JAY-Z: Tops All Hip-Hop Artists in Earnings

Written by on March 2, 2022

When Jay-Z gets around to filing his 2021 IRS taxes, he will list his revenue at $470 million. Hova was last year’s top-earning hip-hop artist thanks to selling shares in Tidal and Armand de Brignac champagne. Altogether, Jay’s wealth is approaching $2 billion.

A former editor from financial magazine, Forbes, compiled who made the most money last year. Nobody came close to Jay-Z, though Kanye West finished second by earning another quarter-million dollars. Yeezys is Ye’s main source of income these days.

Doja Cat topped the women in hip-hop. Among all rappers, she’s tied for 10th by pulling down $25 million in 2021. She partnered with CandyCrush and Pepsi. An ad exec said, (quote) “Hip-hop has, and always will, set trends. Brands realize they need to be in the mix testing partnerships and trends before they have the data to back it up.” (Vibe)

Biggest earners last year:

  1. Jay-Z $470 million
  2. Kanye West $250 million
  3. Diddy $75 million
  4. Drake $50 million
  5. Wiz Khalifa $45 million

 10. (tie) Doja Cat $25 million, tie

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