Sunday, August 14, 2011

Forbes states the Richest Rappers

Forbes Hip-Hop Top Earners List 2011

Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter - $37million
Hip-hop’s reigning Cash King continues to reap the benefits of a 10-year $150 million Live Nation deal, as well as stakes in the New Jersey Nets, the 40/40 Club chain, ad firm Translation and others. This year marked the first time he out-earned wife Beyonce since their marriage in 2008. We also have to thank Watch the Throne for his #1 spot.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs - $35 million
Music now accounts for less than 20 per cent of earnings for the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy, thanks to big stakes in clothing lines Sean John and Enyce, record label Bad Boy and marketing firm Blue Flame. But it's his Ciroc vodka deal that led Forbes to estimate his net worth at $475 million this winter. #CIROCBOYS

Kanye West - $16 million
The self-proclaimed Louis Vuitton Don returns to the top three for the first time since 2009. His new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, hit stores in November, earned critical raves and quickly went platinum. His follow-up, Jay-Z collaboration Watch the Throne, debuted on August 8

Dwayne 'Lil Wayne' Carter - $15 million
The lyricist reportedly wrote his first song at age 8 and signed a record deal with Cash Money a year later. Today he's one of rap's richest, despite serving eight months in jail last year. His latest release, I Am Not A Human Being, made him the first artist since Tupac Shakur to have a No. 1 album while incarcerated.

Coming in at at #5 is Birdman, followed my Emienm, Dr.Dre, Snoop Dogg, Akon then Ludacris.

P.S. As much as I love MMG, you guys haven't made the list yet =(

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