Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bling Kings

Here are Forbes' 2008 top 20 highest earning hip hop artists:

1. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson: $150 million
2. Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter: $82 million
3. Sean "Diddy" Combs: $35 million
4. Kanye West: $30 million
5. Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley: $22 million
6. Pharrell Williams: $20 million
7. Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean: $17 million
8. Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus: $16 million
9. André "Dr. Dre" Young: $15 million
10. Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges: $14 million
11. Clifford "T.I." Harris: $13 million (tie)
11. Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter: $13 million (tie)
12. Marshall "Eminem" Mathers: $12 million (tie)
12. Lonnie "Common" Lynn Jr.: $12 million (tie)
12. Aliaune "Akon" Thiam: $12 million (tie)
13. Jermaine Dupri: $11 million (tie)
13. Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith: $11 million (tie)
14. OutKast: $10 million (tie)
14. Hakeem "Chamillionaire" Seriki: $10 million (tie)
14. Jayceon "The Game" Taylor: $10 million (tie)

Fitty coming in at $150M is unbelievable considering it seems to me like he didn't do anything in 2008. I guess Vitamin Water is treating him pretty damn well. Eminem seemingly did nothing in 2008 too and he pulled in only $12M. This list is just further proof that talent and income have no relationship whatsoever.


WeightStaff said...

I'd like to see this list again in 5 years. Take for example DMX, who undoubtedly made millions throughout his career. Short followup: last month he was arrested for using a false name and false social security number to avoid paying medical bills. Go figure...


Anonymous said...

swizz beats? who is THAT?