Nas is One of the Richest Rappers in the World
Nas is One of the Richest Rappers in the World
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For the First Time Ever Nas is One of the Richest Rappers on Forbes' Cash Kings List

Queens get the money

On Wednesday, September 12th, Forbes released their annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings for 2018. Like previous years, JAY-Z took the number one spot, netting $76 million, followed by Diddy, who took home $64 million. (This is according to Forbes' reporting, which has been disputed by some rappers in the past.)

However, there was a new name on the list: legendary rapper Nas. who took home $35 million. According to Forbes, Nas, who is 44, took home that number because Amazon bought the virtual doorbell company Ring for $1.1 billion. (When that story came out, it was reported that Nas made $40 million from that sale. Something Forbes is disputing.)

READ:Nas Set To Make Over $40 Million Thanks To Amazon

The publication said Nas also took in a good amount from touring, streaming, and his Hennessey endorsement. Forbes did a profile on the rapper. About his new entrepreneurial spirit, Nas said:

I was music guy for years, and then all of a sudden its like I hit an age I guess it was just the age, or just wisdom...Felt like nows the time.


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Here is the list of Forbes top 10 highest grossing rappers of 2018:

10. Kanye West ($27.5 million)

9. Future ($30 million)

8. Pitbull ($32 million)

6. Nas ($35 million, tie)

6. Dr. Dre ($35 million, tie)

5. J. Cole ($35.5 million)

4. Drake ($47 million)

3. Kendrick Lamar ($58 million)

2. Diddy ($64 million)

1. Jay-Z ($76.5 million)

Source: Forbes