Rap­pers love to gamble. This isn’t a new rev­el­a­tion by any means, but what may come as a sur­prise is just how many main­stream rap­pers are reg­u­lar play­ers. From Jay‑Z and 50 Cent to Young Thug and YC, these chart-top­ping artists have all been caught up in the excite­ment of dice games, poker matches, and high-stakes wagers. Some have even made their for­tunes through gambling win­nings. So, what is it about casino cul­ture that has these enter­tain­ers hooked? Read on to find out.

50 Cent

Rap­per and act­or 50 Cent is no stranger to the rap world. He’s known for his work with G‑Unit and his many solo albums. They include “Get Rich or Die Try­in’,” “The Mas­sacre,” and “Curtis.” He’s also had a highly pub­li­cized feud with anoth­er rap­per, Ja Rule. How­ever, 50 Cent is also known for his love of gambling and likes to place bets on sports.

50 Cent is just one of those rap­pers whose career is marked by con­tro­versy and excite­ment. So, it’s no won­der that he’s also a casino enthu­si­ast. His best work is behind him, but he’s still very act­ive in the gambling world. His flow is a bit like Mari, but his repu­ta­tion is much big­ger.

Jay Z

Jay Z is one of the most suc­cess­ful rap­pers of all time. He’s sold over 100 mil­lion records and has won 21 Grammy Awards. He’s also mar­ried to one of the most pop­u­lar celebrit­ies in the world, Bey­on­cé. Jay Z is a black­jack and poker fan. He likes high-stakes games and is known to be a very skilled play­er. He’s also been known to place bets on sports games.

Young Thug

Young Thug is a rap­per from Atlanta, Geor­gia. He’s known for his unique style of rap­ping and his many mix­tapes. He’s released sev­er­al albums, includ­ing “Barter 6” and “Beau­ti­ful Thug­ger Girls.” Young Thug is also known for his love of gambling. His favor­ite is craps, although he also likes poker.

If you want to live the baller life­style like Young Thug, you could con­sider play­ing some online casino games soon. There are so many dif­fer­ent games to try, so it’s all about find­ing a game you per­son­ally enjoy and want to keep play­ing.

In par­tic­u­lar, bac­car­at is a good choice if you like enter­tain­ing table games. How­ever, this game involves more skill than luck, although it’s easy to learn how to play. You can find bac­car­at in most casino ven­ues, but if you want to play bac­car­at online, you can do so on a huge num­ber of online casino sites, such as www.cafecasino.lv/casino/table-games/baccarat — but remem­ber to learn the rules first and how the game is played before you start bet­ting for real.


Nelly is a rap­per and act­or from St. Louis, Mis­souri. He’s known for his hits “Hot in Here” and “Dilemma.” He’s also appeared in films such as “The Longest Yard” and “Taxi.” Nelly is a big fan of gambling. He mostly plays in char­ity poker tour­na­ments, so it is not a massive pas­time for him. He is an old-school gang­ster-style rap­per with a per­son­al­ity to match. Hope­fully, he keeps rais­ing money with his tour­na­ments and char­ity games.


Diddy, also known as Sean Combs, is a rap­per, record pro­du­cer, and act­or from New York City. He’s known for his work with Bad Boy Records and his many solo albums. He’s also appeared in films such as “Get Him to the Greek” and “Monster’s Ball.” P. Diddy is a big fan of gambling. He’s been a fan of poker for a while, but he doesn’t enjoy los­ing very much. He plays with friends from the rap world, and it’s clear that it is a soci­able hobby for him.


Bird­man, also known as Bry­an Wil­li­ams, is a rap­per and record pro­du­cer from New Orleans, Louisi­ana. He’s the co-founder of Cash Money Records and has worked with Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj. He’s also released sev­er­al solo albums, includ­ing “Baby Huey” and “The Resur­rec­tion.”

This guy also likes a sports bet or two. His career is still going strong, and he has made some very wise invest­ments. He is anoth­er example of a rap­per who knows how to have a good time and make some memor­ies whilst he is at it.

Youth­ful Crim­in­al

Youth­ful Crim­in­al, also known as YC, is a rap­per from Atlanta, Geor­gia. He’s best known for his song “Racks.” He’s also released sev­er­al mix­tapes, includ­ing “No Hook” and “Life of a Mack.” YC uses a lot of ref­er­ences to gambling in his lyr­ics, so it is obvi­ous that he enjoys it him­self. His career will prob­ably nev­er reach the heights of some of the oth­er rap­pers on this list, but he is still a very suc­cess­ful artist.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.