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Top 20 highest earning Hip Hop stars of 2018

Published: 22/Sep/2018 0:46 Updated: 22/Sep/2018 1:09

by Virginia Glaze


Hip Hop artists are dominating the music industry, and are also out-earning some of the business’s top breadwinners.

According to, ten of the highest-earning hip hop artists have collectively earned over $405.5 million, beating out the EDM industry by approximately $145 million.

Forbes compiled a list of hip hop’s top earners, using pre-taxed, annual incomes from the artists’ tours, record sales, streaming, endorsements, and more from June 2017 to present.

Of the twenty artists mentioned were Swizz Beatz, DJ Khaled, and Dr. Dre, who partly owe this year’s wealth to their deals with other companies. Swizz signed a multimillion dollar contract with Rum brand Bacardi, challenging both himself and the company to, “get creative and get disruptive,” while DJ Khaled made deals with the likes of Apple, Ciroc, and Weight Watchers.

Also on the list were musicians who haven’t made much of a recent showing, Lil Wayne and Eminem among them. While Eminem was largely silent up until his recent release of Kamikaze, Lil Wayne hasn’t released a solo album in five years. However, that didn’t stop him from signing a multi-million dollar deal with his label, which could hint at an upcoming release of Tha Carter V.

The top ten earners included the likes of Kanye West, Future, and Pitbull, who continues to cash in under the historic ‘Mr. WorldWide’ nickname. 

The top five hip hop stars counted down as J. Cole, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and P. Diddy, with Jay-Z taking the number one spot with approximately $76.5 million earnings from 2017-2018.

The full list of top-earning artists is as follows:

20. Swizz Beatz ($15 million) / Russ ($15 million) / Meek Mill ($15 million)

19. Logic ($17 million)

18. Lil Wayne ($19 million)

17. Lil Uzi Vert ($19.5 million)

16. Birdman ($20 million)

15. Travis Scott ($21 million)

14. Chance the Rapper ($21.5 million)

13. Eminem ($23 million)

12. Migos ($24.5 million)

11. DJ Khaled ($27 million)

10. Kanye West ($27.5 million)

9. Future ($30 million)

8. Pitbull ($32 million)

6. Nas ($35 million) / Dr. Dre ($35 million)

5. J. Cole ($35.5 million)

4. Drake ($47 million)

3. Kendrick Lamar ($58 million)

2. Diddy ($64 million)

1. Jay-Z ($76.5 million)


Myth justifies surprising decision to unfollow everyone on social media

Published: 3/Dec/2020 7:58

by Brad Norton


Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani is taking a new approach on social media, as the popular TSM content creator has revealed why he felt it was time to “experiment” by unfollowing everyone on all of his accounts.

Myth is one of the most popular content creators on the internet. The 21-year-old boasts over seven million followers on both Twitch and Instagram, with another four million subscribers on YouTube as well. He’s grown a massive community with his energetic vibes and impressive gameplay, but Myth just made a drastic change.

Across all social media accounts, the content creator has now wiped the slate clean. He no longer follows any streamer pals, no business contacts, or anyone in between. Myth follows a grand total of zero accounts across all of his platforms.

Why make such a sudden change? Myth explained it all in a series of tweets on December 2. In a difficult year as it is, he felt it was the right time to “experiment with having zero people followed across [his] social media sites.”

One of the main factors behind this decision was to stop himself from “comparing” to others. It can be easy to see idyllic Instagram posts, for instance, and feel a little down in the dumps by comparison. Everyone can empathize with that experience these days. So in order to block it out, his social media is now wiped clean.

The current global crisis certainly didn’t help either. “I’ve had some of the loneliest moments of my life,” he explained. “Social media doesn’t make that feeling any better, at least with the way I currently use it. It just ends up making me feel like other people got it better”

Obviously, most social media personalities are often sharing the highlights in their lives. Rarely do we see our favorite content creators truly breaking down that barrier and sharing everything. Most of the time, we only see what they want us to see. Myth is well aware of this and understands “that’s not the full reality of things.”

Despite this, it’s still a “really draining mindset to have,” he explained. “I wanna eradicate it.” In light of his transparency, countless others reached out to commend his decision. 

“You’re an amazing streamer,” Dakotaz followed up. “Do whatever you gotta do.”

While Myth has unfollowed everyone, he wanted to stress that he’ll still be active and interacting with his fanbase. “I can still see and appreciate comments and messages,” he added.

Don’t expect Myth to keep his accounts this clean forever though. It may be a solid reprieve during this chaotic year, but even he joked that in “six months [he’ll] definitely be back” to his usual ways.