How much is the rapper Ray J worth?
William Ray Norwood Jr. is famously known by his stage name Ray J. He is an America-based singer, songwriter as well as a TV star and an actor.
Famous for being the brother of the actress Brandy Norwood and the cousin of the famous rapper Snoop Dogg, he too has successfully made his image in the industry.
Earning from his album releases, he has managed to garner the net worth value of over $6 Million.
Ray J was born William Ray Norwood to his parents Willie Norwood and Sonja Bates-Norwood. Born on January 17, 1981, in Mississippi, US, he is the brother of the famous actress- Brandy Norwood.
When he was still a kid, his family moved to California, USA and had since lived there. His career began soon after they moved.
When Ray was aged just 8, he started appearing in Tv commercials for various brands. He also auditioned for several roles in TV shows. Finally, in the year 1993, he got selected to play the foster son in the popular TV series of that time called- The Sinbad Show.
This was the start of his acting career. After debuting with the role of the foster son, he was again selected to portray the character of Dorian “D-Money” in the popular UPN series called- Moesha.
As a rapper
Following the footsteps of his famous first cousin, Snoop Dogg, he joined the hip-hop scene in 1995 when he got signed to the Elektra Records. Debuting with his album- Everything You Want, a 15-track album, he made a successful entry into the music world. His single- Let It Go peaked at number 25 on the US Billboards.
However, the records dropped him two years later in 1997. But that did not end his career. In 1998, he appeared on the soundtrack of the single- That’s Why I Lie by Doctor Dolittle.
He also started making music for commercials and demos for his sound record.
After a while of recording music for commercials, he again came back to the scene with- Another Day In Paradise which was a collaboration with Brandy. It became very successful making it to the Top Ten of Sweden, Germany, Belgium as well as UK and Austria. The song also became the lead single on the R&B/HipHop Tribute Urban Renewal. He then started working on his second studio album- This Ain’t A Game along with several other artists like- The Neptunes, Lil Kim, and Rodney Jerkins. The album released on June 26, 2001, peaking all over the Bill Board Charts once again.
Success with his album release followed with his other albums- Raydiation and All I Feel. He is currently working on his fifth album titles- Raydiation part 2. Nothing about the release date is confirmed or disclosed yet.
As a Tv Star
Starting from his early roles, he also has appeared in multiple Tv shows as well as commercials. His early roles include his roles in- Back Sash, The Sinbad Show, Moesha, as well as One on One. After his popularity had grown as an artist, he then guests starred in several TV shows like- For The Love Of Ray J, Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, A Day In The Life, Brandy, and Ray J: A Family Business, and Envy.
Recently in 2017, he has entered the Celebrity Big Brothers house to compete in it’s the nineteenth season.
|Name||William Ray Norwood Jr.|
|Date of birth||january 17, 1981|
|Birthplace||Mississippi, United States|
|Height||5’7″ (165 cm)|
|Profession||Rapper, TV Star, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer|
|Married||In A Relationship|
|Net Worth||$6 Million|
Dating and Lovelife
Among all of his ex-girlfriends the most controversial dating history of his include his relation with the TV star- Kim Kardashian. The couple dated for almost three years from 2003-2006 between which their sex-tape that they had made came to surface in public.
After breaking up with Kim, between the year 2006-2014 he dated several people including- Jen The Pen, Ananda Lewis, Connie Deveaux, Leila Depina, Monica Leon as well as Mary Cherry.
He finally found his perfect match in Princess Love, who used to be a stripper and now is a fashion designer. After dating since 2014, Ray J took the next step and proposed to her. The couple is currently engaged.
The infamous rapper is followed by his loyal fan base on the internet as well. Being quite popular, he currently has over a million followers on his Twitter and 985k followers on his Instagram.
Ray J earning from his albums and singles has also contributed to his net worth with his acting roles. Guest starring in multiple different shows, he has made his worth estimated to be around $6 Million. Along with these, he also has earned with sponsorships and brand endorsements.
Rumors and Controversy
Ray J and Kim Kardashian Sex Tape
While the couple dated back in 2003, the couple had allegedly made a porno film of themselves getting down and dirty. The couple had however not seen it being public in future as it was just fun and games for them then. In 2007, the home video was released to the public. Kardashian immediately sued the Vivid Entertainment who was responsible for the released video.
The lawsuit was later dropped for a settlement of $5 Million.