Jay-Z Dethrones Diddy On Forbes List Of Highest Paid Hip-Hop Artists

Jay-Z Dethrones Diddy On Forbes List Of Highest Paid Hip-Hop Artists

attends the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Jay-Z on January 27, 2018 in New York City.

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According to Forbes, the top 10 in this year’s list of the highest-paid hip-hop artists made over $400 million.

The average earning this year is $44 million. Forbe’s list reports pretax annual income which is calculated from tours, record sales, streaming, merchandise sales, endorsements and other business moves.

Jay-Z came in at the top of the list with $76.5 million after his successful 4:44 album in 2017. Jay-Z and Beyoncé have also been underway on their joint “On the Run II” Tour which has already reportedly bring in nearly $200 million.

After being number 1 for the past three years, Diddy drops down to number 2 with $64 million. Diddy still earns millions from his beverage empire which includes Ciroc vodka, DeLeón tequila, and Aquahydrate alkaline water.


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Kendrick Lamar ranked number 3 with career-best $58 million after his successful “DAMN” tour. He also has deals with Nike and American Express.

Going down the list, Drake ranked 4th with $47 million. Some newbies in this year’s list include Astroworld rapper Travis Scott at number 14 with $21 million, number 17 Lil Uzi Vert making $19.5 million, and number 19 Logic making $17 million.

Nicki Minaj did not make the list year after not touring and new album Queen dropping in the summer.

Here’s the top 10:
1.     Jay-Z at $76.5 million
2.     Diddy at $64 million
3.     Kendrick Lamar at $58 million
4.     Drake at $47 million
5.     J. Cole at $35.5 million
6.     Dr. Dre at $35 million
7.     Nas at $35 million
8.     Pitbull at $32 million
9.     Future at $30 million
10.  Kanye West at $27.5 million
11.  DJ Khaled at $27 million

Notable Mentions:
17. Lil Uzi Vert at $19.5 million
19. Logic at $17 million
20. Meek Mill and Russ at $15 million

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