Diddy, Jay Z, Drake, Dr. Dre & Pharrell Williams Top Forbes’ 2015 Hip-Hop Cash …

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Diddy and Drake Are All About the Benjamins on Highest-Paid List of Hip-Hop Stars.

The rap mogul, who reverted back to his original “Puff Daddy” moniker ahead of his forthcoming album, earned $60 million over the past year, according to Forbes, securing his spot as this year’s hip-hop cash king. *Sean “Diddy” Combs sits atop Forbes’ list of the world’s highest paid stars in hip hop, edging out Jay Z and Drake on the 2015 “Hip Hop Cash Kings” tally, revealed Tuesday.Forbes attributes the lion’s share of Diddy’s money-pile to his Ciroc vodka, but also credits the TV network Revolt, his Sean John clothing line and the alkaline water brand Aquahydrate.

Like Diddy, Jay Z’s fortune is derived from a diverse array of sources, including his Roc Nation entertainment company, his string of concerts with Beyonce and his Armand de Brignac champagne brand that he purchased last year. With Revolt on television, Cîroc conquering clubs and bars, Sean John in Macy’s and those Danity Kane royalties still rolling in, there’s no surprise that he sits on a cash throne this year. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, Nicki Minaj is the only woman to crack the list (let alone the Top 10), coming in at #9 with $19 million from touring, and endorsements from Pepsi, OPI nail products, and Myx Moscato. Canadian rapper Drake, 28, came in at No. 3 with $39.5 million, the bulk of which came from touring, as well as high profile endorsements from Sprite and Nike.

The ranking is formulated by considering “pretax income from touring, record sales, streaming, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other business ventures” between June 2014 and June 2015. Forbes calculated its list using pre-tax income figures from factors such as record sales, touring, streaming and endorsements using data from Nielsen SoundScan, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and interviews with managers, lawyers and in some cases, the artists themselves. The good doctor Dre made more than your neighborhood physician with $33 million and Pharrell happily slides into the top 5 with $32 million, just barely besting Eminem who made only $1 million less. Still, sales from his latest album, along with the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” which he executive-produced, helped keep him on the list this year.

The pink princess was right on the heels of Wiz and Kanye West, seeing their names together makes me wonder how much Amber made this year, and my inner hip-hop fan rejoiced seeing Kendrick and J. There’s even a bit of wealth in the underground, Strange Music’s own Tech N9ne made a nice $8.5 million and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis raked in $5.5 million.

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