Jay-Z And Kanye West Rank As The Highest Paid Hip Hop Artists of 2021
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:
- Jay-Z ($470 million)
- Kanye West ($250 million)
- Diddy ($75 million)
- Drake ($50 million)
- Wiz Khalifa ($45 million)
- Travis Scott ($38 million)
- DJ Khaled ($35 million)
- Eminem ($28 million)
- J. Cole ($27 million)
- Birdman ($25 million, tie)
- Doja Cat ($25 million, tie)
- Tech N9ne ($25 million, tie)