Let’s have a look at the below list of Top 10 Highest Paid Hip Hop Artists in The World in 2016 and 2017. It is said that hip-hop offers a chance to improve your life. Certainly, as of some of the passionate followers of this genre are now one of the highest paid hip-hop artists in 2016. Not only their lives have turned to the good fortune, but also they have made a change through their contribution in the world of this music genre.
Looking back to its roots, the origin of hip hop was in the early 1960s from dance hall music and Jamaican reggae. Gradually, its popularity increased and was spread across the globe, presently accounting for billions of hip hop lovers. But for those who have contributed to this genre, here a list of the top 10 highest paid hip-hop artists in the world in 2016 and 2017.
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- 10. 50 Cent ($15 million)
- 9. Drake ($60 million)
- 8. Dwayne Michael Carter Jr ($100 million)
- 7. Eminem ($190 million)
- 6. Birdman ($230 million)
- 5. Russell Simmons ($325 million)
- 4. Master P ($350 million)
- 3. Jay-Z ($610 million)
- 2. Andre Romelle Young ($710 million)
- 1. Sean John Combs ($750 million)
List of Top 10 highest paid hip hop artists of the world 2016-2017:
10. 50 Cent ($15 million)
As one of the highest paid hip-hop artists and also best selling rap artists in the world, 50 Cent has achieved success starting from his first album Get Rich or Die Trying. Interestingly,50 Cent’s studio albums were sold more than 21 million units. East Coast Group G-Unit with Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, Kidd Kidd and Tony Yayo gained him popularity as he was a part of these groups. The artist has also released many PlayStation games.
9. Drake ($60 million)
Another among the highest paid hip hop artists, Drake is a Television actor and a brilliant rapper who has driven the world of hip-hop by craze. Few of his many hit songs are ‘Take Care’, ‘Money to Blow’ and ‘Best I Ever Had’. In Canada, Drake is known best for essaying the role of Jimmy Brooks, on ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation.’While he released first two mix tapes that got a moderate response, his career changed after joining the tour with Lil Wayne to become one of the successful artists.
8. Dwayne Michael Carter Jr ($100 million)
The world knows him by Lil Wayne; he is no doubt among the highest paid hip hop artists in the world. With so many super hit albums like ‘Lollipop’ and ‘A Milli’, Lil Wayne has taken many Grammy Awards at home. Starting a career with the hip-hop group, Hot Boys, Lil Wayne went on to give some of the exclusive hits after building a solo career and become one of the highest paid hiphop artists.
7. Eminem ($190 million)
This man has so far in his career used his wonderful skills to entertain his fans completely. His abilities of rapping and sense of hip hop music are not only appreciated by his fans but also by his rivals.He is also popularly known as the controversial best-selling hip hop artists. He is also one of the richest American Rappers who has in pocket two Grammy Awards for his 1999 release ‘The Slim Shady LP’. Eminem is one of those responsible for transforming rap into a mainstream genre.
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6. Birdman ($230 million)
Born as Bryan Williams, Birdman is a very successful American record producer and rapper and one of the richest black artists and no.4 in the list of highest paid hip hop artists. He teamed up with Mannie Fresh and went on to create the duo Big Tymers. After making a debut with ‘How Ya love That?’ they gave their fans many popular hits. Some of his other exclusive compositions are Priceless 2 (an album), Fire Flame (his first single, official), The H (mixtape), etc. Birdman has undertaken other ventures like oil business and clothing line.
5. Russell Simmons ($325 million)
One of the highest paid hip-hop artists, this African American man is a vital character in the history of rap music. He has literally brought hip of the mainstream of America’s mass media and culture. He has a varied interest and has moved from Def Jam label to literary pursuits and political commentary. Simmons is one of the top highest paid rappers and also the editor-in-chief of a website(GlobalGrind.com) that reviews and updates everything about the hip-hop world.
4. Master P ($350 million)
Master P is another leading name in the list of highest paid hip hop artists in the world. What attracts most to his fans besides his rapping abilities is his style of presentation. The way he expresses himself through hip hop creates a big impact on the minds of listeners. His store ‘No Limit Records’ have now become a label. Master P, a socially conscious artist, has also excelled in fields of sports management and films.
3. Jay-Z ($610 million)
Born in Brooklyn, what made Jay-Z the biggest gainer this year is his Tidal Streaming service. He also boasts of his wide range of holdings. He has invested in Duracell Power mat and is the owner of 40/40 Club, a sports-bar chain. Jay-Z has a keen interest in social works and gladly makes investment for the society’s development. He is certainly one of the successful hip-hop artists in the world presenting 99 problems, Young Forever, Dead Presidents and more.
2. Andre Romelle Young ($710 million)
Second on the list is Andre Romelle Yong a.k.a.Dr. Dre, who is famous for making it big with N.W.A. back in the 1980s. 50 Cent, Eminem, and Snoop Dogg have shared the work room with him. Apart from his musical contribution, Dr. Dre also co-founded: “Beats Electronics” along with Jimmy Lovine. He has launched many successful rappers and hip-hop artists.He got the largest one-off payday two years back with the sale of Beats by Dr. Dre. The hip hop artist also tasted success previous year with Straight Outta Crompton.
1. Sean John Combs ($750 million)
The highest paid hip hop artists in the world, Combs is popularly known as Diddy by his fans across the world. Over the years, Diddy has stepped into the shoes of a record producer, actor and of course recording artist. He gave to this world some of the unbelievable compositions like No Way Out, Forever, Press Play, Last Train to Paris and much more. To add more feathers in his cap, Combs is a winner of three Grammy Awards besides other prestigious awards. Besides music, he has his own clothing line, movie production house, label Bad Boy and two restaurants.
So, these are the richest people in the hip hop industry in 2016-2017, who have taken the world with their crazy madness. That’s how hip hop is, one of the best musical expressions and so are its highest paid hiphop artists.