Who Are Some of the Highest Paid Rappers of 2015?

Who Are Some of the Highest Paid Rappers of 2015?

Some of the highest paid rappers of 2015 are Diddy, Jay-Z, Drake, Dr. Dre and Pharrell Williams, according to Forbes. Some others are Eminem, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa and Nikki Minaj.

Diddy reportedly earned $60 million in 2015, mostly due to his various business ventures and product lines. Jay-Z made $56 million between concert tours and entrepreneurial pursuits. Drake brought in $39.5 million from album sales, tours and lucrative sponsorship deals with companies such as Nike. Dr. Dre made a reported $33 million after releasing a long-awaited album as well as producing "Straight Outta Compton," a biopic about his former rap group NWA. Dre topped the list of top-earning rappers for 2014, earning more than $600 million -- the highest yearly income by an entertainer ever recorded by Forbes.

Pharrell Williams made $32 million in 2015 from various tours, productions, product lines and his regular appearances on the NBC series "The Voice." Eminem made $31 million dollars, Kanye West earned $22 million, Wiz Khalifa made $21.5 million and Nikki Minaj made $20 million for the year. These earnings are estimated by Forbes using a formula that considers pre-tax income, record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, music streaming, product and service endorsements, and other business ventures.