Young Money! The 7 Most Outrageous Signing Bonuses Given To New Rappers


cyuscavage / June 1, 2011

The Rapper: Papoose

The Price That Was Allegedly Paid: $1.5 million by Jive Records

Was He Worth It? Not a chance. Pap—who turned a co-sign from DJ Kay Slay and a string of solid freestyles into a deafening hype and a proclamation that he was the next artist to rep NYC—never really took off like anyone thought he would. In fact, he never had a hit single and never even came remotely close to releasing a major label album. Plus, he reportedly got to keep the signing bonus, even after Jive dropped him. So the 1.5 Million Dollar Man was definitely not worth every penny.