Jay-Z Tops Forbes’ List Of 2018’s Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Artists

Jay-Z is doing his happy dance as the highest-paid hip-hop artist in the world.

Forbes released their annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings 2018 roundup and some familiar faces grace this year’s list of the rap game’s highest-earners.

Jay-Z returns the top spot with a staggering $76.5 million through ticket sales from his 2017 album 4:44 and subsequent tour, plus his joint-album with wife Beyonce Everything is Love and the On The Run II tour. Lest we forget the “99 Problems” rapper owns record label Roc Nation, streaming service Tidal, the 40/40 club and much more.

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Former king Sean “Diddy Combs” lands at number two with an impressive $64 million thanks to Ciroc vodka, DeLeon tequila and Aquahydrate alkaline water, among others.

Kendrick Lamar earned a career-best $58 million with sold-out shows all around the world headlining his solo gigs and Top Dawg Entertainment’s Championship Tour. Agreements with Nike and American Express are also lining the “HUMBLE.” rapper’s pockets.

New to the list is Jay-Z’s former rival Nas, who makes his debut on the Forbes list nearly 25 years after dropping his debut studio album Illmatic. The 44-year-old rapper forged a friendship with venture capitalist Ben Horowitz, leading to lucrative stakes in Lyft, Coinbase, Genius, Mass Appeal and a reported $1.1 billion sale of doorbell startup Ring to Amazon.

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“[Hip-hop artists] are always advancing technology–from one turntable to two turntables and a fader,” Nas said. “There wasn’t a time when [rappers] didn’t think about investing. It just so happens that the world is opening up.”

See the full top 10 below:

10. Kanye West ($27.5 million)
9. Future ($30 million)
8. Pitbull ($32 million)
6. Nas ($35 million)
6. Dr. Dre ($35 million)
5. J. Cole ($35.5 million)
4. Drake ($47 million)
3. Kendrick Lamar ($58 million)
2. Sean Combs ($64 million)
1. Jay-Z ($76.5 million)

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