FORBES RELEASES HIP HOP’S RICHEST, DR. DRE #1 FOLLOWED BY DIDDY, JAY Z, & DRAKE

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Forbes unleashed their annual “Hip-Hop Cash Kings” list today, and although Diddy topped the 2013 list last year, he’s been dethroned by Dr. Dre in a big way. Of course, most of us knew this was coming as Apple buying out Beats Electronics put a sizeable amount of cash in Dre’s pocket.

The highest-paid hip-hop artists are broken down with an estimate of their earnings on this list. Dr. Dre is way ahead of the pack, with $620 million to his name (“the $620 million sum is also more than the remaining 24 names on the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list—combined,” Forbes says).

Jay Z and Diddy tie for second place, each earning $60 million. Last year Nicki Minaj at #4, but her spot has now been taken by another Young Money rapper, Drake, with $33 million earnings.. Nicki drops to #11 with just $14 million earned. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ranked quite high on the list at #5 with $32 million. Not bad for an independent artist who earned last year just $9 million and ranked before at #15.

Forbes can provide you with a more descriptive break-down of the cash, but if you just want to see the numbers look below.

1. Dr. Dre – $620 million
2. Jay Z – $60 million
2/3. Diddy – $60 million
4. Drake – $33 million
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – $32 million
6. Kanye West – $30 million
7. Birdman – $24 million
8. Lil Wayne – $23 million
9. Pharrell Williams – $22 million
10. Eminem – $18 million
11. Nicki Minaj – $14 million
12. Wiz Khalifa – $13 million
13. Pitbull – $12 million
14. Snoop Dogg – $10 million
15. Kendrick Lamar – $9 million
16. Ludacris – $8 million
16. Tech N9ne – $8 million
16. Swizz Beatz – $8 million
16. 50 Cent – $8 million
20. Rick Ross – $7 million
20. J. Cole – $7 million
20. DJ Khaled – $7 million
20. Lil Jon – $7 million
20. Mac Miller – $7 million

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