Dr. Dre And Nicki Minaj Impress On ‘Hip Hop Cash Kings’ List

Published: Wednesday 5th Sep 2012 by David

Though recent years have seen its mainstream popularity decline, Hip Hop remains an all too lucrative affair for its major players.

Indeed, with the likes of Jay Z, Dr. Dre and Nicki Minaj successfully turning their respective causes into a bankable brands, Forbes has listed their Top 15 Hip Hop Cash Kings.

This, listing the culture’s highest earners by totaling revenue generated in the last year.

Peep the interesting tally below…

1. Dr. Dre – $110 million
2. Diddy – $45 million
3. Jay-Z – $38 million
4. Kanye West – $35 million
5. Lil Wayne – $27 million
6 Drake – $20.5 million
7. Birdman – $20 million
8. Nicki Minaj – $15.5 million
9. Eminem – $15 million
10. Ludacris – $12 million
11. Pitbull – $9.5 million
12. Rick Ross – $9 million (tie)
12. Wiz Khalifa – $9 million (tie)
14. Snoop Dogg – $8.5 million
15. 50 Cent – $7.5 million
16. Swizz Beatz – $7 million (tie)
16. Pharrell – $7 million (tie)
16. Young Jeezy – $7 million (tie)
19. Mac Miller – $6.5 million
20. Akon – $6 million
20. Timbaland – $6 million
20. Tech N9ne – $6 million

Kudos to all listed.

Especially Ms.Minaj who comes in as the only female on the list and Dre whose recent endeavors will sure to see him enjoy similar placing next year.

The way we see it, despite some of the acts listed claiming the given figures are inaccurate, the tally is a firm reminder that one doesn’t have to score multiple #1 singles or enjoying record breaking sales figure to pull in the pesos… if they’re innovative in their approach.

But you tell us…

What do you make of the list?

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  1. CiMinaj September 5, 2012

    didn’t she make 6million last year… she more than doubled that… #Winning

    • nicko September 5, 2012

      Nicki tweeted that its an inaccurate number .. she actually earned even more !!! #TeamMinaj

    • GURL September 6, 2012

      I would let Dr Dre f*** me so hard, those hug muscles is turning me on.i want him to pop my p**** off with huge d***.

      • Sugamama September 6, 2012

        you nasty

      • truth(THEREALISTUBITCH) September 6, 2012


    • truth(THEREALISTUBITCH) September 6, 2012

      WINNING???!! THIS B**** IS A GIMMICK AND A FLOP YALL STUPID GOEZ!!! y all b**** just too much for me…i cant with yall steamed pressed s**** on this post. next time stop by the dry cleaners and clean yall p****! i’m off the post chile! WHORES!!!

    • opd2 September 8, 2012

      It,s 20.5 mill Drake and Nicki is tie saw the real numbers on her site and around the web,that,s why she tweeted that the number isn’t right when she saw 15.5 milli,and ruth(THEREALISTUBITCH) shot da f-ck up.before you,er hate gives you an heart attack,running up you,er blood pressure over Nicki Minaj money/millions….it,s clear that you are the one who is steamed press…you sad sad person.

  2. Let It Da Fuq Go! September 5, 2012

    The ONLY female on the list. Now you tell me who da fuq is winning!

    • FAF September 5, 2012


    • truth(THEREALISTUBITCH) September 6, 2012


  3. Xxx September 5, 2012

    Pitbull is on every goddamn Second song and still made under 10 Mil?

  4. @Cornell_Antwoin September 5, 2012


  5. Benron (King Of The Navy) September 5, 2012

    20. Tech N9ne – $6 million?


    Who the f*** is that?

    • truth tea September 6, 2012

      a sick rapper, you are obviously a pop f*****.

  6. Nahjee September 5, 2012

    Damn nicki Minaj congrats she is tha only female rapper that’s on my TV screen & radio.

    Iggy WHO.. Azealia banks WHO… Kreayflop WHO… Somebody needs to get these female rappers some help cuz I ain’t hearing s*** from there asses that even mainstream.

