Kanye beat Jay-Z this year, taking the #1 spot on Forbes’ list of highest paid hip-hop names.

The list of 20 artists features many of the usuals, though when it came down to the top two, it was only ever going to be between Jay-Z, hip-hop’s first billionaire, and Yeezus.

Bearing in mind, this list is only for 2019, so in a lot of ways Kanye’s jump in wealth has made total sense. The expansion of his Yeezy brand has brought Kanye more dosh than his music has we daresay, with the rapper set to rake in a whopping $150 million, pre-tax.

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Jay-Z isn’t struggling though, taking in $81 million for the #2 spot, while Drake, Diddy and Travis Scott complete the Top Five on the list.

Drake’s tidy sum of $75 million comes off the back of another successful year of music sales and touring, the release of Scorpion boosted the Canadian to becoming the most-streamed artist of genres across the board.

Newcomers to the Forbes list include Donald Glover (#10 at $35 million) and Cardi B (#13 at $28 million). Cardi and Nicki Minaj (#12 at $29 million) are the only two women to feature on the list.

Check out the full list below.

The World’s 20 Top-Earning Hip-Hop Acts

Kanye West ($150 million)
Jay-Z ($81 million)
Drake ($75 million)
Diddy ($70 million)
Travis Scott ($58 million)
Eminem ($50 million)
DJ Khaled ($40 million)
Kendrick Lamar ($38.5 million)
Migos ($36 million)
Childish Gambino ($35 million)
J. Cole ($31 million)
Nicki Minaj ($29 million)
Cardi B ($28 million)
Swizz Beatz ($23 million)
Meek Mill ($21 million)
Birdman ($20 million)
Future ($19.5 million)
Nas ($19 million)
Wiz Khalifa ($18.5 million)
Pitbull ($18 million)