Forbes Top 10 Most Paid Rappers 2019

Forbes Top 10 Most Paid Rappers 2019. Forbes has once more dropped another one of their list which details who is wealthier than who.

A number of people are often confused at how Forbes obtain their results to finally conclude on who has more money. They made courtesy to explain what was considered to reach a conclusion on recent results.

The bar for entry is $18 million, the highest it’s ever been. Their numbers represent pretax income from June 2018 to June 2019 before deducting fees for agents, managers and lawyers; figures are based on data from Nielsen Music, Pollstar, Bandsintown and interviews with experts, handlers and some of the stars themselves.

The top artist who has long graced the list Kanye West was ranked the first as the wealthiest rapper. What made him reach the top position is the line with Adidas.

“There was a beam of light on the idea of me making athletic footwear,” West explained in an interview for the August cover of Forbes. “A paradigm shift. Like the Yeezy is desired as much as a Jordan.”

Kanye West’s pretax income raked up to $150 million over the past year, making him hip-hop’s cash king for the first time ever.

The second one is Jay-Z, who ranks second on this year’s list with $81 million. Drake came third as the most-streamed artist of any genre with $75 million.

Following up is P.Diddy at number 4 with $70 million raked from his lucrative deal with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka.

The fifth one is Eminen at $60 million followed by the Astroworld star Travis Scott who recently joined the list with $58 million from Astroworld – Wish You Were Here Tour.

Another one is the serial collaborator DJ Khaled at number 7 with $40 million annual haul from expanding his touring business while adding partnerships with Air Jordan and Luc Belaire.

The list goes on to mention the likes of Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar and Migos.

See Full 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)

Other artists such as Cardi B, Nicki Minaj and J.Cole didn’t quiet make the cut on the Top 10 but did make the list.

Aphelele Peyana

Aphelele Peyana is a seasoned journalist at SA Hip Hop Mag. You can contact her on

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