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Forbes’ Top Hip Hop Cash Stars 2011 (TOP 20 LIST)

Forbes Top Hip Hop Cash Stars Earners of 2011

Here it is! One of our favorite type of lists, the Forbes Top Hip Hop Cash stars earning list. Don’t you just love seeing how much these celebrities make every year? Not so surprisingly, Jay-Z tops the big money earners raking in over $37 million this past year.

So who rounds out the list? We’ve got the Forbes Top Hip Hop Cash earners below! Be prepared to do numerous eye rolls.

In another interesting fact, Jay-Z made more money this year than his wife Beyonce did. And Jay will probably hold this title with his new album collaboration and upcoming concert tour with Kanye.

2. Diddy $35 million: Most of Diddy’s earnings come from his clothing lines and his Ciroc vodka deal. Less than 20% of Diddy’s money comes from his music.

3. Kanye West $16 million

4. Lil Wayne $15 million: Despite being incarcerated, Lil Wayne is one of rap’s richest.

5. Birdman $15 million: He’s the Cash Money founder, raking in money from Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

6. Eminem $14 million: His album Recovery sold 5.7 million copies and he snagged up 10 Grammy nominations. his Super Bowl spots earned him some big bucks too.

7. Snoop Dogg $14 million: A new album, touring and endorsements helped Snoop earn big bucks. That Katy Perry collaboration helped as well.

8. Dr. Dre $14 million: He made most of his money from his producer fees and that headphones venture.

9. Akon $13 million: International touring and endorsement deals helped Akon earn some big ching.

10. Ludacris $12 million: Luda made his ching with movies (Fast Five, No Strings Attached and New Year’s Eve), endorsement deals including Trojan condoms and Tag body spray. He also launched headphones and partnered up in the liquor business with cognac.

11. Wiz Khalifa $11 million

12. Drake $11 million

13. Pharrell Williams $10 million

14. Timbaland $7 million

15. Swizz Beatz $6.5 million

16. Nicki Minaj $6.5 million

17. Rick Ross $6 million

18. 50 Cent $6 million

19. Pitbull $6 million

20. T-Pain $6 million

21. B.o.B $5 million

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Danity Donnaly is a Midwestern mama with class, sass and a love for celebrity gossip. D is a former disc jockey and is a fierce dancer who looks forward to that morning cup of coffee. When she’s not delivering the dish, Danity can be found on Twitter talking smack or shaking her bon bon to any jam by Justin Timberlake or attempting to sing one of her favorite Mariah Carey songs without breaking a window. Yep, she’s THAT good!

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