While many have dreams of attaining stardom through a music career, DDG dished on a potentially more lucrative avenue to success: streaming and video creation!
The rapper, who got his start as a YouTube content creator and continues to upload on the platform, spoke on the subject through Twitter on Tuesday.
Seemingly without provocation, DDG dove into a comparison between what he earns as a rapper and what he makes through YouTube. Specifically, he shared that YouTubers and streamers “make more money than rappers,” and he went as far as to add that “it’s not even close.”
ngl.. youtubers/streamers make more money than rappers & it’s not even close
— DDG (@PontiacMadeDDG) December 6, 2022
Twitter Discusses DDG’s Proclamation
As is the case for situations like this, people swiftly began to chime in online. However, rather than tearing into DDG, many agreed with his statement.
No lies told..humbly tho https://t.co/GIJOnxPXhW
— HIM (@ArmoneyWarren) December 7, 2022
I’ve been saying this. When my friends in the industry started breaking shit down to me I questioned why anyone would even wanna be a rapper. Some people would have been better off just going to college and becoming a dentist or something. https://t.co/zdkGfEro2Y
— 🛸 (@brokeandcheap) December 7, 2022
Largely, the rationale was behind the fact that musicians are often indebted to their labels.
Duhh they don’t owe a label everything https://t.co/JIXMZZtrKM
— Ms.Clever_Tactics (@CleverTactixs) December 7, 2022
i believe it.. they don’t owe nobody, everybody owe them fr 😭😭 https://t.co/alxpN2oUyp
— Mo Sleaze 🖤 (@Bigmo72_) December 7, 2022
this is true cause most rappers don’t see all their own money most of it goes back into their music on top of them blowing it all to keep up appearances.
— kaykay 🍀 (@1cashkay) December 7, 2022
Fellow musician Cochise also agreed with DDG’s statement. In fact, the “Hatchback” artist even revealed that he’s been expressing similar sentiments “for years.”
I BEEN SAYING THIS FOR YEARS
— MR. PROFESSOR (@cochise) December 7, 2022
Various YouTubers and Twitch streamers jumped into the conversation as well, including Mr. Beast, KSI, and Stable Ronaldo.
— MrBeast (@MrBeast) December 7, 2022
YouTube/Streaming = most money
Music = most respect mainstream wise
Boxing = most respect online wise
— ksi (@KSI) December 7, 2022
youtubers/streamers connect way better with their audience imo then artists in terms of working with them and i think that leads to more $ / keeping up with daily trends/ideas
— FaZe Ronaldo (@StableRonaldo) December 6, 2022
In spite of the widespread agreement, it was also stated that the comparison is dependent on how poppin’ the rapper is.
Eh,I would say the top top tier rappers making more, but more than your average rapper, yeah
— 🥷🏻 (@Sorry4TheDs) December 6, 2022
I feel like bro wouldn’t be saying this if he saw success as a rapper. 🤷🏾♂️ https://t.co/mhShs9AKoi
— BIG DASHER 🦌🎄 (@waco_warren) December 7, 2022
— CBFW 🖕🏽❤️🔥 (@kisses4jha) December 7, 2022
I disagree, An established industry rapper makes more money then an established YouTuber
— Domo (@RIPMAMBA15OO) December 7, 2022
Others questioned why, if what he says is true, DDG would continue to pursue music when he could fully commit to YouTube instead. However, the answer was simple: “passion for it and another income.”
Passion for it and another income lol?
— Brandon Samuels (@BSHD_Unity) December 6, 2022
Not everything is thrived by money lol. He prolly just got a passion for it
— DIO (@aye_dio) December 7, 2022
He Said What He Said!
Despite what people may have to say, DDG doubled down on his comment with a follow-up tweet.
“I ain’t arguing wit no n***a I’m richer than.. lol you got it lol bro.”
i ain’t arguing wit no nigga i’m richer than.. lol you got it lil bro 😂
— DDG (@PontiacMadeDDG) December 7, 2022
Humorously, DDG also called on Mr. Beast to back him up and “drop a screenshot of [his] analytics page.”
Gon head back me up twin.. drop a screenshot of yo analytics page real quick 😂 https://t.co/PoJ8NQr8YC
— DDG (@PontiacMadeDDG) December 7, 2022
DDG Stays Stirring Up Conversation On Social Media
This situation comes on the heels of DDG becoming the talk of the Twitter timeline for sharing his “real voice”
DDG reveals his “REAL voice”… there ain’t no way 😭 pic.twitter.com/UaWDHqISaZ
— Rap Marathon (@RapMarathon_) November 24, 2022
What do you think about DDG’s statement about YouTubers and streamers bringing in more dough than rappers?