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Forbes: 2017 List Of Highest Paid Hip-Hop Artists

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Forbes magazine has reported its list of the 20 highest earners in the hip-hop music landscape, with 2017’s rankings featuring some new rising faces, but mostly a lot of older, familiar mainstays.

Topping the list once again this year was Sean “Diddy” Combs, who’s been in the game for over twenty years, forging a legacy that few have equaled, before or since. A big chunk of his $130 million in earnings have come through deals with Ciroc vodka and DeLeon tequila, both of which are very popular brands in the booze business. “I’ve always understood that if I give the customers my best and service them differently, whether music, clothing or vodka, I’ll get a return on my hard work,” he explained. Other income came from his Bad Boy Reunion Tour and selling off a chunk of his Sean John clothing line that was worth around $70 million, putting his pre-tax total head and shoulders above his competition.

Elsewhere on the list, young guns like Lil Yachty and Kendrick Lamar present a look to the future on a list that’s mostly full of tried-and-true commodities like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. See the entire list, in ascending order, below.

20. Lil Yachty – $11M
18. Rick Ross (tie) – $11.5M
18. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – $11.5M
17. Lil Wayne – $15.5M
16. Nicki Minaj – $16M
15. Snoop Dogg – $16.5M
14. Swizz Beatz – $18M
13. J. Cole – $19M
12. Birdman – $20M
11. Kanye West – $22M
10. Future – $23M
9. DJ Khaled – $24M
8. Pitbull – $27M
7. Wiz Khalifa – $28M
6. Kendrick Lamar – $30M
5. Chance the Rapper – $33M
4. Dr. Dre – $34.5M
3. Jay-Z – $42M
2. Drake – $94M
1. Diddy – $130M

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