Forbes names hip-hop’s biggest earners for 2008

    Forbes has named the 20 biggest earners in hip-hop for 2008 (technically, it’s from June 2007-June 2008), and there are very few surprises.


    Vitamin Water genius 50 Cent tops the list at $150 million, with former Def Jam head Jay-Z coming in at a meager $82 million behind 50. The third place finsher is making peanuts behind Jay—that’d be Diddy with $35 million (Kanye came in a close fourth with $30 million).

    Dr. Dre, despite barely working (or “working” on The Detox, as it were), somehow made $15 million. Lil Wayne, the mastermind behind Tha Carter III tied with T.I. for number 11 with $13 million, and OutKast, who haven’t put an album out in two years, made $10 million.

    The most surprising person on the list is Common (tied with Eminem and Akon at $12 million), who is apparently making serious bank for being a back-packer. Those acting roles he’s taking must be worth more than I expected.


    Here’s the full list:
    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)
    [Forbes via Real Talk NY]