Look, it’s part of the rapper persona to flaunt your wealth and brag about your benjis. But, the truth is, only a slim minority of hip-hop stars are actually bringing home big bank. Luckily, Forbes has released their list of top earning rappers — effectively putting the broke brothas on blast!
The list is titled “Hip-Hop Cash Kings” and many of the names that made the cut won’t be a surprise. According to Forbes: “The 10 highest-paid rap stars earned $405.5 million, easily besting the most prolific moneymakers in country ($304.5 million) and EDM ($260 million).” And while the top 10 killed it, the bottom 10 didn’t do too bad either.
Here are 11-20:
20. Swizz Beatz ($15 million tie)
20. Russ ($15 million tie)
20. Meek Mill ($15 million tie)
19. Logic ($17 million)
18. Lil Wayne ($19 million)
17. Lil Uzi Vert ($19.5 million)
16. Birdman ($20 million)
15. Travis Scott ($21 million)
14. Chance the Rapper ($21.5 million)
13. Eminem ($23 million)
12. Migos ($24.5 million)
11. DJ Khaled ($27 million)
Any surprises? Yes, yes there are. Although Lil Wayne spent the majority of the past few years embroiled in a beef with former father-figure and Cash Money CEO Birdman over missing money, the Young Money frontman still landed on the list with 19 milli. Not too bad, right? Also, even though Meek Mill spent the better part of this year battling legal issues, which resulted in cancelled show and halted recording sessions, the “Dreamchaser” rapper still raked in $15 million.
Now, a look at the top 10:
10. Kanye West ($27.5 million)
09. Future ($30 million)
08. Pitbull ($32 million)
06. Nas ($35 million tie)
06. Dr. Dre ($35 million tie)
05. J. Cole ($35.5 million)
04. Drake ($47 million)
03. Kendrick Lamar ($58 million)
02. Diddy ($64 million)
01. Jay-Z ($76.5 million)
Almost $50 million separates the top spot from #10, but, for the most part, these are the names that stay pretty consistent amongst the hip-hop heavyweights. Jay Z earning the #1 spot is no surprise, especially with the success of “Everything Is Love” and “4:44”. However, is it a surprise to you that Kanye isn’t higher? How about Kendrick besting Drake? Or, are you surprised that Diddy is still towards the top?
Let us know who you thought would make the list but didn’t — Rick Ross? Wiz Khalifa? Nicki Minaj? Post Malone? Cardi B?
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