Looks like the Jiggaman is beginning this week with a view from the top on all counts. Not only is his collaborative LP with Kanye West, Watch The Throne looking like it will be taking the crown on several charts globally, Jay-Z has taken the top spot on the Forbes 2011 Hip-Hop list with a total of $37 million in earnings.
Mr Carter is followed on the list by Diddy with $35 million and Kanye with $15 million. Also the Young Money barbie makes an impact on the list Nicki Minaj and makes history as the first female rapper on the rich list.
Check out the top 20 list below.
1. Jay-Z – $37 Million
2. Diddy – $35 Million
3. Kanye West – $16 Million
4. Lil Wayne and Birdman – $15 Million
6. Eminem, Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre – $14 Million
9. Akon – $13 Million
10. Ludacris – $12 Million
11. Wiz Khalifa & Drake – $11 Million
13. Pharrrell – $10 Million
14. Timbaland – $7 Million
15. Swizz Beatz & Nicki Minaj – $6.5 Million
17. Rick Ross, Pitbull & 50 Cent – $6 Million
20. T-Pain & B.o.B – $5 Million
Fueled by the tail end of his Blueprint 3 Tour and a vast portfolio of business interests, Jay-Z barely edged second-ranked Diddy—who raked in $35 million, roughly half of that total coming from a lucrative partnership with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka—but handily topped West, who earned $16 million. The duo is steaming ahead with plans for co-headlining tour starting this fall.