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Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Acts 2019: Kanye tops Jay-Z to claim crown


Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Acts 2019: Kanye tops Jay-Z to claim crown


JAY-Z has and always will be one of the top earners in hip-hop, but for the first time ever he’s lost out to his former protege Kanye West. In the 2019 edition of Forbes highest-paid acts in hip-hop, Kanye West has come out on top with $150 million pretax income. Jay, meanwhile, sits at No. 2 with $81 million.

Ye’s astronomical rise in earnings can be attributed to the success of Yeezy, his signature footwear collaboration with Adidas. Kanye sat at No. 10 on the 2018 list with $27.5 million, while Jay came in at No. 1 with $76.5 million. It’s a huge surge for Kanye, as his partnership with Adidas is expected to pull in over $1.5 billion in sales in 2019.

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Drake sits at the No. 3 spot on the list, bringing in an impressive $75 million. Diddy follows shortly behind at $70 million, while top-earner Ye’s pseudo-brother-in-law Travis Scott brought in $58 million. The top ten consists entirely of male hip-hop artists, as Eminem, DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar, Migos, and Childish Gambino round out the rest of the list.

Full List: The World’s 20 Top-Earning Hip-Hop Stars

  1. Pitbull ($18 million)

  2. Wiz Khalifa ($18.5 million)

  3. Nas ($19 million)

  4. Future ($19.5 million)

  5. Birdman ($20 million)

  6. Meek Mill ($21 million)

  7. Swizz Beatz ($23 million)

  8. Cardi B ($28 million)

  9. Nicki Minaj ($29 million)

  10. J. Cole ($31 million)

  11. Childish Gambino ($35 million)

  12. Migos ($36 million)

  13. Kendrick Lamar ($38.5 million)

  14. DJ Khaled ($40 million)

  15. Eminem ($50 million)

  16. Travis Scott ($58 million)

  17. Diddy ($70 million)

  18. Drake ($75 million)

  19. Jay-Z ($81 million)

  20. Kanye West ($150 million)

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