Kanye West Tops List of Highest Paid Hip-Hop Acts | Billboard News

Kanye West Tops List of Highest Paid Hip-Hop Acts | Billboard News


There can only be one, and it looks like it’s now Ye. With his Yeezy brand expected to hit $1.5 billion in sales this year, Kanye West has surpassed Jay-Z to become ‘Forbes’ highest paid hip-hop act for the first time in his career. The Chicago native’s $150 million estimated income nearly doubles that of Jay, hip-hop’s first billionaire, who clocked in at a cool $81 million to claim the second spot. Unveiled on Thursday, the top 20 list for 2019 charted pre-tax income from June of 2018 to June of this year. It looks like Drake (with $75M), Diddy (with $70M), and ‘Forbes’ newcomer Travis Scott (with $58M) round out the rest of the top five. But hey, don’t count out the ladies! At No. 12 and 13 is Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, who raked in a reported $29 million and $28 million for the year, respectively. Everyone’s getting shmoney! To keep up with all of your favorite artists, including Ye, Hov, Drake, Diddy, Trav, Nicki, and Cardi, you already know, keep it locked on Billboard.com. Until next time, for Billboard News, it’s your girl Jordyn Rolling.

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