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Forbes lists the “World’s Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Acts” of 2018

Every year, we expose our fascination with celebrity when Forbes release their annual list of hip-hops highest earners.

The finance and business magazine always sparks the interesting topic of rapper’s pockets, accumulating info from a series of valid sources. These include Nielsen SoundScan, Pollstar, Songkick, Bandsintown, the RIAA and more.

Forbes also pull numbers from touring, record sales, streaming, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements, and other business ventures. This is all noted down, then confirmed or improved by interviews featuring managers, lawyers, executives and many of the artists themselves. However, they do state that management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted.

These earnings are measured from June 2017 to June 2018 and only identifies the highest 20. Some artists hold their place in the top 5, others may even surprise you due to their earnings and position. However, it would appear this is the most accurate estimation available.

In numerical order from 20 backward (some are tied) and listed in USD, check out the list below and comment your thoughts.

  • Swizz Beatz – $15 million
  • Russ – $15 million
  • Meek Mill – $15 million
  • Logic – $17m
  • Lil Wayne – $19 million
  • Lil Uzi Vert – $19.5m
  • Travis Scott – $21 million
  • Chance the Rapper – $21.5 million
  • Eminem – $23 million
  • Migos – $24.5 million
  • DJ Khaled – $27 million
  • Kanye West – $27.5 million
  • Future – $30 million
  • Pitbull – $32 million
  • Nas – $35 million
  • Dr. Dre – $35 million
  • J. Cole – $35.5 million
  • Drake – $47 million
  • Kendrick Lamar $58 million
  • Diddy $64 million
  • Jay-Z $76.5 million

 

Source: Forbes 


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