in case your wondering, the answer is yes, reggae/dancehall artist Buju Banton is rotten rich. Buju once use to be the richest reggae artist alive, but Banton suffer tremendous fall out from his beef with the gay community. Despite that fallout, Gargamel is still one of the biggest selling reggae artist today.

6. Bounty Killer – US$ 3 Million

Dancehall veteran Bounty Killer is regarded as the most influential artist in dancehall music today. Killer is responsible for the careers of some of dancehall top acts currently including Mavado, Busy Signal and controversial artist Vybz Kartel. Bounty has over the years acquired a net worth of around US$ 3 million putting him in the ranks of richest reggae/dancehall artists currently.

This list is compiled from data that were available to Jamaica TakeOut online and Offline. We strive to make sure the content we published is fully accurate but we cannot always guarantee this. Therefore, we assumed that the above content is accurate unless otherwise specified by the persons named above.

5. Beenie Man – US$ 4 Million

Beenie Man is rose to stardom in the early 1990ies and has since been rocking up the charts with his catalog of hits. The “Zim Zimmer” deejay has acquired a solid net worth over the years and can safely join the ranks of richest reggae/dancehall artists alive.

4. Vybz Kartel – US$ 5.5 Million


Vybz Kartel has accumulated his net worth from his performances from singing and songwriting, successful DJ career and his liquor line called Street Vybz Rum. He had also launch a cake soap and shoe line. Kartel was born in Kingston, Jamaica and began his music career while a teenager in 1993. His first single “Love Fat Woman” was released by One Heart, a label owned by Alvin Reid. Kartel owns labels Adidjahiem, Shortboss, Bigga Don Don and Valerie Records.

3. Mavado – US$7 Million

MavadoMavado is a Jamaican singer who has a net worth of $7 million. Mavado was born in Kingston, Jamaica in November 1981. His grandmother brought him to church to sing at a young age and Mavado was mentored by Bounty Killer at 15 years old. His debut studio album Gangsta for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks was released in 2007. Mavado’s second studio album Mr. Books…A Better Tomorrow was released in 2009. He has collaborated with artists such as Nicki Minaj, Future and Ace Hood, Lil’ Kim, Wyclef Jean, Laza Morgan, Junior Reid, Snoop Lion, and Iggy Azalea. Mavado was convicted of assault after a driving incident in 2012 and was fined $100 thousand.

2. Sean Paul – US$ 12 Million

Sean Paul is no doubt the most internationally successful dancehall artist to date. His 2004 album “Dutty Rock” sold 6 million copies worldwide, which pushed him into the mainstream of music. “Dutty Rock” won Sean Paul a grammy award and several other nominations. Paul also did collaborations with mega stars such as Beyonce Knowles, Rihanna, Keyshia Cole to name a few. There is no surprise that Sean Paul is on the list of richest Reggae stars of all time.

1. Shaggy – Net Worth US$22 Million

Shaggy 2001 album “Hot Shot” sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, making him one of music’s top selling artist. The mega sales propelled Shaggy to arguably become Reggae’s Richest artist of the current generation. “Hot Shot” peaked at number one on the Billboard charts in the US and UK, and was certified X6 platinum in the US alone. Despite the huge success of “Hot Shot” Shaggy never release another successful album today and he really doesn’t need to. These days Shaggy is more known for his charitable work in Jamaica, after he launched the Shaggy foundation, which is responsible for the annual Shaggy and Friends concert. All profits goes to the Bustamante Children Hospital in Jamaica.


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