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Stronger! Kanye West Tops Forbes “Highest Paid in Hip Hop”; Leads Jay-Z, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, & More

Kanye West may not be big on cracking smiles, but one peek at Forbes’ ‘Highest Paid in Hip Hop’ list should definitely give the hitmaker a reason to flash those pearly whites.

For the first time ever, the ‘Gold Digger’ creator – thanks to the gold mine he’s struck in music and fashion – finds himself atop the finance mag’s list of highest earners in the genre.  Leading a tally that mentions the likes of Drake, DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj, and many more, the 42-year-old raked in a whopping $150 million over the last year.

What’s more?  He’s set to see that figure increase by the time his earnings are tallied next year.  Until that time, look inside to see who joins him on the exclusive list:


“Yeezy is expected to top $1.5 billion in sales this year—or about half of what Nike’s Air Jordan pulls in—boosting West’s pretax income to $150 million over the past year and making him hip-hop’s cash king for the first time ever. Another career first: West out-earned Jay-Z, who ranks second on this year’s list with $81 million, buoyed by the tail end of his On The Run II tour with wife Beyoncé.”

20. Pitbull ($18 million)

19. Wiz Khalifa ($18.5 million)

18. Nas ($19 million)

17. Future ($19.5 million)

16. Birdman ($20 million)

15. Meek Mill ($21 million)

14. Swizz Beatz ($23 million)

13. Cardi B ($28 million)

12. Nicki Minaj ($29 million)

11. J. Cole ($31 million)

10. Childish Gambino ($35 million)

9. Migos ($36 million)

8. Kendrick Lamar ($38.5 million)

7. DJ Khaled ($40 million)

6. Eminem ($50 million)

5. Travis Scott ($58 million)

4. Diddy ($70 million)

3. Drake ($75 million)

2. Jay-Z ($81 million)

1. Kanye West ($150 million)

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