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Cash Kings 2012: Hip-Hop’s Highest Paid Artists — Shocklee Entertainment Universe ● The Future Frequency

Cash Kings 2012: Hip-Hop’s Highest Paid Artists

Forbes Magazine has compiled a list of the top earners in hip hop for their 2012 Cash Kings list. All together these top 20 entertainers earned a total of $415 million in the last year.

According to Forbes:

To compile the Cash Kings list, which charts pretax earnings for all living artists whose work is primarily classified as hip-hop or rap, we looked at income from touring, record sales, publishing, films, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted; earnings are tabulated from May 2011 to May 2012 and based on data from Pollstar, the Recording Industry Association of America and Nielsen SoundScan, and from interviews with numerous managers, lawyers, record executives and some of the artists themselves.

Love em or leave em, these cash kings and queen, have created a mini music economy. Or to put things in perspective, about half of MLB first baseman’s Albert Pujols contract with the Los Angeles Angels. Here’s the list:

#1
Dr. Dre
$110 million

#2
Diddy
$45 million

#3
Jay-Z
$38 million

#4
Kanye West
$35 million

#5
Lil Wayne
$27 million

#6
Drake
$20.5 million

#7
Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams
$20 million

#8
Nicki Minaj
$15.5 million

#9
Eminem
$15 million

#10
Ludacris
$12 million

#11
Pitbull
$9.5 million

#12
Rick Ross
$9 million [tie]

#12
Wiz Khalifa
$9 million [tie]

#14
Snoop Dogg
$8.5 million

#15
50 Cent
$7.5 million

#16
Swizz Beatz
$7 million [tie]

#16
Pharrell Williams
$7 million [tie]

#16
Young Jeezy
$7 million [tie]

#19
Mac Miller
$6.5 million

#20
Akon
$6 million [tie]

#20
Timbaland
$6 million [tie]

#20
Tech N9ne
$6 million [tie]

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