Rapper-turned-mogul Dr. Dre proclaimed himself "the first billionaire in hip-hop" in a video making the viral rounds Friday morning, a reference no doubt to the news Thursday that Apple was close to buying fashion-first, high-end headphone maker Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion.
But Dre doesn't need new music to climb at least one chart. Should the Apple deal close -- The Times reported Thursday night that nothing would likely be finalized before next week and could still fall through -- the L.A. rap-producer pioneer would leap-frog Diddy on the Forbes list of hip-hop's richest artists.
Dre and his pals seem well-aware of this little fiscal factoid. In a video posted Thursday night by musician/actor Tyrese, the latter excitedly proclaims that "the Forbes list just changed." Dre, close behind, puts an exclamation point on Tyrese's statement by adding, "in a big way."
The boastful clip first materialized on Tyrese's Facebook, where it was removed, but has since found a home on YouTube. If you seek it out, be warned that there is some foul language.
Currently, the financial magazine Forbes has estimated Dre's worth at about $550 million, the No. 2 hip-hop entrepreneur behind Diddy's $700 million.