Forbes Crowns Kanye West Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Act Of 2019



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Kanye West tops Forbes' Highest-paid hip-hop list for the first time in his career. 

The 42 year old mogul/philanthropist reportedly earned a pretax income of $150 million over the past year. His Yeezy sneaker brand is projected to top $1.5 billion in sales this year or about half of what Nike's Air Jordan pulls in. 



“There was a beam of light on the idea of me making athletic footwear,” West explained in an interview for the August cover of Forbes. “A paradigm shift. Like the Yeezy is desired as much as a Jordan.”

West's "Big Brother" Jay-Z comes in at No. 2 with $81 million. Drake, the most-streamed artist of any genre, rounds out the top three with $75 million.

Elsewhere on the list, Nas shows up at No. 18 with $19 million, Cardi B at No. 13 with $28 million, Nick Minaj at No. 12 with $29 million, while Diddy enters the list at No. 4 with $70 million. 

The bar for entry this year was set at $18 million, the highest it's ever been. 

"Our numbers represent pretax income from June 2018 to June 2019 before deducting fees for agents, managers and lawyers; figures are based on data from Nielsen Music, Pollstar, Bandsintown and interviews with experts, handlers and some of the stars themselves."

Check out the full list of Hip Hop’s 2019 Cash Kings & Queens below.

20. Pitbull ($18 million)
19. Wiz Khalifa ($18.5 million)
18. Nas ($19 million)
17. Future ($19.5 million)
16. Birdman ($20 million)
15. Meek Mill ($21 million)
14. Swizz Beatz ($23 million)
13. Cardi B ($28 million)
12. Nicki Minaj ($29 million)
11. J. Cole ($31 million)
10. Childish Gambino ($35 million)
9. Migos ($36 million)
8. Kendrick Lamar ($38.5 million)
7. DJ Khaled ($40 million)
6. Eminem ($50 million)
5. Travis Scott ($58 million)
4. Diddy ($70 million)
3. Drake ($75 million)
2. Jay-Z ($81 million)
1. Kanye West ($150 million)

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