    • Luvly September 5, 2012

      You can’t even be happy for your fav without bringing other females in the mix. They’re new artist, so of course they won’t be on the list.

  7. RDK September 5, 2012

    Congratz Nicki,in my opinion i am always happy to see a sista doing her thing.

  8. Realest September 5, 2012

    Nicki Minaj posted on here twitter that this is inaccurate. @ROmanZolanski tweeted “Nicki Minaj the ONLY female on the Cash Kings List” and Nicki replied ” that’s inaccurate”.. So check your facts because even Nicki is NAY SAYING it. If you don’t believe me, check @RomanZolanski’s timeline on twitter and it will shut you up L____________________________ (seat) for the false “journalism”

    • opd2 September 8, 2012

      it was because Nicki and Drake tied with 20.5 million,i saw it around the web and on her site that what she meant,not the way you obviously thought thinking it was less.

  9. Dope or nope September 5, 2012

    I am proud of nicki and what she has done in her career from winning awards, to being a voice over for ice age, to her getting a pepsi deal and having that commercial play on my tv 24/7 til this day. OH! And we can’t forget about her shoe commercial that she has out…
    U can’t say that nicki is a flop & not winning cuz if you do U need to go see a doctor fast cuz something ain’t right.

    Nicki Minaj is sooooo DOPE!

    • Lisa September 5, 2012

      Nicki is trash and is only making money cause she got dumbass,brain-dead followers like you.

      • Jade September 5, 2012

        Jealous spacebar?

      • FAF September 5, 2012

        B****** STAY PRESSED…

  10. mobwife – don’t make me call my cousin Vinnie September 5, 2012

    Damn Dr. Dre….LOL 🙂

    Although the CHRONIC will forever be one of the most significant Rap CDs of all times, I can;t help but wonder why his past “ABUSE AGAINST A WOMAN” is not mentioned but the media and feminazi groups? Did he not literally beat and choke radio personality Denise Barns back in the day?

    And also, Jayz’s many offenses against women from disgusting lyrics “Sistahs and B!+ches” to beating ex-girldfriends Foxy Brown and Amil Lion. wonder why Oprah didn’t quiz him about his abuse against women?

    • Benron (King Of The Navy) September 5, 2012

      Because, he didn’t abuse a superstar.

  11. MC September 5, 2012

    Congrats to all!

  12. BLACK MADONNA September 5, 2012


    • Lala September 5, 2012

      I don’t see your girl Foxy Brown on this list either dumb b****.

      • opd2 September 8, 2012


    • Benron (King Of The Navy) September 5, 2012


      of wait that is just her impersonator.

    • Seriously September 5, 2012

      Lil’ Kim is actually somewhere minding her own business.. you can stay pressed though.

  13. Beyonce’s Bush September 5, 2012

    Love u Luda.

  14. Raven September 5, 2012

    It’s ashamed none of the real rappers like J.Cole,Kendrick Lamar,and Lupe Fiasco isn’t on the list.

    • Trev September 6, 2012

      they’re not business men…no one on this list solely makes music

  15. Keisha September 5, 2012

    All this wack ass rappers making money from dumbass fans.

    • FAF September 5, 2012

      U MAD BIGNOSE D***???

  16. bubblicous September 5, 2012

    dead @ rihanna making more than jay z *kanye shrugs*

    • OMJ September 6, 2012

      You are so Ignorant,Rihana isn’t getting quater of her own money,Jay-z the label and song writers is making more money off Rihanna than Rihanna her self,you need to get you,er knowledge up….Rihanna making more money than Jay-z you actually say,Lol what a f-cking d-mb @ss only thing that is coming out of Jay=z money up there is little tax that,s it all of that is going in is pocket, sigh ignorance is a bliss.

  17. Chachanana12 September 5, 2012

    Yeah but didn’t Rihanna go on some big tour with over 100 dates. So of course she would make more money.

  18. the real xoxo September 6, 2012

    YMCMB are gonna lose alot of money, the overshipments of the carter 4 and roman reloaded will come back to haunt them.

  19. trizzy trainwreck September 6, 2012

    Azealia banks is cumin 4 nicki’s spot!

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