Kanye West Beats JAY-Z, Drake & Eminem On Forbes’ 2019 Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Acts

2019-09-20T07:47:35+00:00September 20th, 2019|

New York, NY – Kanye West reigns supreme in the rap world according to Forbes as he was named the highest-paid Hip Hop act in 2019. Mr. West beat out frenemies JAY-Z and Drake, who entered in at the second and third spots, respectively.

Most of the Chi-town native’s income comes from his shoe company, Yeezy, which is expected to exceed over $1.5 billion by the end of 2019. The company helped raise pretax profit to $150 million over the past year, which gave him the number one spot on the list for the first time.

“There was a beam of light on the idea of me making athletic footwear,” West stated in an interview with Forbes.

The 21-time Grammy Award winner continued, “A paradigm shift. Like the Yeezy is desired as much as a Jordan.” Yeezy pulled in about half the revenue of the Nike Air Jordan line that originated in 1985.

Elsewhere on the list Diddy comes in at No. 4 with $70 million, Nicki Minaj appears at No. 12 with $29 million and Nas shows up at the 18th spot with $19 million.

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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