Kanye West, with $150 million, is the ‘Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Star’ this year. Second in line is Jay-Z, at $81 million. The ‘Empire State of Mind’ singer has been the highest-paid Hip-Hop rapper for quite a few years now. He was at the top of that list last year, at $76.5 million while Kanye West was ranked at the tenth position, with $27.5 million.
The huge surge in West’s income can be chalked up to be due to his signature line of sneakers, the Adidas Yeezys. This partnership between Adidas and the rapper is reported to bring in $1.5 billion in sales by the end of 2019.
Third on the list was none other than Drake. The ‘God’s Plan’ singer earns $75 million a year. With Diddy, at the number three spot with $70 million. Followed by Travis Scott, with $58 million.
Within the list are only two female Hip-Hop stars, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. Coming in 12th in line with $29 million, is Nicki Minaj. Next in line at 13 is Cardi B with $28 million.
Other Hip-Hop artists on the list include Eminem, DJ Khaled, Childish Gambino, Future, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, and Pitbull.
One thing is for certain, writing and singing songs and raps don’t contribute to the overall profits of most of these artists.
Some honorable names that were on last year’s list were Logic, Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, and Chance the Rapper.
Cardi B, after going through the list took to twitter by posting:
Where do Forbes be getting they numbers from cause they way off ?🧐
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) September 19, 2019
Other listings by Forbes
A few days ago Forbes also released the list of Top paid actresses in 2019. I n the first position was none other than the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Actress, Scarlett Johansson with $56 million. Subsequently, second in line, is Sofia Vergara, with $44.1 million. Coming in third was Reese Witherspoon with $35 million. Other well-known names within the list were Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, and Nicole Kidman.