Kanye Dethrones Jay Z as Highest Paid Rapper

With recent reports of Jay Z’s new billionaire status, you probably thought he was Hip Hop’s top earner.

On Thursday, Forbes published their annual list of the World’s 20 Top-Earning Hip-Hop Stars, and ranked Kanye, 41, as number 1.

The “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” rapper earned $150 million before taxes this past year, while JAY-Z, 49, made $81 million.

A large part of Kanye’s success is owed to his Adidas Yeezy sneaker line, according to the Magazine’s research.

Yeezy is expected to surpass $1.5 billion in sales this year. Forbes stated, “boosting West’s pretax income to $150 million this past year makes him hip-hop’s ‘Cash King’ for the first time.”

Forbes explained JAY-Z’s pre-tax income was gained from his On The Run II tour with wife, Beyoncé.

Coming in at number 3 on the list is Drake, 32, with $75 million — entirely from streaming, reports Forbes. His latest album, Scorpion, was also the most popular album of 2018, according to Billboard.

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