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Veteran Rappers Head the Forbes' Top Earning Hip Hop Artists List

by VVN Music

Forbes has released another of their seemingly endless lists of highest earning musical artists, this time concentrating on the world of Hip-Hop.

Diddy (aka Sean Combs, Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy) once again tops the list with $130 million in earnings over the last year, and that was without releasing any music.  For Combs, the money came from his Big Boy Family Reunion Tour, his cut of Diageo's Ciroc vodka and the sale of a third of his Sean John clothing for an estimated $70 million.

Not so surprisingly, Drake is at number 2 with $94 million. He is the most streamed artist in the world as it continues to grow towards domination of the world music marketplace, and also had a successful tour and a number of endorsement deals.

Jay-Z comes in third with $42 million, adding to his already great wealth. According to Forbes, Jay-Z and Beyonce are now a $1 billion couple.

Dr. Dre is number 4 with $34.5 million on the strength of his production and on-going payments for his selling of the Beats brand to Apple three years ago.

Chance the Rapper completes the top 5 with $33 million.

The rest of the list is made up of mostly newer artists with the exception of Snoop Dogg who comes in at 15 with $16.5 million.

The full list can be seen at Forbes.