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Jay-Z And Kanye West Rank As The Highest Paid Hip Hop Artists of 2021

The top 12 Forbes compiled list includes one female artist.

The highest-earning hip-hop artists for 2021 has been revealed with Jay-Z and Kanye West coming out on top.

A list compiled by Forbes editor Zack O’Malley Greenberg shows that Jay ranked No.1 with $470 million earnings for the year and Ye came in at No. 2 with $250 million, according to Variety.

Jay-Z’s total earnings bring his net worth to $1.5 billion after the rapper and entrepreneur sold portions of his Tidal streaming service and Armand de Brignac champagne. While most of Kanye’s earnings came from his Yeezy sneaker brand.

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Doja Cat also made the top 12 list for 2021 with $25 million in earnings after scoring major brand deals with Pepsi and Candy Crush.

Other artists to make the top 12 list include Wiz Khalifa who earned a total of $45 million after tapping into the cannabis industry, including his Khalifa Kush brand. The rapper also sold off some of his music publishing in April.

Eminem ($28 million) and Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman ($25 million) also made the list and can credit their decisions to make a profit off of their past music catalogs.

See the top 12 list of highest-earning hip hop artists below:

  1. Jay-Z ($470 million)
  2. Kanye West ($250 million)
  3. Diddy ($75 million)
  4. Drake ($50 million)
  5. Wiz Khalifa ($45 million)
  6. Travis Scott ($38 million)
  7. DJ Khaled ($35 million)
  8. Eminem ($28 million)
  9. J. Cole ($27 million)
  10. Birdman ($25 million, tie)
  11. Doja Cat ($25 million, tie)
  12. Tech N9ne ($25 million, tie)

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