[List] Top 21 Money Makers In Hip-Hop According To Forbes

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It’s all about the money, the flow, the greenery. Whatever you want to call it, hip-hop’s finest rhymesters usually have a thing (or twenty) to say about the acquisition of cash and honeys.

Forbes Magazine just released their list of the Top 21 Big Pimpin’ Spendin’ Cheese Hip-Hop Artists Of 2011. Most of them are understandable, but a few of the names might shock you.

21.[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] B.o.B[/lastfm] (tie) – $5 million

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Brand new to the game, B.o.B is bringing in bank with his fresh, innovate hip-hop stylings. It might be the smallest number on this list, but we wouldn’t complain with five milli burning a hole in our pockets.

20. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]T-Pain[/lastfm] (tie) – $5 million

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Who knew that you could make so much money by merely autotuning your voice in every song? Maybe even enough to buy a boat.

19. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pitbull[/lastfm] (tie) – $6 million

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“You Know You Like It” otherwise you would be helping Pitbull rake in a cool six million dollars a year.

18. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]50 Cent[/lastfm] (tie) – $6 million

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We are totally gonna do it: 50 Cent is worth way more than fifty cents! We did it!

17. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rick Ross[/lastfm] (tie) – $6 million

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Everyday Rick Ross is hustlin’ and apparently all the hustle is leading to some more than decent flow.

16. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nicki Minaj [/lastfm](tie) – $6.5 million

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Nicki Minaj is the first and only female to make the list thanks to her endorsement deals with M•A•C Cosmetics and Casio.

15.[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Swizz Beatz [/lastfm](tie) – $6.5 million

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Alicia Keys’ baby daddy and super-producer Swizz Beatz is making sure his family is well-kept for.

14. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Timbaland[/lastfm] – $7 million

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We haven’t heard the iconic Timbaland baby squeal on a track for a little while now, but that doesn’t mean Mr. Timbaland isn’t still gettin’ blinged out on the daily.

13. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pharrell Williams[/lastfm] – $10 million

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Pharrell might not be a billionaire, but he can eat all the ice cream he wants with the money he makes off of his Billionaires Boys Club/Ice Cream clothing line and his music.

12. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Drake[/lastfm] (tie) – $11 million

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Drizzy can get his maple leafs gold-plated with the eleven million dollars he is making off his silky-smooth hip-hop sound.

11. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wiz Khalifa[/lastfm] (tie) – $11 million

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It takes a lot of green to smoke a lot of green. Wiz Khalifa has enough of both.

10. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ludacris[/lastfm] – $12 million

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With his foray into acting and his tight collabs with every artist in the game, Luda isn’t hurting for cash and can probably support every one of his girls in every area code.

9. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Akon[/lastfm] – $13 million

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It pays to have one of the most sultry, melodic voices in pop R&B. Like, literally $13 Million.

8. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Snoop Dogg[/lastfm] (tie) – $14 million

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Snoop might have a massive crib with lots of cars and a whole gypsy caravan full of children, but he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would just drop his money like it’s hot.

7. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dr. Dre[/lastfm] (tie) – $14 million

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It seems no one forgot about Dre, especially when he is producing some of the most well-known music video sponsored headphones in the business and splitting the massive earnings with music exec Jimmy Iovine.

6. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eminem[/lastfm] (tie) – $14 million

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Mr. Mathers didn’t just change music history by finding a loophole into how he made money of mp3s, he also significantly increased his yearly revenue.

5. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Birdman[/lastfm] (tie) – $15 million

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Who?

4. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lil Wayne[/lastfm] (tie) – $15 million

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See. You can go to prison, but still make a ton of money without creating an in-house jail racket. Anyone need an extra toothbrush and a carton of Marlboro Lights?

3. [lastfm link_type=””]Kanye West[/lastfm] – $16 million

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Mr. West has a taste for opulence, so it’s great that he makes enough money to be able to afford that floating bed made with cherub tears.

2. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Diddy[/lastfm] – $35 million

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This is the man who made a viral video where he claimed he owned all of Broadway Blvd. in New York. Even if it was a joke (probably), with $35 million in the vault, he could easily own a building or two.

1. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay-Z [/lastfm]- $37 million

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The Roc Nation mogul has been hip-hop’s top earner four out of five years thanks to his music career, his deal with Live Nation, his New Jersey Jets stakes, the 40/40 Club, and the superpowers [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beyonce[/lastfm] gives him.

[Source: Rap-Up]

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