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Diddy, Jay Z, Dr. Dre Top 2016 Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings List

by Ryan Middleton   Sep 7, 2016 16:33 PM EDT

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Forbes has released its list of the hip-hop cash kings, or the richest men in hip-hop, and the old guard remain at the top. Diddy, Jay Z and Dr. Dre still remain the top dogs. Drake and Wiz Khalifa round out the rest of the top five.

While it may seem weird to see some of these numbers now, but remember the Forbes scoring period of the past 12 months, not necessarily a calendar year.

Diddy pulled in a whopping $62 million and sits on top of the list for the second straight year. He has gotten back into music again, but the bulk of the money comes from endorsement deals.

Jay Z and Dr. Dre continue to be businessmen with their earnings, while Drake and Wiz Khalifa combine endorsement deals, live shows and music sold.

Kendrick Lamar has been lauded for his artistry as a recording artist and special performances that highlights the struggles of the African American community, but he is also getting paid quite handsomely for it. He has become a top tier festival artist and his music is selling. He also is being paid well for his deals with Reebok and Calvin Klein.

Pitbull pulled in $20 million because he is Mr. Worldwide and does just about any sponsorship. Just check his social media accounts or ask the good people of Kodiak, Alaska.

Check out the top 20 below.

1. Diddy ($62 million)
2. Jay-Z ($53.5 million)
3. Dr. Dre ($41 million)
4. Drake ($38.5 million)
5. Wiz Khalifa ($24 million)
6. Nicki Minaj ($20.5 million)
7. Pitbull ($20 million)
8. Pharrell Williams ($19.5 million)
9. Kendrick Lamar ($18.5 million)
10. Birdman ($18 million)
11. Kanye West ($17.5 million)
12 DJ Khaled (15 million)
13. A$AP Rocky ($14.5 million)
14. J. Cole ($14 million)
14. Lil Wayne ($14 million)
14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ($14 million)
17. Snoop Dogg ($12.5 million)
18. Eminem ($11 million)
19. Swizz Beatz ($10.5 million)
20. Ludacris ($10 million)
20. Rick Ross ($10 million)

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