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Diddy, Drake, JAY-Z Top Forbes 2017 Highest Paid Hip Hop Artists List

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Yesterday, Forbes dropped its Highest Paid Hip Hop Artists list, tracking the top earners for 2017. While some names on the list are mainstaysDiddy, Drake and Dr. Dre among them—there were a few surprises.

Kendrick Lamar cracked the top 10 this go-around, hitting the #6 spot on the list with $30 million earned this year, spawned by the success of DAMN. and his massive touring schedule. In fact, the publication estimates that K. Dot is pulling in over $1 million per show.

Diddy was on top of the list again, with $134 million earned this year from his numerous ventures, including Ciroc and selling part of his Sean John line. Drake was at #2, earning a cool $94 million, while JAY-Z was at #3 and Dr. Dre was at #4 with $34.5 million. Chance the Rapper rounded out the top 5 with $33 million earned.

Also on the list were Nicki Minaj (#16 with $16 million) and Future at #10 with $23 million). Check out the list of the top 20 earners in hip-hop below.

20. Lil Yachty – $11M
18. Rick Ross (tie) – $11.5M
18. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – $11.5M
17. Lil Wayne – $15.5M
16. Nicki Minaj – $16M
15. Snoop Dogg – $16.5M
14. Swizz Beatz – $18M
13. J. Cole – $19M
12. Birdman – $20M
11. Kanye West – $22M
10. Future – $23M
9. DJ Khaled – $24M
8. Pitbull – $27M
7. Wiz Khalifa – $28M
6. Kendrick Lamar – $30M
5. Chance the Rapper – $33M
4. Dr. Dre – $34.5M
3. Jay-Z – $42M
2. Drake – $94M
1. Diddy – $130M


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