Music industry is very wide in terms of genres, no. of artist, various instruments, languages, cultural variances etc. All these constituted together makes the music industry. Each country has its own vast music culture. Music industry comprises of many genres-one among them is HIP-HOP. Hip-Hop is also known as Rap music. It was discovered 1970s in US by African American community.
Hip-Hop or Rap music is very rhythmic and words are spoken in rhyming manner. Hip-Hop is one of the highest paid genres in Music Industry. It’s a billion dollar industry. It pays heavenly to its creative, hardworking and popular artist. Now, take a look on 10 highest paid Hip-Hop/ Rappers of recent time:
Here are the top 10 Highest Paid & Most Successful Hip Hop Artists in 2017-2018
10. Kendrick Lamar
He Is a successful rapper and hip-hop artist known for his hard hitting lyrics along with great screen play, imagination, passion and creativity. He got major success in 2010 with his album ‘Overly Dedicated’. Then in next year- he released his first studio album ‘Section 80’ which become hit and made him overnight star and increased his fan following to millions. He has received 7 Grammy Awards. His due to his album ‘Untitled Unmastered’ he got more than $18 million. He has recently released his fourth album ‘DAMN’ which has also become super hit. His net worth is around $20 million and he earns approximately $ 12-16 million annually.
Born on 15 February, 1969 as Bryan William is an American rapper, investor and entrepreneur. He own ‘Cash Money Records’ along with his brother. His estimated worth is $110 million which he has earned from his businesses, and music career. His annual salary accounts to $18 million and sometime seven more.
8. Nicki Minaj
Only female artist to feature in the list of highest paid artist. Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She released 3 mixtapes between 2007 and 2009 which got her attention in the music industry. Her first two albums peaked at no.1 position on Billboard 200. She also debut in acting field with supporting role in ‘The Other Woman’. In 2016, she was included in the list of ‘TIME 100 most influential people in the world’. In a year she made $21 million from her endorsements, concerts and albums. Her net worth is around $70 million.
7. Wiz Khalifa
Born as Cameron Jibril Thomas is an American songwriter, actor and rapper. His debut single ‘Black and Yellow’ for the album Atlantic peaked at no. 1 position. He has nominated in Grammy Awards for seven times. In Pittsburgh City Council, December 12, 2012 was declared Wiz Khalifa Day- this shows how popular and successful artist he is. Wiz Khalifa’s annual earning amounts to $ 21.5 million.
6. Kanye West
Is an American rapper, fashion designer, songwriter, producer etc. Kanye West released his solo album ‘The College Dropout’ in 2004 and got commercial success. He has established a record label ‘Good Music’. He got critical acclaim and commercial success for all his albums. In 2011, he also collaborated with Jay Z. His 7th album released in the year 2016 ‘The Life of Pable’. He has won 21 Grammy Awards which makes him one of the most Grammy awarded artist of all time. He became more famous after marrying television personality Kim Kardashian in 2014. Kanye’s annual earning is around $22 million. His net worth is $147 million.
5. Pharrell Williams
He is an American rapper, record producer and songwriter. He is co-owner of the ‘The Neptunes’ record label. His debut with single “Frontin” in 2003 was followed by solo album, ‘In My Mind’. Under his record label, William has produced many hit singles for many recording artists. He has received 10 Grammy Awards. His annual income amounts to $32 million.
Is a Canadian singer, actor, songwriter and rapper. In 2007 he relased his debut mixtape ‘Room for Improvement’ which established him in the music industry. In 2016, his fourth album ’Views’ broke several chart records. It remains among the top position for consecutively 10 weeks. He was the first solo male artist to do that in the last 10 years. He has won 3 Grammy Award, 2 MTV music Awards and many more prestigious awards for his great work. His annual income amount at $39.5 million and total worth is said to be $150 million.
3. Jay Z
His real name is Shawn Corey Carter is an American businessman and rapper. He is said to be one of the best selling musician of all time. He has got 21 Grammy Awards. He has been named as the Greatest MC of all time by the MTV. He was ranked at 88th position among the greatest artist of all time lists by Rolling Stone. JAY Z is s the husband of very talented music artist Beyonce Knowles. His Net worth is around $610 million and he was paid $53 million in the year 2016.
2. DR. Dre
Andre Romelle Young is popularly known as Dr. Dre. He is an American entrepreneur, producer and rapper. He is currently the CEO of Beats Electronics and Aftermath Entertainment. He is credited to give successful career to many artists like Snoop Dog, 50 Cent, Knedrick Lamar and many more by producing their albums under his banner. His solo debut album ‘The chronic’ made him the best selling American artist in the year 1993. He also won the Grammy Award for the song ‘Let Me Ride’. Apart from rapping and singing, he has also acted in many movies like The Wash, Training Day and many others. His net worth is $ 700 million. As per Forbes- His income amounts to $ 41 million.
1. P. Diddy
Is also known as Puff Daddy, Puffy, Diddy is an American Singer. His real name is Sean John Combs. He debuted with the album ‘No Way Out’ in 1997 which was certified with 7 platinum certificates. His other albums also become super successful and made him the successful and rich Rapper. In 2016 he earned around $60 million which makes him the highest paid artist of the year. He net worth is approximated to be $750 million. He has won 3 Grammy Awards and 2 MTV music awards.
The above article gave the insight about the salaries/ payment of hip-hop artist. These artists not only get hefty amount but also the love, affection and admiration of the people. They become the youth icon, people look up to them and want to be like them. Though making the mark in Hip-Hop genre or any other genre of the music industry is a herculean task but it’s all worth it once you prove your abilities, talent and passion for the music.