Jay-Z has lost out on being the worlds highest paid hip-hop artist to his friend and former mentee, Kanye West.
Earning an impressive $81 million in the past year, Jay-Z earned $4.5 million more than he did last year, when he took the top spot comfortably by some way.
However, that wasnt enough to reward him once more with the title, with Kanye swooping in to take the crown with total earnings of $150 million and leaving Jay-Z in (a still very impressive) second place.
In the 2019 edition of Forbes highest-paid acts in hip-hop, the reasons for Kanyes rise to the top are laid bare – primarily that his signature footwear collaboration with Adidas, Yeezy, is expected to top $1.5 billion in sales this year.
Such impressive sales has boosted the rappers pretax income significantly, making him the highest paid hip-hop artist for the first time ever. Another first for Kanye was his overtaking of Jay-Z, whose earnings were helped by his On The Run II tour with wife Beyoncé.
Last year, Kanye sat at number 10 on the list with $27.5 million – less than five times his total earnings this year – and his income only looks set to rise as his partnership with Adidas grows in success.
Drake – the most-streamed artist of any genre – has taken the number three spot behind Jay-Z, bringing in an impressive $75 million.
The top ten consists entirely of male hip-hop artists, with Diddy coming in at number four with $70 million, Travis Scott coming fifth with $58 million, and Eminem taking sixth place with $50 million.
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