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Diddy, Drake, JAY-Z Top Forbes List of Hip Hop’s Highest Paid Artists

Sean P. Diddy Combs speaks onstage at the 34th Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner at Marriot Marquis Times Square on September 27, 2017 in New York City.
Sean P. Diddy Combs speaks onstage at the 34th Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner at Marriot Marquis Times Square on September 27, 2017 in New York City.

*It’s that time again. Forbes has come out with its list of highest-paid hip-hop artists, and Sean “Diddy” Combs continues his reign at No. 1.

Diddy tops the list with $130 million, and although he hasn’t released any new music in the past year, he did launch his Bad Boy Records reunion tour in 2016 — as well as selling a portion of his Sean Jean clothing company, which brought in an estimated $70 million.

“I’ve always understood that if I give the customers my best and service them differently, whether music, clothing or vodka, I’ll get a return on my hard work,” Combs told Forbes. Diddy also took the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ richest hip-hop artists of 2017 list earlier this year.

Drake sits at No. 2, earning $94 million thanks to his Boy Meets World Tour, music releases (“Views,” “More Life”) and partnerships with technology companies Apple and Sprint and athletic wear brand Nike.

JAY-Z follows on the list with $42 million earned, followed by Dr. Dre with $34.5 million and Chance the Rapper at $33 million, rounding out the top 5.

Nicki Minaj represents the only female artist in the exclusive group, and Lil Yachty closes out the list as the youngest hip-hop artist on the list with $11.5 million.

Check out the list of the top 20 highest-paid artists below. View the full list here.

1. Diddy – $130 million
2. Drake – $94 million
3. JAY-Z – $42 million
4. Dr. Dre – $34.5 million
5. Chance the Rapper – $33 million
6. Kendrick Lamar – $30 million
7. Wiz Khalifa – $28 million
8. Pitbull – $27 million
9. DJ Khaled – $24 million
10. Future – $23 million
11. Kanye West – $22 million
12. Birdman – $20 million
13. J. Cole – $19 million
14. Swizz Beatz – $17 million
15. Snoop Dogg – $16.5 million
16. Nicki Minaj – $16 million
17. Lil Wayne – $15.5 million
18. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – $11.5 million (tie)
19. Rick Ross – $11.5 million (tie)
20. Lil Yachty – $11 million

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