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Kanye West tops Jay Z to become Forbes’ 2019 highest paid hip-hop star

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Kanye West, US rapper and record producer, has been named hip-hop’s highest earner for the year 2019, according to Forbes.

The 42-year-old songwriter, who is on the verge to release ‘Jesus is Great’, his highly-anticipated debut gospel album, raked in about $150 million over the past year to knock Jay Z, fellow rapper, off the top spot — a feat he is achieving for the first time in his career.

“Yeezy is expected to top $1.5 billion in sales this year—or about half of what Nike’s Air Jordan pulls in—boosting West’s pretax income to $150 million over the past year and making him hip-hop’s cash king for the first time ever
Some of the notable hip-hop stars, who did not make the list, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Dr. Dre, and Chance the Rapper.

Here are the world’s 20 top-earning hip-hop stars below:

  1. Pitbull ($18 million)
  2. Wiz Khalifa ($18.5 million)
  3. Nas ($19 million)
  4. Future ($19.5 million)
  5. Birdman ($20 million)
  6. Meek Mill ($21 million)
  7. Swizz Beatz ($23 million)
  8. Cardi B ($28 million)
  9. Nicki Minaj ($29 million)
  10. J. Cole ($31 million)
  11. Childish Gambino ($35 million)
  12. Migos ($36 million)
  13. Kendrick Lamar ($38.5 million)
  14. DJ Khaled ($40 million)
  15. Eminem ($50 million)
  16. Travis Scott ($58 million)
  17. Diddy ($70 million)
  18. Drake ($75 million)
  19. Jay-Z ($81 million)
  20. Kanye West ($150 million)

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