Diddy Tops List Of Highest Paid Hip-Hop Artists Once Again

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By Ryan Velez

EURWeb reports that Forbes has finally come out with its list of highest-paid hip-hop artists, and it’s official. Sean “Diddy” Combs continues his reign at No. 1. This is pretty ironic, when you take into consideration that he hasn’t actually made any music in the past year, while many of his other contemporaries on the list have. Diddy’s take is $130 million.

The bulk of the factors behind Diddy’s earnings are launching his Bad Boy Records reunion tour in 2016 — as well as selling a portion of his Sean Jean clothing company, which brought in an estimated $70 million.

“I’ve always understood that if I give the customers my best and service them differently, whether music, clothing or vodka, I’ll get a return on my hard work,” Combs said to Forbes. As a note, he also took the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ richest hip-hop artists of 2017 list earlier this year.

Second on the list is Drake, earning $94 million thanks to his Boy Meets World Tour, music releases (“Views,” “More Life”) and partnerships with technology companies Apple and Sprint and athletic wear brand Nike. Rounding out the top 5 are JAY-Z, Dr.Dre, and Chance The Rapper. Other notable people on the list are Nicki Minaj, the sole female artist in the group, and Lil Yachty, #20 and the youngest artist on the list.

With hip-hop and big business going hand in hand, it will be interesting to see exactly how this list changes next year, or whether we will see any new people on the scene.

The top 20 list is as follows:

  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. Swizz Beatz – $17 million

  15. Snoop Dogg – $16.5 million

  16. Nicki Minaj – $16 million

  17. Lil Wayne – $15.5 million

  18. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – $11.5 million (tie)

  19. Rick Ross – $11.5 million (tie)

  20. Lil Yachty – $11 million

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