Forbes released its list of the highest-earning hip-hop cash cows, and it’s clear that Diddy makes way more than 50 Cent.
And he’s glad that Forbes got it right, telling the magazine, “You started learning how to count right, I see. Thank God!”
Sean Combs, AKA Puff Daddy/P.Diddy/Diddy, reeled in $US50 million in the past 12 months, thanks to his Bad Boy record label, Sean John clothing line, Blue Flame agency, and endorsement deal with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka.
The rap mogul has payed close attention to Forbes’ rankings over the years, and hasn’t always agreed with its estimates of his fortune.
In 2007, Diddy teamed up with Jay Z and 50 Cent on the track “Forbes I Get Money Billion Dollar Remix” to celebrate their inclusion on Forbes’ first-ever Hip-Hop Cash Kings list. Click to hear the brag anthem.
But when he slipped from the number-one spot in 2010, he fired shots at Forbes, rapping on a Rick Ross track:
“F— the Forbes list; let’s tell the truth, I ate more/
I got a billion, baby – time to get me eight more.”
Diddy has an estimated net worth of $580 million, so he can afford a little creative licence.
Here’s the complete list of Forbes’ Highest-Earning Hip-Hop Artists:
1. Diddy — $US50 million
2. Jay Z — $US43 million
3. Dr. Dre — $US40 million
4. Nicki Minaj — $US29 million
5. Birdman — $US21 million
6. Kanye West — $US20 million
7. Lil Wayne — $US16 million
8. Wiz Khalida — $US14 million
9. Ludacris — $US12 million
10. Pitbull — $US11 million
11. Drake — $US10.5 million
12. Snoop Lion — $US10 million
13. Eminem — $US10 million
14. Kendrick Lamar — $US9 million
15. Pharrell Williams — $US9 million
16. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — $US9 million
17. Swizz Beats — $US8.5 million
18. Tech N9ne — $US7.5 million
19. 50 Cent — $US7 million
20. Lil Jon — $US6 million
21. Rick Ross — $US6 million
22. Mac Miller — $US6 million
23. Young Jeezy — $US6 million
24. Questlove — $US6 million
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