A conversation that is often had amongst hip-hop aficionados is who’s dominating the game in revenue. Thankfully the good folks over at Forbes compiled their yearly “World’s Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Artists,” featuring the 20 wealthiest musicians and moguls in the game.
Leading the pack at No. 1 with a total revenue of $130-million in earnings is none other than Diddy. As you now Diddy has his own television network in RevoltTV, Ciroc Vodka, DeLeon Tequila, Aqua Hydrate, still has a roster of talent at Bad Boy, gets royalty checks on the regular, and has other business ventures. In addition Puff sold his SeanJean clothing for $70-million earlier this year.
At No. 2 is Drizzy Drake with $94-million American dollars (not Canadian). A big chunk of The 6 God’s income comes from his music sales, touring revenue, and having endorsement deals with Apple, Nike/Jordan Brand, and Sprite also help tremendously.This figure should increase substantially when his $200-million LiveNation deal goes through.
Jay-Z comes in at No. 3 with $42-million thanks to his Roc Nation label, TIDAL streaming service, Paper Planes clothing brand, Puma deal, and many other investments and business ventures.
Newcomers on this year’s list include Chance The Rapper at No. 5 with $33-million and Lil Yachty at No. 20 with $11-million. A notable name that didn’t make this year’s list is 50 Cent, who figures to be back on it once his STARZ and BET contract dollars come in.
Peep the complete Top 20 list below via Forbes.
Hip-Hop’s Top Earning Acts of 2017:
1. Diddy ($130 million)
2. Drake ($94 million)
3. Jay-Z ($42 million)
4. Dr. Dre ($34.5 million)
5. Chance The Rapper ($33 million)
6. Kendrick Lamar ($30 million)
7. Wiz Khalifa ($28 million)
8. Pitbull ($27 million)
9. DJ Khaled ($24 million)
10. Future ($23 million)
11. Kanye West ($22 million)
12. Birdman ($20 million)
13. J. Cole ($19 million)
14. Snoop Dogg ($16.5 million)
15. Nicki Minaj ($16 million)
16. Lil Wayne (15.5 million)
17. Swizz Beatz ($14 million)
18. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ($11.5 million)
18. Rick Ross ($11.5 million)
20. Lil Yachty ($11 Million)
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