Cash Money Records CEO Birdman and veteran rapper Tech N9ne have spoken out in light of making this year’s Forbes Highest Paid Hip Hop Artists list.
Baby acknowledged his YMCMB family making it onto the elusive top ten.
“4artist in top 10 in forbes cashking.hardwork dedication loyalty and Focus Richgang.OVO PG YMCMB,” Baby tweeted September 24. (Birdman’s Twitter)
Midwest rapper Tech N9ne bigged himself up for his grind finally paying off.
“Hard work, but this makes it all worth it! @Forbes … ” (Tech N9ne’s Twitter)
Bad Boy Records boss Diddy, Jay Z and Dr. Dre all managed to land in the top three.
Hip-hop’s net worth king claims his first annual earnings crown thanks mostly to the success of Ciroc vodka. Other ingredients in his cash cocktail: record label Bad Boy, clothing line Sean John and, soon, cable channel Revolt. Lost his hyphen but gained double-digit millions from lucrative live shows, Armand de Brignac champagne, D’Ussé cognac, Roc Nation label/management firm and other ventures. Last year’s Cash King slips two spots, no longer boosted by a nine-figure payout for selling part of Beats by Dr. Dre in 2011. But he’s still cashing in on the ubiquitous headphones, expanding the company he founded with Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine to include a long-awaited streaming music service. (Forbes)
The Top 20 consists of some first-timers like West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar.
1. Diddy ($50 million) 2. Jay Z ($43 million) 3. Dr. Dre ($40 million) 4. Nicki Minaj ($29 million) 5. Birdman ($21 million) 6. Kanye West ($20 million) 7. Lil Wayne ($16 million) 8. Wiz Khalifa ($14 million) 9. Ludacris ($12 million) 10. Drake ($10.5 million) 11. Snoop Lion ($10 million, tie) 12. Eminem ($10 million, tie) 14. Kendrick Lamar ($9 million, tie) 14. Pharrell Williams ($9 million, tie) 14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ($9 million, tie) 17. Swizz Beatz ($8.5 million) 18. Tech N9ne ($7.5 million) 19. 50 Cent ($7 million) 20. Lil Jon ($6 million, tie) (HHNM)