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Lil Wayne Moves Down A Spot, But Makes More Than Last Year On Forbes’ 2012 Hip-Hop “Cash Kings” List

Wed, Sep 5, 2012 by

Even though Lil Wayne has moved down a spot on the 2012 Hip-Hop Cash Kings list created by Forbes from last year, he still made nearly double of what he made in 2011. Weezy came #5 on the list earning $27 million that includes revenue from his latest album Tha Carter IV, his new clothing line TRUKFIT, and his partnership with Mountain Dew for the “DEWeezy” campaign.

The hip-hop artists who came above Tune in the list are: Dr. Dre with $110 million, Diddy with $45 million, Jay-Z with $38 million and Kanye West with $35 million. You can view the top 20 earners list after the jump below, which shows YMCMB’s Drake, Birdman and Nicki Minaj just behind Tunechi!

1. Dr. Dre – $110 million
2. Diddy – $45 million
3. Jay-Z – $38 million
4. Kanye West – $35 million
5. Lil Wayne – $27 million
6. Drake – $20.5 million
7. Birdman – $20 million
8. Nicki Minaj – $15.5 million
9. Eminem – $15 million
10. Ludacris – $12 million
11. Pitbull – $9.5 million
12. Rick Ross – $9 million
13. Wiz Khalifa – $9 million
14. Snoop Lion – $8.5 million
15. 50 Cent – $7.5 million
16. Swizz Beatz – $7 million
17. Pharrell – $7 million
18. Young Jeezy – $7 million
19. Mac Miller – $6.5 million
20. Akon, Timbaland & Tech N9ne – $6 million

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  • Young. Tunechi

    Yo thats some bull lil wayne should be first

  • Rr

    That’s sad !!

  • miyo

    Dr. Dre made all that money from Dre-Beats? Or what?

  • real!

    It sure makes sense Weezy hasn’t toured dis year!so he only relied on carter 4 sales,trukfit is doing well n its pretty new lol!mountain dew and supra added sum millions,etc!but Wayne is sure slipping even Yeezy made more than him (O_o)!but its nt all bad!

  • Sw4g

    Thought Drizzy made $42,600,000 from his Club Paradise Tour?

  • LilGreen

    best! šŸ˜€

  • yeahhh

    weezy is the youngest of the top 5.. just wait till he is as old as kanye and jay gay šŸ˜‰

  • yeahhh

    d4 all day everyday!


  • fuck man,pitbul is a rapper or something??

  • tony_montana

    “Snoop lion” hahahahahaha I will never call him that! Lol and Pitbull?! why the phuq is pitbull on the list?! Haha these niggaz with Animal names make me the phuq up though lol

  • tony_montana

    Oh and congrads to wayne,top 5 in this bitch! And Em stay Winning though,no music,no clothing line no nothing but he’s still in the top ten,s0 S/O to him…

    • I agree, food is an extremely part of any vaaoticn! Your honeymoon looked like a blast!I always love trying new foods especially if they’re native to the country/place that I’m visiting. I’ve done the all inclusive thing and I did exactly what Brandon did and ordered the most expensive’ thing on the menu!

  • YMWeezYCashMoneyFBabyB

    next year weezy will be first just because he signs new contract with cash money for 150 million dollars

  • dank

    Damn tech n9ne made more that a third of Nicki when he’s independent.. no world touring… and without every teenage girl as a fan…DAMN.

  • champion

    how has tech n9ne made 6 million though??

  • wtf

    lil wayne and drake amde more than birdman? nah that cant be right cuz all their money goes to birdman

  • Lockz

    For an artist like Wayne, 27 million is a shit amount.

    He should be up there with Dre, but how da fuck has Dre made over 100 mill with just Beats ?

  • No Worries

    The Throne (Ye and Jay) are probably laughing at Weezy behind them haha!!

  • Jonathan

    I’m extremely proud of Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Birdman! #YMCMB has nothing but CHAMPIONS!

  • Some people just greedy with money, i would do just fine with a 1 mill, or even half

  • kokaine

    Even tho he moved down he still made hella gwop. go weezy


    as u can see weezy earns the most with his music.. u cant call the the rest rapper.. i mean they dont even make much money with music

  • yeahhh

    dre just sold beats to a other company.. so this is not a avarage just one big business result, next year he will probably be around 10

  • yeahhh

    and just watch wayne going to be #1 on this list if he is about 35-40 years old

  • Errol dwayne

    hahaha Birdman u e best man makin 20mill witout any album lets go stunner-man!!


    Where da fuck is tyga

  • wegwreg

    Tyler, The Creator didn’t get any from Loiter Squad or OF Tape Vol 2?

  • yeahhh

    lil wayne: i aint got no worryss

  • ibc

    @wegwreg of course but the dude isn’t that fucking rich yet, prolly worth about 3-4 mill.

