Forbes Dropped Their Annual ‘Hip-Hop Cash Kings’ Highest Earners List For 2015



From Forbes

1. Diddy — $60 million
2. Jay Z — $56 million
3. Drake — $39.5 million
4. Dr. Dre — $33 million
5. Pharrell — $32 million
6. Eminem — $31 million
7. Kanye West — $22 million
8. Wiz Khalifa — $21.5 million
9. Nicki Minaj — $21 million
10. Birdman — $18 million
11. Pitbull — $17 million
12. Lil Wayne — $15 million
13. Kendrick Lamar — $12 million
14. J. Cole — $11 million
15. Snoop Dogg — $10 million
16. Rick Ross — $9 million
17. Tech N9ne — $8.5 million
18. Ludacris — $8 million
19. T.I. — $6 million
20. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — $5.5 million



That top five looks pretty much how you’d expect that to look, maybe minus Kanye of course. I guess that’s just what happens when you’re clothing line looks like it’s designing sweatshirts for Syrian refugees and selling them for $900 a pop. And how about Pitbull? I guess we’re still considering him a rapper? I mean $17 mil is nothing to scoff at, but these days Pit is more top 40 than anything else. That’s not me dogging Pitbull either. I’m not one of those try hards who think it’s cool to hate on Pit’s music, I actually really dig his stuff, especially when I’m trying to get my groove on in the bar, but the day Pitbull started screaming “DA” on those Bud Light commercials is probably the day any street cred he had left as a rapper got put out to pasture.

Hands down the most surprising entry on the list was Tech N9ne checking in at 17. To be completely honest, I kind of forgot Tech N9ne even existed and when I saw his name right there at 17 I felt basically the same exact way I felt when I checked the AP poll yesterday and saw Northwestern football sitting in the same spot. Gotta tip your cap to Tech, though. 132 shows a year makes your favorite rapper’s tour schedule look like a lazy weekend getaway.

How shitty do you have to feel if you’re Future or DJ Khaled? Future won 2015 with his ‘DS2’ and ‘What A Time To Be Alive’ and Khaled has engineered pretty much every major hit since like ’06 yet neither one of them could make the list. If I’m those dudes I have to tar and feather my management and PR teams for not getting me into the top 20 somehow. My hands are tied on this one.

Oh, and one more thing. Nik sliding in at no. 9 with $21 million is basically the final nail in Meek Mill’s coffin. I mean, everyone knew Nik was the bread winner in that relationship, but having an actual number to back that up just makes it that much worse for Meek seeing as he didn’t even sniff the top 20. Rough week for Philly. The Eagles are 0-2, Pope Frank is effectively shutting down the entire city and Meek Mill takes another L. Throw the damn towel!

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