20 Hip-Hop Artists Who Earn the Highest

Apple recently bought out Beats, the company founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Lovine at $3 billion. While Dr. Dre is claimed to be the first hip-hop billionaire, a huge tax bill means that the dream is far from reality, but its well on the way. Meanwhile, he can keep this year’s hip-hop cash crown. Here is the full list of the highest paid hip-hop artists.

Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella

Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella

1. Dr. Dre: $620 million

Thanks to Apple’s Beats buyout, Dre had the highest yearly earnings total of any musician ever evaluated by FORBES. The $620 million sum is also more than the remaining 24 names on the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list—combined. Perhaps now the superproducer will have time to finally finish long-awaited album Detox.

Photo: Chelsea Lauren/WireImage

Photo: Chelsea Lauren/WireImage

 2. Jay Z: $60 million (tie)

Hov’s total is his highest since 2010, bolstered by a diverse list of ventures. There’s his growing Roc Nation empire; 68 concerts in our scoring period; his D’Ussé cognac; and his latest album, which was certified platinum before it was released due to an agreement with Samsung to buy 1 million copies. Read more: Empire State of Mind: How Jay Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office.


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