  • golu

    wayne wont have that much in 2 years whatch

  • Check this cool artwork inspired by Lil Wayne punchline

  • loosey

    imma big wayne fan but most of you niggas make a fool of ya self fuck who should be first im focused on getting my name on there…. young money muthafucker

  • Cheez in the trap

    Your retarded dr dre is bout to make a shitload more if detox ever comes out that shit will male him so much money


    @everyone saying Wayne is going to be #1
    wayne ain’t even bout to be on that list in a couple years that motherfucker is dropping fans by the day by the time he’s 40 he will have a total of like 10 fans and he prob won’t even be rapping anymore all he’s gonna do is skate

  • its about how old are you like dr.dre got 50 years he even doin nothin and eminem to. they even doing music and both are 50 wait to lil wayne in 10 more years he will get like 500 million and no lie dats true he works very hard

  • ineye gabriel

    i dont believe this shit . #simple

  • Zay

    He made a verse for all u haters on this website, fuck you I rather skate shoot u all in ur database. Lol

  • Dynoo

    I Thought He Made 100 Million Dollars Flat?

  • aa

    That’s not all there money its just an they give or show the government so they won’t get taxed even more

  • Were that hell am I I? It’s a lie motherfreakers!

  • weezy u da bomb kip ballin on these niggerz n fuck u haterz…. coz he aint got no worries

  • superlabel

    4 young money rappers on top 10, YMCMB we winning

  • yeahhh

    @Cheez in the trap

    Come with facts nigga, if you have listened good to dedication 4, what you probably didnt.. he says ‘I’m skatin’ and rappin’ at the same damn time
    I said I might retire, but y’all know I be high’

    And believe me that nigga will be in the top over a couple years, you saying he losing fans.. but his old fans still downloading his shit.. and weezy still get new fans everyday.. numbers dont lie..

  • yeahhh

    check up livemixtapes, who is doing that 1.5 mil vieuws within just 24 hours?

    your favorite rapper isn’t doing that..

  • yeahhh

    other fact is that you probably didn’t know, weezy signed a couple months ago a 150 mil contract with birdman for just 4 albums.. biggest deal in urban/hiphop/r&b music ever done in history.. who can get such a deal? tell me haters..

  • DetrOit kills D4

    Big Sean kills d4 with his mixtape. Boi! This my roll weed time!! Banga str8 bannga yea I’m The one these hating niggas despise because this my roll weed time

  • Detroit kills D4

    Big Sean is murder weezy sux dick nigga he’s a bi faggot haha. While we over here grinding good music weezy making shitty Ass albums. He should be called greezy because he’s a sucky artist these days. Ha put on big Sean and tell me his mixtape sux. Well if you do then you know your lien to yourself give up niggas weezy = failur/ dissappointment

  • Detroit kills D4

    More like weezy who. The illuminati is making Wayne look like shit legit. See what they do theyake you huge the. Get you hooked on drugs make you start falling off then kill you. If your a legend they take you out. That simple weezy a Conner illuminati for dayz

  • yeahhh

    come back when big gay is doing same numbers šŸ˜‰

  • Detroit kills d4

    @yea. Ok why don’t you Liston to the mixtape first he goes hard rhymes way faster then weezy oh yea and tells story’s rather then just talk about bitches. Big Sean isent repetitive like weezy he actually makes sense and keeps you listing because it is a story of the best city in the world DETROIT

  • Ross works too hard he shoud b at da top, an skate board P cmon go up boi. props to Tech9ne an macmiller hustlin niggas!

  • yeahhh

    @detroit thats because big sean is in the beginning of his career compared to weezy, big sean hungry.. but weezy reached nearly everything, back when weezy was hungry he had also music with more meaning and nice story’s (listen c1, c2 and old mixtapes).. right now weezy leanin back and playing around.. and if u be fair just admit weezy comes these days with the sickest metaphors.. but with no message in his songs thats truth..

  • Detroit kills d4

    TRU weezy used to be nice exactly I feel you tho nigga he had OG story’s Just saying five Detroit is a Banga

  • YMCMB we winning. Ball till yo fall nigga

  • @Detroit kills D4

    “Banga str8 bannga yea Iā€™m The one these hating niggas despise”

    You sound like a fucking retard. Less “roll weed time” and more read a book time.

  • Birdman jwz

    im a big weezy fan but the mixtape is so wack if you listen it 2 times you have enough of it

  • Big Daddy Maine

    hahha weezy at vma with his dr dre on he hearts nothing

  • Emily

    Lil wayne is the best rapper alive …. Best rapper ever and he deffinetly should have been first

  • VMAs

    That lil nigga Wayne just killed his performance at VMAs

  • holland

    HAHHA weezy is crazy

  • I l3ang ur sis

    RT @VMAs Weezy did killed the vmas


    kill lil wayne.

  • Jordan

    Wezzy only that low because everybody illegal downloads his music haha