Looking at the actual numerical difference between their earnings and those of the average American worker truly puts that wealth into perspective.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labour’s statistics from the second quarter of 2018, the average US worker makes $US45,552 a year. Some of the richest rappers and hip-hops artists make that same amount in mere hours.
UK company MyVoucherCodes crunched the numbers from Forbes’ 2018 “Hip-Hop Cash Kings” list and created an interactivecalculator, which breaks down just how much these artists make as each second passes. (The tool also includes two of the highest earning female artists, often considered to be hip-hop-adjacent, from the 2018 Forbes Celebrity 100.)
12. It would take Travis Scott exactly 19 hours to earn the average US salary.
The 26-year-old rapper – and Kylie Jenner muse – has taken the music world by storm in recent years. His latest album “Astroworld” enjoyed a massive debut and two-week reign at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
11. It takes Eminem 17 hours and 18 minutes.
10. DJ Khaled earns the average US salary in 14 hours and 48 minutes.
DJ Khaled may be best known for his catchphrases (“We the best!”) and injecting his own name into the lyrics of a song, but he has actually produced more than 20 albums – 10 of his own and 11 for other artists.
9. It would take Kanye West 14 hours and 30 minutes.
While Kanye West may not be the breadwinner of the family (it would take his wife Kim Kardashian West only six hours to earn the average US salary), his already-iconic rap career is nothing to scoff at. He has won 21 Grammys and is often cited as one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
8. Dr. Dre earns the average US salary in 11 hours and 24 minutes.
Aside from his own formidable rap career, Dr. Dre is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment. He has acted as a mentor for top rappers like 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem. Oh, and then there’s Apple’s $US3.2 billion purchase of his other little start-up, Beats Electronics.
7. It would take J. Cole 11 hours and 11 minutes.
J. Cole has arguably shunned the spotlight more than his peers, but his influence on the rap community is undeniable: All five of his studio albums have gone platinum and he’s the founder of Dreamville Records.
6. Rihanna would earn $US45,552 in 10 hours and 35 minutes.
Rihanna may not have put out any new music for many years (much to fans’ dismay), but her ventures into film, beauty, apparel, and lingerie have set new standards for the industries. The “Work” singer is also (casually) the “top-selling digital artist of all time.”
5. It takes Drake eight hours and 30 minutes to earn the average US salary.
Drake is one of the most popular contemporary artists and has become the bonafide king of music streaming; seven songs from his most recent album landed in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously, besting the Beatles’ record (five) that had stood since 1964.
4. It takes Kendrick Lamar six hours and 54 minutes.
After releasing just three studio albums, Kendrick Lamar’s reputation is on par with his own idols. Earlier this year, he even became the first rapper ever to win a Pulitzer Prize for Music –an honour he shamelessly touted during multiple sold-out headlining shows.
3. Beyoncé earns an average yearly wage in six hours and 42 minutes.
Beyoncé is easily one of the most powerful people in the music industry. On her 37th birthday this year, she took a moment to remind fans of her recent accomplishments, which include her groundbreaking Coachella performance and her latest lauded album.
2. It takes Diddy six hours and 12 minutes.
Sean Combs is perhaps most famous for his debut album going seven times platinum (or his many stage names), but much of his fortune has been built on a lucrative Cîroc Vodka partnership and other business ventures.
1. Jay-Z earns the average US salary in five hours and 12 minutes.
The rapper has earned millions from sellout tours and chart-topping albums over the course of his nearly 30-year career. But his ventures – which include entertainment labels, a clothing line, upscale alcohol brands, and the music-streaming service Tidal – has earned him the fortune of an entrepreneur.
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