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Hip-Hop Artists Set Standards High: Forbes Announces Top 5 Earners


Forbes uncovered Hip-Hop’s wealthiest this week; P. Diddy (that’s his name now, right?), Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Bryan “Birdman” Williams and 50 Cent. When it comes to being an entertainer these days, these men have proven it’s smart to make the most out of every opportunity you’re thrown. You can live well by just doing the music end, but you can live lavishly if you can successfully take the business into your own hands.

And in a world where Hip-Hop culture gets a negative rap for its demeaning lyrics, “gangster” impressions, and other activities deemed by the law as taboo, it’s recognized by Forbes as a grand route to travel in terms of entrepreneurship.

5. 50 Cent: $110 Million


Back in 2007 50 Cent became the spokesperson for Vitaminwater which garnered him $100 million then. Years later he’s still reaping the benefits of that deal, along with his continuous record sales, touring, and clothing line. By this time next year, 50 could go up in the ranks thanks to his recent headphone deal with SMS and the energy shots, Street King.

4. Bryan “Birdman” Williams: $125 Million


Over two decades ago Bryan “Birdman” Williams and his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams started up Cash Money Records giving the world hit makers such as Juvenile and Lil Wayne….who then went on to bring about current artists like Drake and Nicki Minaj. Much of Birdman’s worth comes from what his artists bring in, but we’ll see what happens when Cash Money’s distribution deal with Universal ends this summer and is up for grabs…

3. Dr. Dre: $270 Million


The oldest Hip-Hopper on the list, Dre has been in the game longer than any of them and was doing just fine with random acting gigs over the years and music since the mid-80’s….but the power of sound has made him even more of a powerhouse. Beats by Dre can be seen in and on the ears of anyone who can afford to get them, which seems to be pretty much everyone…allowing Dre to make his way onto the list this year.

2. Jay-Z: $460 Million


He sold a major clothing line, has a deal with Live Nation, owns stakes with the New Jersey Nets, a chain of clubs, and a cosmetic company (wait, really?) and recently did a lucrative tour with Kanye West…Sheesh Jay-Z, it’s a wonder he even found time to make a baby in the past year. What’s next for the mogul? Probably figuring out which route Blue Ivy should go down; acting, singing, dancing? Well with those parents, she’ll probably do all three and Jay will be right there adding to his bundle. 

1. P. Diddy: $550 Million


No matter what name he goes by, one thing’s for sure, he’s got a heads up on all his competition. Yeah, he has a label (Bad Boy), endorsements with Ciroc Vodka, clothing lines (Sean Jean, Enyce) and had his share of musical fame back in the day….but anyone who’s ever seen P. Diddy in action either on TV or in real life knows he strives to be the best. That’s why he’s number one this year, and could very well be next year as he’s set on becoming Hip-Hop’s first billionaire. His deal with Comcast to launch the Revolt channel in 2013 sets the bar pretty high for any other Hip-Hop entrepreneur…

Now, with those numbers would you agree with many critics that Hip-Hop does nothing but create gangsters, murderers, and crooks?


About sunnymenagerie

Socially awkward in most situations most 25 years olds would call easy, that’s me. TV is my soul mate, Music is my mistress and writing is my best friend. Without those three things, I’d be in an insane asylum calling myself Rosa Parks, refusing to sit in the back of the so called bus. I know more about pop culture and celebrities than I do about my family history, and I’d like to keep it that way. Words I live by: We´re all tiny books in one big compilation called life. Some of us will wait for what seems like forever for our climactic part to come. Others will have a romance novel their entire life. Or maybe one filled with just adventure. Or one that is a poetic tragedy. Then, there are those that will have best sellers. You know, the ones that everyone wants to read and base their versions on? Don´t forget the little paperbacks sold at the carwash that only a select few will ever lay eyes on. We´re all born with the power to either take what was written for us or choose our own adventures.

One comment on “Hip-Hop Artists Set Standards High: Forbes Announces Top 5 Earners

  1. Tonia M
    April 20, 2012

    What, I thought Jay-Z made more than P-diddy, i guess not. If 50 earned 100 million from vitawater, he’s only (i don’t really mean only) only generated 10 million since. Hats off to all five, wish it was me!

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