Few things go together quite as perfectly as rappers and private jets. That said, there are plenty of questions that go with them. What kind of jets are they flying, and what kind of adventures do they get to go on while living the private jet life?
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On the one hand, you’d think this would be an easy article to write. Celebrities and private jets go together like peanut butter and jelly. The biggest and best rappers make bank big-time, making private jets seem like an inevitability.
On the other hand, that doesn’t mean we always know what kind of private jets they own, or if they own one or “just” charter them. Still, either way, the rappers on this list are closer to “owning a private jet” than we’ll ever be.
In cases where they do own them outright, rappers can live a life of luxury above the clouds. They can also live a life of drama, and some of the rappers on this list have had more than their fair share of private plane conundrums.
1. Dr. Dre
We start our list with a throwback – and prepare to see plenty of that, because private jets are expensive. Either you’re such a big star you make enough money to afford them, or you save over time as your star continues to rise. In Dr. Dre’s case, it’s a little of both.
What kind of private jet Dr. Dre cruises around in when he takes to the skies is anyone’s guess, but he’s definitely not shy about taking pictures in them. In September 2014, for example, he posed in a luxurious jet with none other than Gwen Stefani.
“No Doubt” able to afford a private jet herself if she really wanted to, Gwen was spotted in a private jet with Blake Shelton in March 2018 as they came back to Los Angeles from a week-long vacation in Oklahoma.
When you’re married to Her Highness Beyonce and own the Brooklyn Nets to boot, it’s safe to say you have enough money to ride around in a private jet. And oh yeah – Jay-Z kinda-sorta had a successful rap career, putting out some of the biggest hits of his era.
All of that means the King and Queen of the Rap and R&B World can afford a pretty nice private jet. Some people buy their hubby ties or fishing gear for Father’s Day, but Beyonce went all out in giving Jay-Z a personalized $40 million Bombardier Challenger 850.
This popular private jet has room for up to 16 people, measures 87 ft 10 in. long, has a wingspan of 69 ft 7 in., and is powered by 2 × General Electric CF34-3B1 turbofan engines, which can enable it to reach a top speed of 652 mph with a range of 3,000 mi.
3. P Diddy
Rappers are no strangers to drama, and that’s true of their private jet situations as well. P Diddy may be one of the most famous rappers of all-time, but it is his infamous private jet situation over the years that has sparked the interest of aviation and rap fans alike.
As far back as 2008, P Diddy was all too keen to humblebrag about his private jet status, stating that he definitely had one for “flying back and forth to LA pursuing my acting career.” (The struggle…) However, Diddy insisted that he needed to cut down on its usage.
The reason? Oil prices. Sure, Diddy may be a rapper, but even he feels the “pain at the pump” in this regard. According to Diddy, it cost over $200,000 per flight to jet to and from Los Angeles, hence his decision to “limit” his private jet journeys.
4. Bow Wow
This is another case of rap controversy arising out of a question of a rapper’s private jet status. Bow Wow definitely likes to talk a big game and post about his jet setting status on Instagram, but is he barking up the wrong tree?
Back in May 2017, Bow Wow posted a picture to Instagram claiming that he was about to jet off in a private jet. However, online detectives quickly figured out the singer was actually flying on a commercial flight instead.
Digging further, fans found that the picture posted by Bow Wow was actually from a Fort Lauderdale VIP service, chartered jets and all. Whether or not Bow Wow does own his own private jet, he’ll probably be more careful about what he posts about it in the future.
5. Cardi B
It’s safe to say there’s no female rapper in the world right now hotter than Cardi B. One of the most unapologetically outspoken entertainers in the world, Queen Cardi is also one of the richest female rappers on the planet, raking in a cool $24 million.
In 2019, Beat Afrika reported Cardi B arrived in Lagos in a $20 million private jet from VistaJet. While the model isn’t known, among the company’s private jet inventory are the Bombardier Global 5000, 6000, and 75000 and Bombardier Challenger 350, 605, and 850.
As for Cardi, she doesn’t always travel on a private jet, but when she does, she makes the most out of it. From showing off its luxurious interiors to posting twerking videos and other joking, relatable content, her jet has fit seamlessly into her pot-stirring pop queen persona.
No rapper is harder to pin down in terms of their private jet game than Eminem. On the one hand, he’s definitely flown on a lot of private jets before, but does that mean that he actually owns one himself?
Does he have enough money for one? That’s hard to say – and his personal finances are no one’s business but his own. Still, while the rapper has faced numerous legal and personal issues, he is still estimated to be worth a whopping $230 million.
As mentioned, he has definitely sent out private planes before. For example, in 2018 he sent a private plane to none other than Bebe Rexha so she could perform at Coachella (and of course arrive in style).
7. Snoop Dogg
Arguably the most iconic rapper of all-time, it only stands to reason that Snoop Dogg travels in style wherever he goes – and that includes the sky. It is safe to say that Snoop Dogg is another rapper who has flown on private jets – but does he own one?
Whether he does or not, the fact remains that Snoop has actually been spotted flying commercially plenty of times. He has long been one of the most iconic names in music and pop culture, but still hasn’t lost the common touch of flying on a commercial 747 like everyone else.
On the other hand, he’s still had his fair share of “Flying While Rich” experiences. For example, in 2015 he was stopped by Italian police, who were suspicious and searched his luggage – only to find he was carrying a massively expensive Louis Vuitton wardrobe worth $422,000.
8. Queen Latifah
A Queen has to travel in style, and Her Majesty Queen Latifa definitely does so with her private jet. The rapper is worth an estimated $70 million, which is well more than the amount of money she would need to afford a private jet.
That amount indicates that Queen Latifah’s personal wealth has grown over time. Just a few years ago, she was estimated to be worth “just” around $60 million. Still, that too would’ve been more than enough for her to fly like a queen in her own private jet.
However, it is still far less money than some of the higher-tier figures on this list. If Queen Latifah is still renting a private jet of her own, it’s anyone’s guess as to what kind of model she may be flying in. Still, it’s probably not Bombardier Challenger-level expensive.
Canada’s most famous rapper is also one of the richest Canadian entertainers this side of Celine Dion (who also boasts a pretty big private jet). As of 2020, Drake was worth an estimated $180 Million. When he flies, Drake takes to the skies in his own Boeing 767.
On the one hand, these are expensive even for someone of Drake’s enormous wealth, costing as much as $200 million. On the other hand, Drake is thought to have gotten his model used, with the rapper reported paying “only” about half that amount.
A 767 measures about 159 ft 2 in. long with a wingspan of 156 ft 1 in., can hold up to 290 passengers, has a maximum takeoff weight of 41,200 lbs, and is powered by 2 x General Electric CF6-80C2 engines, allowing it to reach top speeds of around 560 mph.
10. Wiz Khalifa
Let’s end with a rapper who knows all about living the high end high life – and getting high on private jets while he’s at it. Wiz Khalifa knows how to live life to his fullest, and has been spotted flying on private jets for years.
In 2012, Wiz Tweeted that he bought a jet – though whether he did or not is anyone’s guess. In 2014, he was arrested for marijuana possession in Texas, joking saying he’d still make it to his next event because “This is what [private] jets are for.”
In 2019, he flew with Air 7, a luxury chartered private jet company that has a fleet of different private jets, including the Gulfstream IV, Hawker 800XP, Beechcraft Premier RA-390, Beechcraft Premier 1A, and Learjet 60XR.