KENYE WEST BECOME THE HIGHEST PAID HIP HOP ART

KENYE WEST BECOME THE HIGHEST PAID HIP HOP

Posted:Fri 20 Sep 2019 11 09 30;

P>Yeezus rises to the top.



For the first time ever, Kanye West lands atop Forbes list of highest-paid hip-hop acts. The 42-year-old mogul earned a pre-tax income of $150 million over the past year, the majority of which comes from his Yeezy empire. The adidas partnership is expected to top $1.5 billion in sales this year—or about half of what Nikes Air Jordan pulls in.



West out-earned his Big Brother JAY-Z, who ranks second on this years list with $81 million. In addition to stakes in Armand de Brignac champagne and D USSÉ cognac, his On the Run II tour with Beyonce grossed over $250 million.


Drake, who amassed a fortune with his chart-topping album Scorpion and his Aubrey and the Three Migos Tour, rounds out the top three with $75 million, while Diddy takes the No. 4 spot ($70 million), thanks to his lucrative deal with Diageos Ciroc vodka.



Travis Scott comes in at No. 5 with $58 million, boosted by his sold-out Astroworld – Wish You Were Here Tour. He is followed by Eminem at No. 6 ($50 million).


The top 10 also includes DJ Khaled (No. 7, $40 million), Kendrick Lamar (No. 8, $38.5 million), Migos (No. 9, $36 million), and Childish Gambino (No. 10, $35 million).



The ladies are also holding it down. Nicki Minaj places No. 12 with $29 million, while Cardi B is on her heels at No. 13 with $28 million.


The top 20 acts in hip-hop earned a combined $860 million, up 33 percent from $648 million last year. The lowest bar for entry is $18 million, the highest it is ever been.

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FORBES HIGHEST-PAID HIP-HOP ACTS OF 2019


1. Kanye West – $150 million
2. Jay-Z – $81 million
3. Drake – $75 million
4. Diddy – $70 million
5. Travis Scott – $58 million
6. Eminem – $50 million
7. DJ Khaled – $40 million
8. Kendrick Lamar – $38.5 million
9. Migos – $36 million
10. Childish Gambino – $35 million
11. J. Cole – $31 million
12. Nicki Minaj – $29 million
13. Cardi B – $28 million
14. Swizz Beatz – $23 million
15. Meek Mill – $21 million
16. Birdman – $20 million
17. Future – $19.5 million
18. Nas – $19 million
19. Wiz Khalifa – $18.5 million
20. Pitbull – $18 million

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