Sean "Diddy" Combs
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Sean "Diddy" Combs Tops 2017 Highest Paid Hip-Hop Artists List
In what's been called "the world's most popular art form," there's lots of financial opportunity for artists to make it big in hip-hop. This year, some of the most esteemed names in the genre did just that, as reported on Forbes' annual list of the top earning hip-hop acts.
Topping the list this year is GRAMMY winner Sean "Diddy" Combs, who brought in $130 million largely thanks to his 2016 Bad Boy Records reunion tour and from selling part of his Sean Jean clothing company.
Coming in second on the list is streaming king Drake with $94 million, thanks to two album releases and tour revenue. He's followed by Tidal owner Jay Z at No. 3 with $42 million, while Dr. Dre sits at No. 4 on the list with $34.5 million. Chance The Rapper, who released his GRAMMY-winning album Coloring Book for free, earned $33 million.
GRAMMY winners Kendrick Lamar ($30 million), Pitbull ($27 million), Kanye West ($22 million), Lil Wayne ($15.5 million), and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ($11.5 million) also made the list. Coming it at No. 16 with a cool $16 million, GRAMMY nominee Nicki Minaj represents the lone woman on the list.