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Forbes Name Kanye West 2019 Richest Artiste (See Top 20)

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Forbes has named American rapper and reality television Kanye West the highest-paid hip-hop act in the world, earning 150 million dollars in a year.

Kanye West edged out Jay-Z who earned 81 million dollars and Drake who made 71 million dollars, to stay at the top of the list.

JAY-Z has always been one of the top earners in hip-hop, but for the first time ever he has lost out to Kanye West, his former protégé.

The top ten consists entirely of male hip-hop artists, as Eminem, DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar, Migos, and Childish Gambino round out the rest of the list.

Coming in at the number 12 and 13 slots are female rappers Nicki Minaj and Cardi B.

Kanye West, a fashion designer, is expected to pull in over 1.5 billion in sales due to his latest partnership with Adidas.

See Top 20 list below:

1. Kanye West – $ 150 million

2. Jay-Z – $ 81 million

3. Drake – $ 75 million

4. Diddy – $ 70 million

5. Travis Scott – $ 58 million

6. Eminem – $ 50 million

7. DJ Khaled – $ 40 million

8. Kendrick Lamar – $ 38.5 million

9. Migos – $ 36 million

10. Childish Gambino – $ 35 million

11. J. Cole – $ 31 million

12. Nicki Minaj – $ 29 million

13. Cardi B – $ 28 million

14. Swizz Beatz – $ 23 million

15. Meek Mill – $ 21 million

16. Birdman – $ 20 million

17. Future – $ 19.5 million

18. Nas – $ 19 million

19. Wiz Khalifa – $ 18.5 million

20. Pitbull – $ 18 million



Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.