As capricious as it is, the music industry has managed to turn everyday people into acclaimed celebrities. Rappers often brag in their songs about the financial difficulties they’ve experienced and how their status has catapulted far beyond their upbringing by making music. Some have even become legendary and highly respected in the genre, but there are a few who have moved away from massively successful rap careers for something else. And while it seemed like a huge risk, there is a special group of rappers who have essentially stopped making new music in pursuit of other industries to rack up similar or much higher levels of opulence.

Here are 10 rappers who ditched their mics for other careers in which they were equally or more successful.