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Forbes’ Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists Of 2017

2017 Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artist
Diddy
Diddy

The only thing more predictable than a Diddy name change…his place atop Forbes annual list of the wealthiest hip-hop artists. But the man formally known as Sean Combs now has some real competition.

Jay Z’s fortune has jumped 30% in the past year after a $200 million investment from Sprint reportedly put the valuation of his music-streaming service, Tidal, at $600

Jay-Z
Jay-Z

million, more than 10 times what he paid for the company two years ago.

Which rapper will hit billionaire status first? Hard to say. Diddy has a lucrative Cîroc vodka deal with Diageo, while Shawn “Jay Z” Carter augments his portfolio with a champagne brand, Armand de Brignac, and a growing entertainment company, Roc Nation.

Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre

Jay Z tops Andre “Dr. Dre” Young in the rankings for the first time s

ince 2014, the year the super producer sold Beats to Apple for $3 billion—and promptly boasted about his improved perch on our list in a grainy YouTube video. “They need to update the Forbes list,” pal Tyrese Gibson chimed in, prompting Dre to add: “In a big way. Understand that!”

Dre hasn’t quite achieved the billionaire status he initially claimed, but his cut gave him the largest single-year payday ever recorded by a living musician; his fortune has since swelled to $740 million thanks to savvy investments. Days after the Beats deal was announced, Dre scooped up a 14,000 square foot Los Angeles mansion for $40 million; according to government records, it’s already worth nearly 20% more than he paid.

In order to complete the Forbes Five list, we follow the same procedures used to calculate our list of the world’s billionaires: looking at past earnings, valuing current holdings, leafing through financial documents and talking to analysts, attorneys, managers, other industry players and even some of the moguls themselves to find the details.

Birdman
Birdman

There’s a long drop between the top three and the rest of the list. Bryan “Birdman” Williams ranks fourth with $110 million. Along with his brother, Ronald “Slim” Williams, Birdman co-owns Cash Money Records, home to three of the music world’s biggest stars: Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. All three have been rumored to be leaving the label in recent years, but so far their record deals have kept them in place—and Cash Money’s coffers full.

“As a child, I always felt if I could make $1 million, I could make $100 million,” Birdman once told FORBES. “If I could get $100 million, I’m just nine steps away from being a billionaire. And that’s the goal.”

Drake
Drake

Rounding out the Forbes Five is Aubrey “Drake” Graham at $90 million. Last year’s Views became the first album to top 1 billion spins on Apple Music and helped fuel a grueling tour that took the Toronto native from Atlanta to Amsterdam, grossing north of $1 million per night along the way. His deals with Apple, Nike and Sprite should keep the cash coming.

And at just 30 years of age, he’s young enough to be the son of any of his fellow list members.

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  1. Diddy, $820 million
  2. Jay Z, $810 million
  3. Dr. Dre, $740 million
  4. Birdman, $110 million
  5. Drake, $90 million
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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative. pcoley@spectacularmag.com
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