Nicki Minaj, Drake, Jay Z & Diddy Make Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash Kings List

Published: Tuesday 22nd Sep 2015 by David

It’s been a good year for a number of Hip-Hop’s brightest stars.

After making major moves in their respective lanes with their respective business ventures the likes of Drake, Nicki Minaj (above) Jay Z & Diddy have seen their earnings place them on Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash Kings list this year.

How the list is formulated? Forbes bases it on “pretax income from touring, record sales, streaming, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other business ventures. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted. Earnings are calculated from June 2014 to June 2015 and based on data from Nielsen SoundScan, Pollstar, the RIAA and from interviews with managers, lawyers, executives and a handful of the artists themselves.”

Find out who came where after the leap…

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


Any surprises?

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  1. Geezus95 September 22, 2015

    Only rap b**** on the Forbes list.

    • Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans September 22, 2015

      Yep! And she’s the only one that can successfully get her singles to chart. Isn’t that funy? No wonder why she’s so well-known and respected.

    • Drive by Comments September 22, 2015

      I have questions why she gotta be a biitch? and is it really an accomplishment with no other fmc doing that samething? Had there been another fmc doing the samething and nicki came out on top than she’ll be doing somthing. meh. #SmokeNMirrors

      • Lil Kim thee ONLY QB September 22, 2015

        …….So you’re saying that Nicki’s female money isn’t the same as the rap male’s money? You tried to make a point and failed hun.

      • Geezus95 September 22, 2015

        ask her. It’s her lyrics. Lol

  2. Christina Aguilera September 22, 2015

    Where’s Chris Brown ????

    • RihYonce September 22, 2015


      • Christina Aguilera September 23, 2015

        Does pharel rap ?? Clown

  3. DIABETES UNBOTHERED September 22, 2015

    Jayz would be #1 if he didnt take such major loss on Tidal. And surprise dr Dre is so low on the list

  4. ratedxxx September 22, 2015

    How the f*** does diddy keeps making all that money?

    He’s worth more than the camel..

    His record label sucks..where is all that money coming from..

    • DIABETES UNBOTHERED September 22, 2015


    • #JACKIE September 22, 2015

      Diddy is a business man dumb ass

      • XX September 22, 2015

        He has his own t.v station,and he more than likely has a lot of money in stocks.

    • Rory September 23, 2015


  5. Queen Molly September 22, 2015

    Yas drake congratulations king.

  6. ratedxxx September 22, 2015

    Good for drake and wayne

    • Queen Molly September 22, 2015

      What about onika

      • ratedxxx September 22, 2015

        She’s on my nerves lately. .so her money means nothing to me

  7. Queen Molly September 22, 2015

    “Jayz would be #1 if he didnt take such major loss on Tidal. And surprise dr Dre is so low on the list”


    Tidal been ruining careers from the start #HiRihanna

  8. Rosie September 22, 2015

    ???? at Diddy. Is Revolt even doing any damage?And surprised Eminem is still so high while doing nothing.

  9. DIABETES UNBOTHERED September 22, 2015

    Good jcole so high up too but lol Where is MEEK MILLS? How he even got signed who signed him? Plays back to back*

  10. hmm September 22, 2015

    Look at pitbull lol he may not know how to rap but he sure knows how to get his coins

  11. shakira stan September 22, 2015

    So the attention seeking w**** is only at 9 ?

    • Arianator Barb September 22, 2015

      Same number of infected diicks you took last night

    • Arianator Barb September 22, 2015

      DEATH at shakira Stan calling anyone attention seeking

  12. Arianator Barb September 22, 2015

    She made more than Lil Kim worth #QueenofRap #RapGoddess

  13. Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans September 22, 2015

    Lol at Nicki making more than Birdman! Maybe that’s why he’s clinging to get revenge on her, Drake, and Wayne. Anyway, she needs to promote her new single if she really wants it to be a hit. It has potential to be her first Grammy win and Hot 100 #1…….but she MUST promote it or get a radio deal.

    • Arianator Barb September 22, 2015

      That’s what her and her team’s problem is, can’t promote properly and poor single choices.paid truffle butter absolute dust and could have easily gone top 10, maybe even top 5, if anaconda had been released first, it would’ve been number 1 for sure. She always does this but whatever, I still love her and her music

      • nicko September 22, 2015

        I agree. The single choices this era were horrible but she still got several plat/multi-plat hits so *shrugs*

      • Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans September 22, 2015

        You’re absolutely right! But I just feel that “T.D.G.” is THE RECORD that will take her career to new heights. It literally has massive crossover appeal, the s*** lyrics help too, and the beat will make the song an international major hit. This can be her first #1, but she MUST get that promo going like crazy, or if not…then she needs to beg for those streaming and radio deals. This is the song that can get the album to platinum. I swear that I believe it! Plus, did you see how WELL RECEIVED the song was from the audience at the VMAs? She had Miley shook as ever, and that’s why the culture vulture/appropriator was rolling her neck and seething…all while CONGRATULATONG her. Let’s see if any of Miley’s songs will be played on the radio from her new album.

