JAY-Z remains on top of a list of hip-hop’s highest-earners from last year, as a new publication curated by former Forbes writer Zack O’Malley Greenburg revealed the ten biggest money-makers of the genre in 2021, placing the New York-born legend at the forefront.

According to the list, which was published independently on O’Malley Greenburg’s blog, JAY-Z earned a whopping $ 470 million in 2021, nearly doubling the list’s runner-up. Of course, the artist formerly known as Kanye West makes his way to the # 2 spot, earning a reported $ 250 million last year. The post, which was supposed editorially through Vibe, also lists Diddy in the third spot, earning $ 75 million. Drake appears at # 4, reportedly making $ 50 million in 2021.


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At number five, Wiz Khalifa makes an appearance with $ 45 million earned last year. Despite his tragedy at the end of 2021, Travis Scott also makes his presence on this list at # 6, earning $ 38 million through various brand endorsements. DJ Khaled appears behind him with $ 35 million, whereas Eminem and J. Cole are neck-and-neck with $ 28 and $ 27 million respectively. In the final # 10 spot, there is a three-way tie between Birdman, Doja Cat, and Tech N9ne, who surely earned a lot of additional money from his viral collaboration with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Baby, Doja, and Tech N9ne all earned a reported $ 25 million in 2021.

Are you surprised by any of the names on this list? Check out the report below and let us know what you think of hip-hop’s highest-earners in 2021.

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