A member of The Diplomats, Juelz Santana emerged as a solo artist with his 2003 debut album, From Me to U. Hailing from New York City, he began to rap at the tender age of five. By the time he was in his early teens, he had started a music duo called Draft Pick with a few friends.
Then in the late 90’s, he became the fourth member of the hip hop group, The Diplomats. Since then, Santana has contributed to several of their projects, the most noteworthy title being that of their platinum-certified album, Diplomatic Immunity.
In 2003, Santana released his debut solo album, From Me to U, which successfully found its way onto the US record charts. As of 2017, he’s come out with two studio albums, six mix tapes, and over twenty different singles. Some of his hottest hits include There It Go (The Whistle Song), Clockwork, and Oh Yes.
Currently, the 35-year-old star has an estimated net worth of $9 million. What are his greatest sources of income? Where did most of that fortune come from? Let’s try to find out the answers to those questions below.
Juelz Santana’s Net Worth 2018 – $9 Million
How did Juelz Santana Make Her Money & Wealth?
Born on February 18, 1982 in New York City, New York, Juelz Santana (Real Name: LaRon Louis James) grew up in the Harlem neighbourhood of Manhattan. Exposed to music ever since he was a young child, he started to rap by the time he was five years old. By the time he was twelve, he had created a music duo called Draft Pick with a close friend.
Then in 1999, the teen landed a spot in the hip hop group, The Diplomats. A few years after getting together, they released their debut album titled, Diplomatic Immunity via Roc-a-Fella Records. The quartet’s first collaborative effort, the two-sided disc boasted several tracks on including Who I Am, Real Niggas, More Than Music, and Dipset Anthem, all of which featured Santana on vocals.
A few other titles that Santana had contributed to from the second disc include I Love You/Phone Skit 2, The First, Juelz the Great, DJ Enuff Freestyle, and I’m Ready. A breakthrough for the group, the album ended up entering the Billboard 200 at number 8 with over 92,000 first week sales. Praised by critics, it has since been hailed as one of the best classic albums of the last decade.
While the group hasn’t dropped any new albums since, they did go on to release a number of mix tapes including the Diplomats Volume 1, Diplomats Volume 2, Diplomats Volume 3, Diplomats Volume 4, and Diplomats Volume 5. After a ten-year long break, they returned to the limelight with their sixth mix tape, American Dream in 2015.
Obviously, Santana would have yielded a decent cut from his work with The Diplomats. Still, that doesn’t explain his $9 million fortune. What else contributed to his wealth?
Well for one thing, the rapper has also established himself as a solo artist. On August 19,2003, he delivered his first studio album, From Me to U under Def Jam, Diplomat, and Roc-A-Fella. Featuring the production of Jazze Pha, The Heatmakerz, Cam’ron, and Jim Jones, it came with twelve tracks including Wherever I Go, My Problem (Jealousy), One Day I Smile, Rain Drops, This is For My Homes, and Back Again.
A relative success, his debut solo album entered the Billboard 200 at number eight; within a week’s time, it had sold approximately 74,000 copies in the US. Later on, From Me to U also managed to reach number 3 on the Top R&B and Hip Hop Albums chart.
Still, it was his second album, What the Game’s Been Missing! that propelled him to fame. Released on November 22, 2005, over 160 songs were recorded for the project, although only 22 were used in the end. Among those that made the cut were: Rumble Young Man Rumble, Whatever U Wanna Call It, This is Me, I Am Crack, Kid is Back, and Good Times.
Shortly after its release in the US, the album entered the Billboard Top 200 at number 9, selling over 141,000 units in the first week. His first number one hit, it later also reached the top of the R&B and Hip Hop Albums chart. Santana’s first and only RIAA certified album (so far), What the Game’s Been Missing! has since sold over 500,000 copies across the country.
In addition to his albums, Santana has come out with half a dozen mix tapes over the past decade. On top of that, he’s also had the chance to collaborate with several other artists such as Jay-Z, Cameron, Chris Brown, LL Cool J, Sean Kingston, Jim Jones, and DJ Webster. Some of said tracks include It’s LL and Santana, Curious, There’s Nothin, Pop Champagne, and Dancin on Me.
But that’s not all, the rapper has even appeared in a handful of films! In 2005, he made his movie debut in Damon Dash’s State Property 2, where he co-starred alongside Beanie Sigel, Michael Bentt, N.O.R.E., and Cam’ron. From there, he joined Cam’ron in his direct-to-video film, Kills Season in 2006.
On television, he is currently also appearing in the seventh season of the reality series, Love & Hip Hop: New York.
Juelz Santana’s Personal Life and FAQ
Is Juelz Santana Married?
No, but he has been in a long term relationship with reality star Kimbella Vanderhee since 2009.
In the past, Santana had also dated rapper Remy Ma from 2004 to 2005.
Does Juelz Santana Have Any Children?
Yes, the rapper has three children. With his girlfriend Kimbella, he has a son named Juelz (b. 2010) and a daughter named Bella (b. 2012). From a previous relationship, he also has a son named LaRon (b. 2003).
Did Juelz Santana Go to College?
No, Juelz Santana did not go to college. Ever since his teens, he’s been focused on creating rap music.
Where Does Juelz Santana Live? Pictures of Juelz Santana’s House
Up until 2016, Santana was said to have been living in a 2,300 square foot apartment in New Jersey. Unfortunately, he ultimately lost it to foreclosure after failing to make payments for three years.
We do not have any pictures of Juelz Santana’s house to share at this time.
What Kind of Car Does Juelz Santana Drive?
Details on Juelz Santana’s vehicle is currently unavailable.
Juelz Santana’s Career Achievements
Putting his accomplishments with The Diplomats aside, Santana has enjoyed a fairly successful career as a solo music artist. To date, his greatest hit is that of What the Game’s Been Missing, which topped two charts and attained gold certification in the US.
So far, he’s received two Grammy Award nominations (shared with Cameron) and a Vibe Award nomination.
How much Did Juelz Santana Make Last Year?
Information on Juelz Santana’s 2016 income is unavailable at this time.