  14. nicko September 22, 2015

    Yes @ Onika slaying once again ;). N congrats to Birdman, Drake n Wayne. Lol @ jboring n kendrick selling all these albums but not being able to make more money than the YM GODS lol. I been told yall album sales aint s***. Look at lil kim.

  15. teeee September 22, 2015

    Wow kudos to onika, she is living her dream. How does beyonce make more than jay? Am not sure these rapper tell their real net worth.

    • Tyler Makiavelli September 22, 2015

      Beyonces currently the highest paid music artist

      • Jamon September 22, 2015

        Katy Perry made $135 Million and Jay Z made a couple million more then Beyonce, she made $53

  16. Weezy Tha G.O.A.T September 22, 2015

    Young Money still dominating. Congrats to all on their amazing fortune, and wow at Wiz I didn’t expect that.

  17. King Mark111 /.\ September 22, 2015

    So in all, BABY is #1. Cause you know those Cash Money artist aren’t getting paid. Don’t be fooled, Lil Wayne even said it himself, so what makes you think Drake and Nicki are? Anyway, shout out to Tech N9ne. Been inde for YEARS and making ALL his money.

    • nicko September 22, 2015

      Drake n Nicki obviously are making money, so is Wayne. The fact that Birdman owes them money doesnt mean that they arent paid. Dont be a naïve hater.

  18. King Mark111 /.\ September 22, 2015

    And I think the rules should be revised to money from MUSIC, because Diddy haven’t dropped any music nor artist in YEARS. I’m tired of seeing Once apon of time rappers on this list every year.

  19. #JACKIE September 22, 2015

    Why does Rihanna always make less than the main pop girls like Taylor, Bey, Katy and Justin Bieber?

    • King Mark111 /.\ September 22, 2015

      How come Ciara is never on the list?

      • #JACKIE September 22, 2015

        Ciara is not a main pop girl. She doesn’t run around bragging about her coins or the “powuh in ha name”, so yet again why isn’t Rihanna raking in the dough like Bey, Gaga, Katy, Miley, Pink and Taylor?

    • Oliva September 22, 2015

      The fact of the matter is, your flop fav is never on any list, unless it`s a nomination for T***** of the year, with her ugly @**. Fyi, you Ciara stans are an embarrassment, stanning for an ugly flop b*/##, but yet have the audacity to come for successful artist. You nasty bi#*! need to know your place.

      • #JACKIE September 22, 2015

        And still my question goes unanswered. I guess I will answer it myself: BECAUSE RIHANNA IS A COKED OUT LABEL PUPPET WITH NO BUSINESS SAVY…. 😉

    • Oliva September 22, 2015

      Yet Ciara is baby mama #5, a pro athlete’s back board, hasn’t seen an album certification in YEARS, and is still holding her tours in elementary school cafeteria’s.

      Rihanna’s net worth= 150 mil
      Ciara’s net worth= 15 mil

      Know your place you dusty b/#*#.

  20. ratedxxx September 22, 2015


    Bish don’t try it….I like ciara..

    Stay in your fuking lane….

    • #JACKIE September 22, 2015

      Girl no ones afraid of your irrelevant ass. Go ahead and “drag” Ciara (and myself) while we cash those CHECKS! Bum b****…

  21. ratedxxx September 22, 2015

    I know diddy has all these businesses. ..

    But so does the camel…

    The camel is the face of black hip hop…

    I guess diddy invest his money more than the camel

  22. LIL’ KIM BIRTHED YO FAVES! September 22, 2015

    “Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted.”

    This means that an industry slave like Fraudnika will not be seeing the majority of that money. The bulk of that money will be going to the machine that she works for. She’ll be lucky if she sees 10% of that money. Meanwhile, the real Queen of Rap Lil’ Kim made $500,000 in Atlanta two weekends ago. And has no many other streams of income that don’t register on the Forbes list. Kim got that OLD MONEY!

  23. ratedxxx September 22, 2015

    I’m irrelevant and yet you felt the need to come for me first

    Obviously you feel some type of way about me..

    You basic birds irks my nerves coming for a bish that doesn’t give not one f***

  24. ratedxxx September 22, 2015

    Second why would I come for ciara if I like her.?

    It’s called common sense..use it sometimes than come for my irrelevant zero fukk giving A**

    You’re dismissed @Jackie slow a**

  25. September 22, 2015

    gratz to them.

  26. really September 22, 2015

    Where’s future? I thought he was f’n up commas lol isn’t he the hottest rapper out right now?? Poor future his ego and his fans boost him up knowing he’s basic

  27. THHM Drake September 24, 2015

    Congrats to Drake for coming up from nothing to being on this list. It must feel good to become so much after having so little. He will continue to be my role model of having that much ambition knowing where he had to get to.

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