Diddy, Jay Z, Drake Top 2015 Hip-Hop Cash Kings List

Diddy, Jay Z, Drake Top 2015 Hip-Hop Cash Kings List
It's not often that earning $33 million in a year registers as something of a failure. But that's the case for rap mogul Dr. Dre, however, who took a massive fall in Forbes' annual ranking of its Hip-Hop Cash Kings list. This year, he was bested by Diddy as the rap industry's biggest earner.

Diddy earned $60 million US this past year thanks to a variety of business ventures, most notably his Ciroc vodka line. Rounding out the top three are Roc Nation boss Jay Z at $56 million and Canadian superstar Drake at $39.5 million. While Drizzy has had his share of lucrative deals, he's the top performer here who earns a large portion of his money from albums and live shows.

Dre, meanwhile, landed in fourth with $33 million. That's chump change next to the $620 million he earned last year when his Beats company was sold to Apple. Pharrell Williams came in fourth, boosted by an active music career, clothing lines and TV gigs.

So where does the man behind this year's most critically revered rap album, Kendrick Lamar, rank? His $12 million puts him at No. 13. Maybe next year he'll put his lyrics on a Sprite can and climb that list. See the full Top 20 — including Eminem, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and more — below.

The Cash Kings list is based on pretax income, and doesn't include the many deductions that come with management, agents, lawyers and others.

Hip-Hop Cash Kings 2015:

1. Diddy ($60 million)
2. Jay Z ($56 million)
3. Drake ($39.5 million)
4. Dr. Dre ($33 million)
5. Pharrell Williams ($32 million)
6. Eminem ($31 million)
7. Kanye West ($22 million)
8. Wiz Khalifa ($21.5 million)
9. Nicki Minaj ($21 million)
10. Birdman ($18 million)
11. Pitbull ($17 million)
12. Lil Wayne ($15 million)
13. Kendrick Lamar ($12 million)
13. J. Cole ($11 million)
14. Snoop Dogg ($10 million)
16. Rick Ross ($9 million)
17. Tech N9ne ($8.5 million)
18. Ludacris ($8 million)
19. T.I. ($6 million)
20. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ($5.5 million)