Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jay-z, Diddy & Kanye Top Forbes Cash Kings of 2011 Top Ten List, Nicki Minaj In Top 20

Info via and Forbes

Birdman: “If we ain’t number one now, we’ll be there soon.”Swizz Beatz: “I will be #1 next year.”Wiz Khalifa: “I’m one of them? That’s what’s up!”
Forbes has released their list of the top earning hip hop artists for 2011, and once again mogul Jay-Z snags the #1 spot for bringing in $37 million in the past twelve months. This is Jay’s 4th time in the last 5 years that he’s taken top billing.

Jay’s high earnings are attributed to his ongoing deal with Live Nation, high partnership with the New Jersey Nets and his 40/40 Club. Of course, profits from his label Roc Nation and his clothing line Rocawear are nothing to snub, either. Plus, his music continues to sell at astronomical figures, with his latest collaboration with Kanye West, ‘Watch The Throne,’ is predicted to bring in half a million sales, with it already taking the #1 spot in 23 countries on the iTunes charts.

While Jay sits pretty in the #1 spot on Forbes, Kanye comes in at #3 with $16 million, following P. Diddy who takes #2 at $35 million. The top ten includes Lil Wayne and Birdman who tie at #4; Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg who all share #6; Akon comes in at #9 while Ludacris closes out the top ten with $12 million.

Beyond the top ten, rappers Wiz Khalifa and Drake share the #11 spot at $11 million, while Nicki Minaj and Swizz Beatz tie at #15 with $6.5 million. Nicki is the first female rapper to ever make the Forbes Cash ‘Kings’ list.

Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings
1. Jay-Z: $37 million
2. Diddy: $35 million
3. Kanye West: $16 million
4. Lil Wayne: $15 million
4. Bryan "Birdman" Williams: $15 million
6. Eminem: $14 million
6. Snoop Dogg: $14 million
6. Dr. Dre: $14 million
9. Akon: $13 million
10. Ludacris: $12 million
11. Wiz Khalifa: $11 million
11. Drake: $11 million
13: Pharrell Williams: $10 million
14. Timbaland: $7 million
15. Swizz Beatz: $6.5 million
15. Nicki Minaj: $6.5 million
17. Rick Ross: $6 million
17. 50 Cent: $6 million
17. Pitbull: $6 million
20. T-Pain: $5 million
20. B.o.B: $5 million

Via Forbes

Zach O'Malley Greenberg's article in Forbes says
"Jay-Z and Kanye are hip-hop ambassadors," says Steve Stoute, chief of branding firm Translation and author of The Tanning of America. "They bring the art form around the world, and they've taken production and everything to the next level. Now they've got a chance to grow with their global audience."

What are your thoughts on Jay Z always being on top of the hip hop industry?

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