Diddy Tops Forbes' Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Artists List Three Years In A Row
Diddy tops Forbes’ highest paid hip-hop artist list for the third year in a row, beating out Drake, Jay-Z, and others for the top spot.
Earnings from brands Ciroc vodka, DeLeon tequila, and Aquahydrate water, as well as the revenue received from his Bad Boy Reunion Tour and selling a portion of his Sean John clothing line for an estimated $70 million, is why Diddy is still at the top of the list, coming in with $130 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,” Diddy told Forbes.
Following Diddy is Drake with $94 million, who earned most of his revenue from his successful Boy Meets World Tour, along with brand deals from Apple, Sprite, and Nike. Rounding out the top three is Jay-Z with $42 million, although that number is expected to increase thanks to a deal he signed with Live Nation that will give him $200 million over the coming decade. The list also includes rappers Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, and others.
Earlier this year Diddy was sued by a group of former Revolt TV employees who had accused him of reverse discrimination, citing that they were “discriminated against for not being young, hip, and black.” However, Diddy’s legal counsel dismissed the accusations, saying that “These claims are without merit and have previously been dismissed by the EEOC. Revolt Media and TV, LLC has always been committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.”
Check out Forbes’ highest paid hip-hop artist list below.
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