Kanye West Tops Forbes “Highest Paid in Hip Hop” List [Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, & More Featured]

Published: Thursday 19th Sep 2019 by Rashad

Kanye West may not be big on cracking smiles, but one peek at Forbes’ ‘Highest Paid in Hip Hop’ list should definitely give the hitmaker a reason to flash those pearly whites.

For the first time ever, the ‘Gold Digger’ creator – thanks to the gold mine he’s struck in music and fashion – finds himself atop the finance mag’s list of highest earners in the genre.  Leading a tally that mentions the likes of Drake, DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj, and many more, the 42-year-old raked in a whopping $150 million over the last year.

What’s more?  He’s set to see that figure increase by the time his earnings are tallied next year.  Until that time, look inside to see who joins him on the exclusive list:

Forbes:

“Yeezy is expected to top $1.5 billion in sales this year—or about half of what Nike’s Air Jordan pulls in—boosting West’s pretax income to $150 million over the past year and making him hip-hop’s cash king for the first time ever. Another career first: West out-earned Jay-Z, who ranks second on this year’s list with $81 million, buoyed by the tail end of his On The Run II tour with wife Beyoncé.”

 

20. Pitbull ($18 million)

19. Wiz Khalifa ($18.5 million)

18. Nas ($19 million)

17. Future ($19.5 million)

16. Birdman ($20 million)

15. Meek Mill ($21 million)

14. Swizz Beatz ($23 million)

13. Cardi B ($28 million)

12. Nicki Minaj ($29 million)

11. J. Cole ($31 million)

10. Childish Gambino ($35 million)

9. Migos ($36 million)

8. Kendrick Lamar ($38.5 million)

7. DJ Khaled ($40 million)

6. Eminem ($50 million)

5. Travis Scott ($58 million)

4. Diddy ($70 million)

3. Drake ($75 million)

2. Jay-Z ($81 million)

1. Kanye West ($150 million)

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  1. 🍇 Jasmine’s Grape Juice 🍇 🍷 September 19, 2019

    Jigga is seething lol. Kanye is outshining him on Forbes for the first time. Lol

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    • Baker September 20, 2019

      You have to work and use the computer and internet, and if you can do that and dedicate some time each day then you can do this with no problem.
      I have been working with this for a month and have made over $2,000 already. let me know if you need more help.
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  2. Tyty September 19, 2019

    About time them yeezys started making him real cash probably why his stopped whining every single time recently.

  3. Dc September 19, 2019

    Fake list

    • ??? September 19, 2019

      Lmaooooo why, cuz Nicki still made more 💸 than payola stream rat dummi? Lmfaooooo 😂 😂😂 😂

  4. DIABETES UNBOTHERED September 19, 2019

    Drake is SO OVERRATED hes a Writter/producer/Actor/Artist anything but rapper

  5. DIABETES UNBOTHERED September 19, 2019

    *REVISED*
    Drake is SO OVERRATED hes a Singer/Writter/producer/Actor anything but Rapper.

  6. Clarkson September 19, 2019

    It pays to be a c***.

  7. Da’Veed September 19, 2019

    Jay made that because of the tai-end of the tour. He is not really doing anything. Congrats to Kanye. How does nicki gross higher than Cardi.

    • Da’Veed September 19, 2019

      ?

    • ??? September 19, 2019

      Lmaooooo because Nicki is QUEEN and dummi is a BUM ASS BYTCH that’s why lmfaooooo, you can’t make money with payola lmfaooooo 😂 😂😂 😂😂 😂

      • Clocked you September 19, 2019

        And her and Cardi and Beyoncé all have way more money than you’ll ever see

    • biancacook September 19, 2019

      nicki still has old music new music and a semi tour plus the millions of features she’s done and her queen show. plus photoshoots and deals like the fendi one.

  8. ??? September 19, 2019

    Lmfaooooo Queen Nicki still making more money than these bum ass tricks , dummi can’t relate, no checks from payola bishhh lmfaooooo 😂 😂😂 😂😂 😂

    • DIABETES UNBOTHERED September 19, 2019

      Grandma Nikki is on DECLINE regardless of retirement meanwhile Cardi (Much like Bey) is doing no more than getting bigger and bigger with TIME. That never to be seen Nikki Wax Figure will be of nikki sitting on the floor symbolic of Failure/Retirement.

  9. Adonis September 19, 2019

    Cardi is one million behind Nicki 😂 I love Cardi she hit the big time about 2 years ago and already almost atop the female rap game yaaas bish poor Nicki tho all that c** guzzling and to still be on same level as Cardi lol

    • Clocked you September 19, 2019

      And yet she has moons more than you could imagine. Also take note Cardi is wondering where Forbes gets their numbers cause she just posted that. Just because Forbes said so doesn’t mean it’s true. Yes they’re richer than you though. Now guzzle that

      • Adonis September 19, 2019

        Why u so upset

    • AnonymousTruth September 20, 2019

      But the drop is .. this is Cardi’s Prime …. and she doing the same numbers when Nicki is at her lowest.lol . Nicki has tbh probably had the worst financial year of her career ….and still 1upped Cardi so… not really poor Nicki 🤔

      Compare Cardi’s earnings to when Nicki was in HER first 2 years and I oop….

  10. xedos September 19, 2019

    Is not how much you make ,but how much you keep. Kanye makes more than Jay z, but Jay z is worth more than Kanye because of his assets which is real money

  11. Hess September 20, 2019

    You have to work and use the computer and internet, and if you can do that and dedicate some time each day then you can do this with no problem.
    I have been working with this for a month and have made over $2,000 already. let me know if you need more help.
    Read more <===

  12. Lou-Andrew Rodriguez September 20, 2019

    There’s no f****** way Cardi B is worth that much and so close to Nicki who’s been working her ass off for a decade! Nah that’s not right 🙁

    • Maxx September 21, 2019

      This is income from the past year only, not their whole net worth

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