Kanye West tops Jay-Z in Forbes highest paid hip hop acts 2019 list

Kanye West tops Jay-Z in Forbes highest paid hip hop acts 2019 list

A new cash king has been crowned, and it looks like he's gonna be around for a while with the amount of moola he is making. We're talking about US hip hop icon, Kanye West.

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American hip hop star, Kanye West has been named the Hip Hop’s cash king for the first time in his career.

According to Forbes.com, West’s brand Yeezy is expected to top $1.5 billlion in sales this year, boosting his pretax income to $150 million over the past year, making him hip hop’s cash king for the first time ever.

West also out-earned Jay-Z, who scooped second spot on this year’s list with $81 million. Drake, who is the most-streamed artist of any genre, rounded out the top three with $75 million.

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The top 20 acts in hip hop banked a total of $860 million, which increased by 33% from last year’s $648 million. The bar set for entry is $18 million, which is the highest it’s ever been.

The list comprises pretax income from June 2018 to June 2019 before deducting fees for agents, managers and lawyers. The figures are based on data from Nielsen Music, Pollstar, Bandsintown and interviews with experts, handlers and some of the stars too.

Forbes list of the World’s 20 Top-Earning Hip Hop Stars

20. Pitbull ($18 million)

19. Wiz Khalifa ($18.5 million)

18. Nas ($19 million)

17. Future ($19.5 million)

16. Birdman ($20 million)

15. Meek Mill ($21 million)

14. Swizz Beatz ($23 million)

13. Cardi B ($28 million)

12. Nicki Minaj ($29 million)

11. J. Cole ($31 million)

10. Childish Gambino ($35 million)

9. Migos ($36 million)

8. Kendrick Lamar ($38.5 million)

7. DJ Khaled ($40 million)

6. Eminem ($50 million)

5. Travis Scott ($58 million)

4. Diddy ($70 million)

3. Drake ($75 million)

2. Jay-Z ($81 million)

1. Kanye West ($150 million)

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Meanwhile, two days ago, Briefly.co.za reported that Kanye West gave DJ Khaled a personal pair of unreleased Adidas Yeezys right off his feet. Khaled is known for having one of the world's best sneakers collections so if the shoes won't fit, at least he has a cool addition.

DJ Khaled is known for his love for shoes - the man has one of the best sneakers collections in the world, according to footwearnews.

Recently, he added another special addition to that collection - a personal pair given to him by fellow superstar, Kanye West. Kanye took the unreleased Adidas Yeezys off his own feet, gave the pair to Khaled and walked away to his private jet in his socks.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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