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By 08.17.10

Forbes just released its “Cash Kings” list that highlights the top 20 earners in Hip-Hop. I usually ignore these lists because they only serve to depress me and make me weep into my government cheese sandwiches. But this year’s list was interesting for one reason: Curtis.

The perennial top-5 moneymaker wasn’t anywhere near the top of the list. He’s 14, making “only” $8 million in 2010. It’s shocking because he made over $100 million in 2008 and $20 million in 2009. Granted the huge income in 2008 came from Vitamin Water, but still, he’s making chump change in comparison to what he made last year. Of course, I’d shoot your puppy in its sleep to make eight milli, but Curtis has got to be hurting. If not in his pocket book, definitely in pride.

The full list, if you care:

1. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter – $63 Million

2. Sean “Diddy” Combs – $30 Million

3. Aliuane “Akon” Thiam – $21 Million

4. D’Wayne “Lil’ Wayne” Carter – $20 Million

5. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young – $17 Million

6. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges – $16 Million

7. Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus – $15 Million

8. Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley – $14 Million

9. Pharrell Williams – $13 Million

10. Kanye West – $12 Million

11. Aubrey “Drake” Graham – $10 Million

12. Clifford “T.I.” Harris – $9 Million, Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean – $9 Million (tie)

14. Marshall “Eminem” Mathers, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Jay “Young Jeezy” Jenkins – $8 Million (tie)

17. Lonnie “Common” Lynn Jr. – $7 Million

18. DeAndre “Soulja Boy” Way, Faheem “T-Pain” Najm – $6 Million

20. Jonathan “Lil’ Jon” Smith, Radric “Gucci Mane” Davis, William “Rick Ross” Roberts – $5 Million

Hip-Hop Cash Kings [Forbes]


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