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Forbes recently released the list of the world’s highest paid hip-hop artists. The most interesting part about this list is that its heavy hitters have made it to the top on way more than their music.

Sure, the music is probably what started it all for them, but since making their first big break, they have all greatly capitalized on their successes. Let’s take a look at the top three alone.

Sean “Diddy” Combs made around $50 million this past year. In addition to his musical talent, such a pay check is due in larger part, according to Forbes, to his “Bad Boy record label, Sean John clothing line and Blue Flame agency.”

This is on top of his biggest revenue stream coming from Diageo’s Ciroc vodka.

Jay Z rang in at number two with $43 million earned this year. In addition to his live shows and his latest album going platinum, he’s capitalized on “Armand de Brignac champagne, D’Ussé cognac, Roc Nation label and management firm.”

Dr. Dre, last year’s highest earner, came in third after the initial wave of profit generated by his headphones has lessened. “Beats by Dr. Dre” catapulted him to the forefront in 2011, which is saddening, considering how insanely overpriced and underwhelming they are.

Nevertheless, he definitely took advantage of his marketing capabilities, so more power to him. Overall, it is impressive that these artists and others like them have turned their careers into multimillion dollar empires.

Article From: EliteDaily.com

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