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

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!

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Lil Wayne & Nicki Minaj To Spend New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly

Lil Wayne & Nicki Minaj To Spend New Years Eve With Carson Daly

Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and My Chemical Romance are going to be performing live on an NBC Carson Daly Special taking place this Thursday (December 16), in New York at 6:30PM. The show will air live on December 31st at 10PM. If you’re in NY this Thursday, then you can get some FREE tickets to watch the performance which is taking place on a roof top here! But you Wayniacs will have to hurry up, because there are only 500 tickets available and it’s first come, first served.

In other news, Tunechi is MTV News’ #5 Man Of The Year!

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Lil Wayne Is MTV News’ #5 Man Of The Year

His name should be “Mammoth Wayne.” Lil Wayne is going into 2010 just like he went into 2009: on top of the music game. MTV News’ 2008 Man of the Year’s star is so huge and shines so bright that he’s remained a entertainment focal point — breaking touring records for a hip-hop act despite not releasing Rebirth, his much delayed follow-up to last year’s Tha Carter III. The New Orleans Fireman was more popular than most artists who boasted #1 albums; with hit singles, an endless string of guest appearances, introducing rap’s hottest new clique and dropping another classic mixtape.

2009 Highlights: Staying humble but still riding high off of his 2008 Man of the Year win, Wayne sideswiped a potential rap battle with 50 Cent by refusing to engage the G-Unit General, but continuing to do what put in him a preeminent position: make music and perform it for the people. His I Am Music Tour with the likes of T-Pain and Keri Hilson was a huge critical and commercial success. But Wayne’s biggest live show would happen in February at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Weezy, Jay-Z, Kanye and T.I. stole the program with a historic performance of “Swagga Like Us” only for Wayne to return to the same stage later to rep for his hometown with “Tie My Hands.” Wayne was nominated for eight Grammys and left with three, including Best Hip-Hop Album.

February was also a pivotal month in that his musical collaborator and Young Money clique member, Drake, released the mixtape So Far Gone. Drake, our #8 Man of the Year nominee, went on to be the hip-hop rookie of the year with two hit singles and two Grammy nominations. Drake officially became a Young Money artist in late June. Wayne took his entire camp — which includes another budding rap star, Nicki Minaj — out on tour this summer for the America’s Most Wanted Music Festival. That outing and his I Am Music Tour earned a combined record-breaking tally of over $42 million.

Outside of music, Wayne had plenty to keep him busy. BCD Music Group, an independent distribution company based in Texas, put him in the middle of a lawsuit against mixtape king DJ Drama, while Wayne was in full support of a lawsuit to stop the distribution of the documentary “Tha Carter”, which was produced by QD3. In yet another lawsuit, Wayne sued producer Mali Boi for failing to clear a sample of singer Karma-Ann Swanepoel’s “Once.” The folk singer sued Wayne for copyright infringement for use of “Once” on Wayne’s “I Feel Like Dying.” Of course, Wayne’s most troubling court proceedings dealt with his gun-possession case. In October, the acclaimed performer pleaded guilty to gun possession. Weezy is scheduled for sentencing in February, where he is expected to receive one year in jail.

Despite impending prison time, Wayne’s appeal has reached well into the mainstream. He’s had guest appearances on tracks from Madonna to Drake to Cash Money member Jay Sean. Weezy also appeared on ESPN multiple times (also serving as a celebrity blogger for the sports channel), went bowling with Katie Couric for a primetime special and had his own “Behind the Music” episode.

As 2009 came to an end, Wayne — who came in second on MTV News’ Hip-Hop Brain Trust’s Hottest MCs List — dropped his impeccable No Ceilings mixtape. The free CD was meant as a thank-you to all the fans who supported him throughout the year. Meanwhile, as Wayne gears up for the release of the We Are Young Money LP on December 21, he’s still drumming up attention for Rebirth — “Drop the World,” featuring Eminem, was just leaked to the Net Monday.

Via MTV, and Drake got the number 8 spot!

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