The Top-Earning Hip-Hop Stars

September 8, 2016

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“Forbes” has put out its annual list of Hip-Hop’s Biggest Earners, and DIDDY came out on top yet again. Here’s the Top 20 . . . or 21, thanks to a tie at the end.

 

1.  Diddy, $62 million

 

2.  Jay Z, $53.5 million

 

3.  Dr. Dre, $41 million

 

4.  Drake, $38.5 million

 

5.  Wiz Khalifa, $24 million

 

6.  Nicki Minaj, $20.5 million

 

7.  Pitbull, $20 million

 

8.  Pharrell, $19.5 million

 

9.  Kendrick Lamar, $18.5 million

 

10.  Cash Money boss Birdman, $18 million

 

11.  Kanye West, $17.5 million

 

12.  DJ Khaled, $15 million

 

13.  A$AP Rocky, $14.5 million

 

14.  A three-way tie between J. Cole, Lil Wayne, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, all with $14 million.  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, counting as one, of course.

 

17.  Snoop Dogg, $12.5 million

 

18.  Eminem, $11 million

 

19.  Swizz Beatz, $10.5 million

 

20.  A tie between Ludacris and Rick Ross, both with $10 million.

The rappers who just missed making the list include:  Tech N9ne, Mac Miller, Logic, Fetty Wap, and T.I., and as usual, the estimates include pretax income from touring, music sales, streaming, publishing, merchandise, endorsements, and other side businesses.