Collaborators Jay-Z and Kanye take two of the top three spots in the Forbes list
Jay-Z and Kanye West consider themselves the kings of the rap game. Not only have they said as much with the title of their newly released album — "Watch the Throne" — but they take every opportunity to brag about their private jets, their cars and anything else with a big price tag.
Whatever you think of their music — but really, what's not to like? — it turns out they are justified. Forbes has released its list of the past year's top earners among hip-hop artists — never mind that Jay-Z is definitively a rapper — and Jay and Kanye come in at first and third respectively.
Sandwiched in between? Sean "Diddy" Combs.
Jay-Z laps everyone but Diddy, raking in $37 million to Diddy's $35 million. West accrued a paltry-in-comparison $16 million.
While the collaboration between Jay-Z and West has been and will continue to be lucrative, it has also strained an already tense relationship.
So don't get your hopes up for a collaboration between all three.
As for the rest of the list, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Akon and Ludacris round out the top 10.