Posted by , Sep 23, 2014 at 11:32am
Dr. Dre tops the highest-paid hip-hop artist list with $620 million in earnings.

Forbes unleashed their annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings list today, and although Diddy topped the 2013 list last year, he's been dethroned by Dr. Dre in a big way. Of course, most of us knew this was coming as Apple buying out Beats Electronics put a sizeable amount of cash in Dre's pocket.

The highest-paid hip-hop artists are broken down with an estimate of their earnings on this list. Dr. Dre is way ahead of the pack, with $620 million to his name ("the $620 million sum is also more than the remaining 24 names on the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list—combined," Forbes says). Jay Z and Diddy now tie for second place, each earning $60 million. Whereas last year we saw Nicki Minaj at #4, her spot has now been taken by another Young Money rapper, Drake, with $33 million. Nicki drops to #11 with $14 million earned. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis sky-rocket up the list to #5 with $32 million (for comparison, last year they clocked in at #15 with $9 million).

Forbes can provide you with a more descriptive break-down of the cash, but if you just want to see the numbers look below.

1. Dr. Dre – $620 million
2. Jay Z – $60 million 
2/3. Diddy – $60 million 
4. Drake – $33 million
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – $32 million
6. Kanye West – $30 million
7. Birdman – $24 million
8. Lil Wayne – $23 million
9. Pharrell Williams – $22 million
10. Eminem – $18 million
11. Nicki Minaj – $14 million
12. Wiz Khalifa – $13 million
13. Pitbull – $12 million
14. Snoop Dogg – $10 million
15. Kendrick Lamar – $9 million
16. Ludacris – $8 million
16. Tech N9ne – $8 million
16. Swizz Beatz – $8 million
16. 50 Cent – $8 million
20. Rick Ross – $7 million
20. J. Cole – $7 million
20. DJ Khaled – $7 million
20. Lil Jon – $7 million
20. Mac Miller – $7 million

Forbes Releases Hip-Hop Cash Kings List, Dr. Dre Tops List

Dr. Dre tops the highest-paid hip-hop artist list with $620 million in earnings.


Forbes unleashed their annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings list today, and although Diddy topped the 2013 list last year, he's been dethroned by Dr. Dre in a big way. Of course, most of us knew this was coming as Apple buying out Beats Electronics put a sizeable amount of cash in Dre's pocket.

The highest-paid hip-hop artists are broken down with an estimate of their earnings on this list. Dr. Dre is way ahead of the pack, with $620 million to his name ("the $620 million sum is also more than the remaining 24 names on the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list—combined," Forbes says). Jay Z and Diddy now tie for second place, each earning $60 million. Whereas last year we saw Nicki Minaj at #4, her spot has now been taken by another Young Money rapper, Drake, with $33 million. Nicki drops to #11 with $14 million earned. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis sky-rocket up the list to #5 with $32 million (for comparison, last year they clocked in at #15 with $9 million).

Forbes can provide you with a more descriptive break-down of the cash, but if you just want to see the numbers look below.

1. Dr. Dre – $620 million
2. Jay Z – $60 million 
2/3. Diddy – $60 million 
4. Drake – $33 million
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – $32 million
6. Kanye West – $30 million
7. Birdman – $24 million
8. Lil Wayne – $23 million
9. Pharrell Williams – $22 million
10. Eminem – $18 million
11. Nicki Minaj – $14 million
12. Wiz Khalifa – $13 million
13. Pitbull – $12 million
14. Snoop Dogg – $10 million
15. Kendrick Lamar – $9 million
16. Ludacris – $8 million
16. Tech N9ne – $8 million
16. Swizz Beatz – $8 million
16. 50 Cent – $8 million
20. Rick Ross – $7 million
20. J. Cole – $7 million
20. DJ Khaled – $7 million
20. Lil Jon – $7 million
20. Mac Miller – $7 million

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