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Top Ten Highest Grossing Hip Hop Artists of 2018

Forbes Top 10 Highest Grossing Hip Hop Artist of 2018


Kanye West photo: Facebook

#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.


Future Photo
Future photo: Facebook

#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.


Pitbull photo: Facebook

#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.


NAS photo: Facebook

#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.


Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre Photo: Facebook

#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.


J Cole
J Cole Photo: Facebook

#5 – J Cole: 35.5 Million

J. Cole’s newest album KOD topped the charts after it released in April 2018. With the release of his album, the rapper scored 2 billion streaming spins over the past 12 months.
His tour also gave him six figures per stop giving the rapper his total annual earnings total yet.
Drake photo: Facebook

#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.


Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar photo: Facebook

#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.


Diddy photo: Facebook

#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.



Jay Z
Jay Z Photo: Facebook

#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.


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