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Diddy Tops Forbes Highest Paid Hip-Hop Artists List

By Chidirim Ndeche 02 October 2017   |   1:43 am

Diddy did it again.

Once again, Sean “Diddy” Combs is hip-hop’s highest-paid act.

The American rapper and singer’s earnings and from Ciroc vodka, DeLeon tequila Aquahydrate water, his Bad Boy Reunion tour, and an estimated $70 million from his Sean John clothing line pushed him to the top of the Forbes highest paid artists 2017 list.

All his earnings amounted to a whopping $130 million pre-tax in the 12 months to June.

Next on the list is Drake, the most streamed artist of the past 2 years, whose Boy Meets World tour and deals with Apple, Sprite and Nike earned him an estimated $94 million.

Jay-Z ranks third with earnings of $42 million and, this summer, he signed a new pact with touring giant Live Nation that will pay him $200 million over the coming decade.

Others on the list include frequent names like Dr Dre and Birdman; the only female rapper, Nicki Minaj; and newcomers like Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar.

The top 20 this year earned a total of $619.5 million, up 38% from the previous year’s $448.5 million, thanks in large part to hip-hop’s dominance in the burgeoning world of streaming.

The top 10 highest earning hip-hop acts of 2017 are:

  1. Sean “Diddy” Combs – $130 million
  2. Drake – $94 million
  3. JAY-Z – $42 million
  4. Dr Dre – $34.5 million
  5. Chance the Rapper – $32 million
  6. Kendrick Lamar – $30 million
  7. Wiz Khalifa – $28 million
  8. Pitbull – $27 million
  9. DJ Khaled – $24 million
  10. Future – $23 million
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