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Kanye West Tops Forbes’ 2019 Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Acts List

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Kanye West Tops Forbes’ 2019 Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Acts List

Kanye West takes the number one spot on Forbes highest-paid Hip Hop act in 2019 list!


Forbes has released its annual highest-paid Hip Hop act in 2019 and taking the number one spot this year is none other than Mr. Kanye West.

Related: Kanye Surpasses Drake on ‘Forbes’ 2019 Richest Rappers List

His success this year came mostly from his success with his shoe company Yeezy which is said to exceed $1.5 billion by the end of this year. With this additional boost in his profit, he has managed to bring in $150 million pretax over the past year helping him secure the number one spot the first time.

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

Following that beam of light, surely paid off in his case as he pulled in about half the revenue of the Nike Air Jordan line.

By taking the number one spot, he beat out celebs like Jay-Z who took the number two spot ($81 million), Drake at number three ($75 million), Diddy at number 4 ($70 million), and his bro Travis Scott at number 5 ($58 million).

Related: Kanye West Bounces Back From $53M Debt As Yeezy Becomes A $1B Empire

Take a look at the top 20 acts below and let us know what you think!

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)

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