Jay-Z and Diddy Are Officially the World’s Highest-Paid Rappers

Kanye wasn’t even close…

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Which rapper is the richest of them all? 

Jay-Z (born Shawn Carter) and Diddy (born Sean John Combs) have clinched the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on Forbes’ 2018 list of the world’s highest-paid hip-hop artists. 

Hov tops the list with an astounding $76.5 million haul that includes revenue generated from the release of 4:44 and a sold-out tour. His 2017-2018 income is a drop in the bucket compared to his estimated $900 million net worth. 

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Diddy made $12 million less than the Roc Nation founder, but his $65 million yield from business ventures including Ciroc vodka, DeLeon tequila and Aquahydrate alkaline water was still good enough for the runner-up spot.

Kendrick Lamar, Drake and J. Cole round out the top 5, each having earned $58 million, $47 million and $35.5 million, respectively. 

Forbes reports that Nas had the biggest financial year of his career thanks to investments in Silicon Valley cash cows and online media. The 44-year-old multi-platinum artist made the the list for the first time in a quarter-century with an impressive $35 million haul that puts him just behind Cole. 

Check out this year’s top ten highest-paid rappers below: 

10. Kanye West – $27.5 Million


9. Future – $30 Million


8. Pitbull – $32 Million


7. Nas – $35 Million (Tied With Dr. Dre) 


6. Dr Dre. – $35 Million (Tied With Nas)


5. J. Cole – $35.5 Million


4. Drake – $47 Million


3. Kendrick Lamar – $58 Million


2. Diddy – $64 Million


1. Jay-Z $76.5 Million