Jay-Z Is The Richest Hip-Hop Artist

It ain’t no Hard Knock Life for Jay-Z! He may have 99 Problems (and a bitch ain’t one)…but neither is putting food on the table. . Brotha’s bring in that cash-money! He makes more money than any other rapper out there. How much? Last year, he brought in $63 million! The shitty deal for him is that because of his tax bracket, he’ll be shelling over approximately $22 million to Uncle Sam – man that’s gotta hurt! That is almost as much money as the runner up made, P Diddy who made $28 million. Kanye West went South, going from making the 3rd most last year to 10th at $12 million this year – perhaps because of his douche comments about Taylor Swift earlier this year. Pharrell made just a bit more than him this year, at ninth place. Drake raked it in at 11th.

To be on this list, artists have to make their primary earnings off of hip-hop or rap and it includes all record/digital sales, tours, TV shows, endorsements, movies, books, etc.

20. Jonathan “Lil Jon” Smith/Radric “Gucci Mane” Davis/William “Rick Ross” Roberts
18. DeAndre “Soulja Boy” Way/Faheem “T-Pain” Najm
17. Lonnie “Common” Lynn Jr.
16. Jay “Young Jeezy” Jenkins
14. Marshall “Eminem” Mathers/Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
13. Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean
12. Clifford “T.I.” Harris
11. Aubrey “Drake” Graham
10. Kanye West
9. Pharrell Williams
8. Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley
7. Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus
6. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges
5. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young
4. Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter
3. Aliuane “Akon” Thiam
2. Sean “Diddy” Combs
1. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter