Kanye West Is the Highest-Paid Rapper for the First Time Ever

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Kanye West has finally toppled Jay-Z. For the first time, he beat his “Big Brother” and tops Forbes’ Highest Paid Hip-Hop Acts by pulling in an estimated $150 million in 2019. The YEEZY brand is expected to do $1.5 billion in sales, putting it half way to jumping over the Jumpman.

Hov came in second with $81 million, a large portion from his On The Run II tour with Beyoncé, while Drake snagged third with $75 million. Diddy took fourth with $70, thanks in large part to Ciroc, and Travis Scott had a career year at fifth with $58 million. Childish Gambino appeared on the list for the first time, pulling in $35 million to land at 10th place.

Check out the full list of high-earners below:

20. Pitbull ($18 million)

19. Wiz Khalifa ($18.5 million)

18. Nas ($19 million)

17. Future ($19.5 million)

16. Birdman ($20 million)

15. Meek Mill ($21 million)

14. Swizz Beatz ($23 million)

13. Cardi B ($28 million)

12. Nicki Minaj ($29 million)

11. J. Cole ($31 million)

10. Childish Gambino ($35 million)

9. Migos ($36 million)

8. Kendrick Lamar ($38.5 million)

7. DJ Khaled ($40 million)

6. Eminem ($50 million)

5. Travis Scott ($58 million)

4. Diddy ($70 million)

3. Drake ($75 million)

2. Jay-Z ($81 million)

1. Kanye West ($150 million)

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