$63 Million earned by none another than…

Well I wonder when you looked at that heading what names came to mind. I would of said the majority would have said the same as myself if i saw that heading. “The Godfather some say of Hip Hop”, “A Man in his own league others say”, Mr Jay-Z.

In his 2006 hit “Oh My God”, Jay-Z taunted: “What you call money, I pay more in taxes” and it only took him four years to make the lyric a reality. Forbes acknowledged the famed taunt and typed the opening sentence:

“Four years ago Jay-Z issued a lyrical taunt to his fellow rappers: ‘What you call money, I pay more in taxes.’ Turns out his line was more than just a boast.”

The business magazine wasn’t kidding around when they put Hova above his fellow moguls on the list. According to Forbes, his income alone classified Hova within the 35% tax bracket which instantly means he’ll be paying a staggering $22 million to the IRS *cough*. And yes, for some other names in hip hop, that’s more than their total earnings. For clearer illustration, take a look at the top 10 list:

1. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter – $63 Million
2. Sean “Diddy” Combs – $30 million
3. Aliuane “Akon” Thiam – $21 million
4. Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter – $20 million
5. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young – $17 million
6. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges – $16 million
7. Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus – $15 million
8. Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley – $14 million
9. Pharrell Williams – $13 million
10. Kanye West – $12 million

For me the most dramactic is Kanye West after his ordeal at the awards and is now bringing a buzz about his new album coming out, he definetly needs to bring his ranking back up. The 30 million gap between Jay-Z and Diddy is quite a vast one wouldnt have thought that neither. It has also been said though his other half, yes Beyonce Knowles racked up $87 million. Were does all this money come from your thinking, simple branding.


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