Top Ten Highest Grossing Hip Hop Artists of 2018
Forbes Top 10 Highest Grossing Hip Hop Artist of 2018
#10 – Kanye West: 27.5 Million
Although Kanye West has been dealing with some controversies including the cancellation of his tour he continues to make money with his double-digit millions deal with Adidas.
#9 – Future: 30 Million
Future had more than 3 billion streams during the Forbes scoring period and he also has endorsement deals with Reebok and StubHub.
#8 – Pitbull: 32 Million
Pitbull who is also known as Mr. Worldwide is living up to his nickname as he makes six figures per stop on his tour.
#7 – NAS: 35 Million
Nas made bank due to his investment in Ring, the virtual doorbell company that Amazon bought for $1,1 billion earlier this year. He also collected through his touring, streaming and Hennessey endorsement.
#6 – Dr. Dre: 35 Million
Dr Dre is still collecting from his landmark deal with Apple and his large back catalogue. He is also working on a Marvin Gaye biopic and has reportedly secured the rights to use the legendary singer’s name.
#5 – J Cole: 35.5 Million
#4 – Drake: 47 Million
Drake is the world’s most consumed musician of any genre with 5 billion streams in the past year. The Canadian rapper will also be joining Migos on their Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour.
#3 – Kendrick Lamar: 58 Million
Kendrick Lamar made his highest earnings this past year from packing arenas on his solo tour and as the headliner TDE: The Championship Tour. He also has deals with Nike and American Express.
#2 – Diddy: 64 Million
After holding the top spot for three years in a row Diddy slipped to number two. The rapper has a beverage empire that includes Ciroc vodka, DeLeon tequila and Aquahydrate alkaline water. He also a record producer and an entrepreneur.
#1 – Jay Z: 76.5 Million
Jay-Z is a multi-faceted mogul that released an album called 4:44 in 2017 and in 2018 the rapper will be launching for the first time an album with his wife Beyoncé called Everything is Love. Jay-Z and Beyoncé will also be going on tour.