P. Diddy Emerges Forbes Top Earning Rapper, Beats Jay-Z, Drake
Forbes, Tuesday released its annual list of top earners in the entertainment industry with Diddy — whose real name is Sean Combs coming tops as the world most earning rapper, raking in $60 million from June 2014 to June 2015.
Despite having no current album, though he is said rto be putting finishing touches to releasing one soon, Diddy defeated Jay-Z and drake to clinch the top position.
His earnings come mostly through his business projects, especially his venture selling French-made Ciroc liquor, the wealth magazine said.
Diddy rarely performs and last released an album, “Last Train to Paris,” in 2010.
But Gizzle, an artist signed to his label, recently told the Rap-Up website that Diddy was working on a sequel to his debut 1997 work “No Way Out.”
“No Way Out 2” would be the final album from Diddy, Gizzle said.
Another rapper turned mogul, Jay Z, was close behind at number two by raking in an estimated $56 million, Forbes said.
Jay Z put on a series of sold-out arena shows with his wife Beyonce and has earned money through assets such as Armand de Brignac, a champagne that he bought last year.
Canadian rapper and Apple collaborator Drake came in third at $39.5 million, with Forbes estimating that he earned $1 million per show.
Drake is the only artist to go platinum in the United States, or sell more than one million copies, with an album released this year — the mixtape “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.”
Drake released a new mixtape, “What a Time To Be Alive,” with fellow rapper
Future late Sunday, with Billboard magazine expecting the work to top the latest album chart.
In 2013-14, Forbes said that Dr. Dre topped the list — and set the record for an entertainer of any genre in a year — by earning $620 million.
Dr. Dre had sold Beats, the company he co-founded that is best-known for headphones, to Apple, where he has taken on a corporate role.
Forbes estimated that he came fourth in 2014-15 with $33 million in earnings.
Dr. Dre last month released “Compton,” which he has described as his final album, to accompany the blockbuster film “Straight Outta Compton” about his former band N.W.A.