Rap's Biggest Cash Cows: 2016. Who Earned The Most?

Hip Hop may have only started in 1970’s South Bronx, yet, today, it like many other black inspired music forms (Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Rock n Roll, R&B, House, Soul etc), has made its way around the world and into the living rooms of countries and cultures far removed from New York. The popularity and acclaim goes double for those that sit at the top of the genre, both their influence, and their pockets swell exponentially.

2017 has just begun, but what about last year? Forbes published an article entitled, “Cash Kings 2016: Hip Hop’s Highest Earning Acts”, within, they listed the top earners last year in Hip Hop.

 According to Forbes, the way they format their list is as follows:

“We consider pretax income from touring, record sales, streaming, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other business ventures. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted. Earnings are calculated from June 2015 to June 2016 and based on data from Nielsen SoundScan, Pollstar, Bandsintown, the RIAA and from interviews with managers, lawyers, executives and a handful of the artists themselves.”

 Some on the list were to be expected, as Hip Hop heavyweights: Jay Z (53.5M) and Dr. Dre (41M), sat in pretty good position. However, some were a bit more surprising. For the full list please click here.