Forbes Reveals Highest-Paid Artists in Hip-Hop


Forbes Reveals Highest-Paid Artists in Hip-Hop

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Usually when Forbes reveals their list of highest-paid hip-hop artist, the names don’t come as much of a surprise. However, within the last year, the names and the rankings of the top five have changed quite a bit. Though Diddy continues to sit comfortably at the number one spot each year, the rest of the top five continue to play musical chairs.

Diddy, Jay Z, Drake, Dr. Dre and Pharrell hold the top five spots in Forbes’ latest Cash Kings list. With various investments in Ciroc, Revolt TV, Sean Jean clothing and Aquahydrate water, Diddy’s annual earnings remain plentiful. A joint tour with his wife Beyonce, Roc Nation and his investment Armand de Brignac champagne brought in enough earnings to land Jay Z at No. 2. Dr. Dre, another familiar name on the Forbes list somehow slips down to No. 4, a huge gap after having such a huge year in 2014 thanks to Apple’s $3 million Beats purchase.

The two newer names to the top five are Drake and Pharrell. Drake continues to change the way fans consume material, and because of that, he’s seem to have found the secret formula to growing his brand at an incredible rate. While Pharrell rounds out the top five thanks to his mega hit “Happy,” touring, clothing lines and his role on NBC’s The Voice.

View the top five below and check out the full breakdown of the list here.

1. Diddy—$60 million
2. Jay Z—$56 million
3. Drake—$39.5 million
4. Dr. Dre—$33 million
5. Pharrell—$32 million