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Top 20 Highest-Paid Hip Hop Artists of 2015

You may, depending on your age, be more familiar with music that he released two decades ago, but Diddy remains the “Cash King” of hip-hop for 2015. This is according to Zack O'Malley Greenburg of For

You may, depending on your age, be more familiar with music that he released two decades ago, but Diddy remains the “Cash King” of hip-hop for 2015. This is according to Zack O'Malley Greenburg of Forbes, who claimed in September of 2015 that Diddy earned $60 million over the past year. The days of Sean Combs being involved just in the music industry are, of course, a thing in the past, as the artist now known as Diddy is a brand unto himself. A successful clothing line, advertising relationships and an entertainment television station (Revolt) are just a few of the business endeavors that Diddy has outside of the music that he records and produces.

Second on the list is a man who is a legend of the hip-hop industry but who is also No. 2 in fan popularity among artists from his own home. Jay-Z has, in recent memory, become as known as being the husband as Beyonce as he is for all of the noteworthy accomplishments he has achieved during his career. No disrespect meant to the man, but fans do not get a “King Jay” hashtag trending on websites such as Twitter and Instagram whenever Jay-Z releases new material. “Queen Bey,” however, brings up hundreds of thousands of results on social media on a daily basis even if Beyonce has done nothing in the public eye as of late.

Third on the list is Drake, who found himself rather busy over the past year. When he has not been raking in millions of dollars via successful tour stops, Drake has (allegedly) been winning Twitter battles versus other artists. Dr. Dre, the biggest icon in the eyes of diehard hip-hop fans to crack into the top-five of the highest paid artists for 2015, could be even higher on next year's list due to a movie that was a hit among theater-goers. Last but certainly not least in the top-five is Pharrell, who will seemingly only be on the rise in such lists in the foreseeable future.

19 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: $5.5 Million 

Via nypost.com
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18 Ludacris: $8 Million 

17 Tech N9ne: $8.5 Million 

Via hippowallpapers.com

16 Rick Ross: $9 Million 

15 Snoop Dogg: $10 Million 

14 J. Cole: $11 Million 

Via rollingstone.com

13 Kendrick Lamar: $12 Million 

12 Lil Wayne: $15 Million 

11 Pitbull: $17 Million 

Via rollingstone.com

10 Birdman: $18 Million 

Via forbes.com

9 Nicki Minaj: $21 Million 

8 Wiz Khalifa: $21.5 Million 

7 Kanye West: $22 Million 

6 Eminem: $31 Million 

Via nymag.com

5 Pharrell: $32 Million 

4 Dr. Dre: $33 Million 

3 Drake: $39.5 Million 

2 Jay-Z: $56 Million 

1 Diddy: $60 Million 

Call him Puff Daddy. Call him Puffy. Refer to him as P. Diddy, Diddy, or any other name that he comes up for himself in the future. Sean Combs is the king of the mountain as it pertains to the highest paid hip-hop artists for 2015, bringing in $60 million during the past year according to the Forbes list. Diddy is reportedly working on a new album of his own, but he would financially be set for life and then some if he walked away from the industry entirely. Clothing line Sean John and a variety of other business relationships has made Diddy royalty beyond the world of hip-hop.

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