Roddy Ricch and Saweetie are among those on Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 Music Class of 2021, as selected by a panel of judges including Taylor Swift, Jill Scott and more.
Among the musicians, producers, executives and entrepreneurs selected, Roddy was highlighted for pulling in $20 million for his #1 debut album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, winning a Grammy, and his chart-topping hit, “The Box.”
The 22-year-old also has plans to invest in commercial real estate and teach financial literacy through a soon-to-launch foundation in his hometown in Compton, California. “I got a million things to do,” Roddy told Forbes. “Regardless of the industry, I just want to build a better life for my generation.”
Saweetie made the list for founding her ICY jewelry company, named after her 2019 EP. The 26-year-old rapper also landed her first BET Award nomination for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist this year and has collaborated with Dua Lipa, G-Eazy and Post Malone, among others.
Chicago rapper Polo G was credited for launching his label, Only Dreamers Achieve Records, in partnership with Columbia Records in September, along with other philanthropic efforts, including a February benefit concert for his AAU boys basketball team.
It’s also no surprise fellow Chicagoan G Herbo also made the list, after launching his mental health initiative, Swervin’ Through Stress, following the release of his 2020 album, PTSD. In an effort to help youth navigate their mental wellness, the initiative offers young Black adults 12 weeks of free therapy sessions.
Others on the annual Forbes list include Grammy-nominated rapper Lil Baby and London on Da Track, who produced Ricch’s “Die Young,” Saweetie’s “My Type,” and executive-produced Summer Walker‘s critically-acclaimed debut album, Over It.
By Rachel George
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