The music industry is a multi-million dollar industry and today we focus on some of the most brilliant rappers and hit makers making huge returns in this industry. The largely influential genre of music is loved all around the world. The competition is tough though, in order to break out you must be exceptionally good and get help from the big names in terms of collaborations makes the process much faster. Here are the top ten highest earning hip hop artists.
List of Top 10 Highest Paid Successful Hip Hop Artists in The World in 2017
10. Birdman( annual earnings $18 million)
His real name is Bryan Williams but he is better known as Birdman. The American rapper is also a record producer and music entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of cash money records. The rapper grew up in the crime torn projects of Magnolia where he acquired his thuggish swag. Away from that though, his record singles with Lil Wayne and other big names in the rap industry have gotten him huge returns. Thanks to his record label Cash Money records, Birdman has been able to bring in $18 million on annual basis and he is worth $150 million. Some of his hit records are Like Father, Like Son, Pop Bottles, 100 million among others
9. Kendrick Lamar (annual earning $18.5 million)
Kendrick Lamar is a rapper from the famous town of Compton, California U.S.A. Lamar’s biggest inspirations growing up were Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre, and he even saw the making of one of their music videos in California. The star broke out in the year in 2010 after the release of his hit single “Overly dedicated” hit the airwaves. After that, he got to collaborate with names such as Lil Wayne, The Game and even Snoop Dog. He owns a Grammy award for the Best rap album. According to Forbes he is worth $18.5 million thanks to his latest album “Untitled Unmastered.”
8. Pharrell Williams (annual earning $ 19.5 million)
This super producer cum rapper has been bringing in huge returns thanks to him music career and now hosting gig on NBC’s “The Voice” which is now America’s biggest music talent search show. Some of his biggest hits include “Happy” and “Girl” which have propelled him to the peaks of his musical career. He also happens to make one half of the recording and production group “The Neptunes.” He has ten Grammy awards to his name. His net worth is a whopping $19.5 million.
7. Pitbull (annual earning $10 million)
Armando Christian Perez is his real name. The American rapper gets a huge chunk of his earnings from performances and club appearances. He is a favorite among club goers. He was also lucky enough to receive huge endorsements from companies such as playboy and some Norwegian cruise lines. His current worth as reported by Forbes magazine is $20 million.
6. Nicki Minaj (annual salary $7 miilion)
The bold and beautiful female rapper was born Onika Tanya Miraj. Her money comes as a result of her huge tours, sales of albums, endorsments, YouTube ad revenue. The Pinkprint tour brought in huge returns. She has also got endorsements from Mac cosmetic company to complement her huge record sales. She is one amongst the Top 10 Highest Paid Successful Hip Hop Artists in The World 2017. This popular hip hop star boasts of being one of the best female rap musicians. Her net worth adds up to $20.5 million.
5. Wiz Khalifa (annual earnings $8.5 million)
His real name is Cameron Jibril Thomas. He was born in North Dakota to military parents. The superstar got signed by Warner bros in 2007 after he released his debut album “Show and Prove.” His songs have received massive airplay especially in the United States. His record has also sold in millions all around the world. He is currently worth $24 million.
4. Drake (annual earnings $39.5 million)
Drake is one of the most popular male rappers and arguably among the best. He is from Canada and his full name is Aubrey Drake Graham. Drake’s first debt album went platinum just after it came out number one on billboard 200. The rapper has also bagged a Grammy award as well as six B.E.T awards over the years. His most recent collaboration with Rihanna for the single “Work” elevated his financial status because of the massive views online for that video. He is net worth $100.5 million as reported by Forbes.
3. Dr. Dre (annual earnings $41 million)
His Beats by Dre headphones completely changed the zeros in his bank account after Apple bought his brand for a handsome price. The making of the movie “Straight Outta Compton” which he executive produced was also a huge success therefore bringing him a good chunk of returns as well. The producer cum rapper is currently worth $41 million. He is currently net worth $700 million.
2. Jay Z annual (earnings $53.5 million)
His real name is Shawn Corey Carter. The man is also a smart investor and businessman apart from his rap music career. The phenomenal star boasts of owning 21 Grammy awards and having sold well over 100 million records. His assets include Roca Nation which is an entertainment company, Roc wear, a clothing line, 40/40 club which is a sports club among many others. His latest investment is Tidal where he owns a substantial amount of shares. His net worth rests at $53.5 million.
1. P. Diddy ( earnings $61 million)
P. Diddy’s real name is Sean Combs. He comes from Harlem in New York. His stake at the liquor company Ciroc has completely elevated his financial position greatly. Sean has been awarded three Grammies and also won the MTV music video awards two times. He is also the proud owner of the clothing line called “Sean John.” He earned $61 million in 2016 making him the highest earner that year in the category of hip hop artists. He currently net worth $750 million
These above are the Top 10 Highest Paid Successful Hip Hop Artists in The World 2017. The Rap industry is very competitive and had to breakthrough but the above artists have proven themselves world over. The list above gives you a rundown of how much money they made in 2017 and how they did it.