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Surprise: Kanye West beats out Jay-Z on ‘Forbes’ top rap earners list

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Somewhere, Kim Kardashian is smiling – hard. Pop culture critics and fans obviously erred in writing off her husband, controversial rapper Kanye West, as an artist and wage-earner as he now focuses on his national Sunday Service tour.

Forbes magazine offered up a couple of surprises with their fiscal 2019 count of the top wage earners in the rap game. For the first time ever Kardashian’s hubby beat out Jay-Z while Nicki Minaj fans can cheer loudly as she hauled in a bigger bag than her archrival Cardi B.

“Yeezy is expected to top $1.5 billion in sales this year — or about half of what Nike’s Air Jordan pulls in — boosting West’s pretax income to $150 million over the past year and making him hip-hop’s cash king for the first time ever,” Forbes reports.

“Another career first, West out-earned Jay-Z, who ranks second on this year’s list with $81 million, buoyed by the tail end of his On The Run II tour with wife Beyoncé. Drake, the most-streamed artist of any genre, rounds out the top three with $75 million.”

Overall, earnings among rappers are up significantly from this time last year, Forbes reports, so much so that a hip-hop star needed $18 million just to make the list. Click here to continue.

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