Forbes' 2010 Highest Earning Rappers
The top 10 richest rappers of 2010 weren't born with silver spoons in their mouths. Many of them rose from rags to riches by tirelessly working simultaneously as producers, writers and musicians.
However, their hard work has quite literally paid off and has made them millions, according to Forbes. Read about the top 10 richest rappers of 2010 below.
1- Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter - $63 Million
No surprise that the richest rapper is Jay-Z. Like many of his rapping counterparts, Jay-Z made roughly $63 million last year(2010) thanks to his rap career and superb business skills. Jay-Z released his eleventh studio album 'The Blueprint 3' in September 2009, producing several hits including 'Empire State of Mind' featuring Alicia Keys and 'Run This Town' featuring Kanye West and Rihanna. On top of this, Jay-z also co-owns the 40/40 Club and the New Jersey Nets.
2-Sean "Diddy" Combs - $30 million
There can't be a top 10 richest rappers countdown without Sean "Diddy" Combs somewhere in the running. Diddy's business ventures, along with his career as a rapper, have made him the second richest rapper on the planet.
Diddy is the owner of Bad Boy Records, the Sean John and Enyce clothing lines, Ciroc vodka, and has recently talked about opening a business school in New York. Diddy also released a single with his new group Diddy-Dirty Money called 'Hello Good Morning.' Diddy has made $30 million as of April 2010 and from the looks of things, that sum will keep rising.
3-Aliuane "Akon" Thiam - $21 million
Singer/rapper Akon has had a very busy year. In 2007, he signed a young woman going by the name of Lady Gaga to his Konvict Muzik label. Fast forward to 2010 and Lady Gaga is now the most successful female artist in the music industry today. In 2009, Akon was also featured on David Guetta's single 'Sexy B----,' which reached No. 1 on the charts in 6 different nations, and he has a new album in the works which should be released in the near future. With the combined revenue from his record labels and his recording career, Akon has grossed approximately $21 million as of April 2010.
4. Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter - $20 million
The road towards notoriety as one of the top 10 richest rappers is no cakewalk -- no one knows this better than rapper Lil Wayne. In March 2010, Lil Wayne entered prison at Rikers Island to serve a one year sentence for illegal weapons charges, but prison bars couldn't stop him from making millions.
Lil Wayne's seventh studio album 'Rebirth' was released in February 2010 and debuted at No. 2 on the charts. In addition to his album's success, his latest single 'Drop the World' was certified platinum. As of April 2010, Lil Wayne is also a certified millionaire, making more than $20 million.
5. Andre "Dr. Dre" Young - $17 million
Although Dr. Dre hasn't released an album in almost 10 years, he still makes more money than most of us could even fathom. His record label Aftermath Entertainment is home to several rap legends including Eminem, whose 2010 album 'Recovery' has already had two No. 1 singles. Dr. Dre has left fans in suspense as to when his next and supposed final record 'Detox' will be released, but is set to be released this 2011. Dr. Dre has made about $17 million in 2010.
6. Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges - $16 million
7. Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus - $15 million
Coming in at $15 million, Snoop Dogg is number seven on our list of the top 10 richest rappers of 2010. One of the most resilient artists of the past two decades, Snoop released his tenth studio album 'Malice in Wonderland' in December of 2009 and has even been involved with television, most recently creating a video tribute to the HBO vampire drama 'True Blood.' He is also featured on Katy Perry's summer hit, 'California Gurls.'8. Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley - $14 million
The number eight spot on our countdown belongs to producer/rapper Timbaland. Timbaland released his album 'Shock Value II' in December of 2009 and collaborated with one of the front runners in the pop world, Katy Perry, on his hit 'If We Ever Meet Again.' He also owns Thomas Crown Studio in Virginia Beach which is frequented by recording artists such as Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliott. Timbaland is doing quite well for himself, making around $14 million last year.
9. Pharrell Williams - $13 million
As one of the most sought after producers in the music industry, it is obvious why Pharrell Williams is one of the top 10 richest rappers of 2010.
10. Kanye West - $12 million
Kanye West has been known to speak his mind, which can sometimes get him into trouble (ahem, Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech). However, speaking his mind has also made him roughly $12 million dollars as of April 2010.In the summer of 2010, Kanye released his single 'Power' and another single entitled 'See Me Now,' which features vocals from Beyonce Knowles. So people can keep judging Kanye, but they shouldn't waste their energy because it only seems to make him richer.