Forbes Unveils Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Acts of 2018


Another year has past and Forbes stays right on schedule to reveal this years highest paid hip hop acts. No surprise at the top of the list, as Jay-Z takes the #1 position earning $76.5 million due in part to his Everything Is Love joint album with his wife Beyonce and their dual headlining On The Run II, Roc Nation and Dusse liquor.

Diddy fills in the second position earning $64 million. Puff’s guap stints from his beverage empire that includes Ciroc vodka, DeLeon tequila and Aquahydrate alkaline water and his television network Revolt.

#3 is a bit of a surprise, the position is usually held by his mentor Dr. Dre, who is tied with J. Cole for the 5th position, Kendrick Lamar collects the bronze earning $58 million stinting from his DAMN solo tour and as headliner of TDE: The Championship Tour. The rest of the list is as follows.


The Forbes criteria:

“Our list tracks pretax annual income from touring, record sales, streaming, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other business ventures. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted. Earnings are calculated from June 2017 to June 2018 and based on data from Nielsen SoundScan, Pollstar, Songkick, Bandsintown, the RIAA and interviews with managers, lawyers, executives and many of the artists themselves.”

1. Jay-Z ($76.5 million)
2. Diddy ($64 million)
3. Kendrick Lamar ($58 million)
4. Drake ($47 million)
5. J. Cole ($35.5 million)
6. Dr. Dre ($35 million, tie)
6. Nas ($35 million, tie)
8. Pitbull ($32 million)
9. Future ($30 million)
10. Kanye West ($27.5 million)
11. DJ Khaled ($27 million)
12. Migos ($24.5 million)
13. Eminem ($23 million)
14. Chance the Rapper ($21.5 million)
15. Travis Scott ($21 million)
16. Birdman ($20 million)
17. Lil Uzi Vert ($19.5 million)
18. Lil Wayne ($19 million)
19. Logic ($17 million)
20. Meek Mill ($15 million)
20. Russ ($15 million)
20. Swizz Beatz ($15 million)