Forbes has shared its annual list of the highest-paid hip-hop acts for 2019. Topping this year’s list for the first time in his career is Kanye West with a pretax income of $150 million USD, hugely thanks to YEEZY’s expected $1.5 billion USD sales grab. He jumps from last year’s No. 10 spot to outrank JAY-Z, 2018’s top earner, who steps down to No. 2 with $81 million USD.
Coming at No. 3 is Drake, moving up one spot with $75 million USD. He’s followed by Diddy who falls from last year’s No. 2 to No. 4 with $70 million USD, succeeded by Travis Scott at No. 5 whose $58 million USD kicks him up from 2018’s No. 15 spot. Eminem also climbs an impressive seven spots to No. 6 with $50 million USD, just above DJ Khaled’s $40 million USD and Kendrick Lamar’s $38.5 million USD. Rounding out this year’s top 10 are trap trio Migos with $36 million USD at No. 9 and Childish Gambino at No. 10 with $35 million USD.
With the much anticipated Lil Wayne project, Tha Carter V being released today, that will be what the hip hop community is focusing on. Kanye West has also announced he will be releasing his new project Yandhi as well this weekend.
In a tweet Ye, has paid homage to Lil Wayne and respectfully announced he won’t release his project on the same day, but a day later. This is what I call Real Recognising Real, and Legends work together instead of against each other.
FADER – ‘rather than ‘breaking’ America, I just want British rap to be treated as just another state – Britain is just another place that raps,’ London grime don SKEPTA told FADER last September .The MC has been grinding at his craft for the past decade, and built strong ties with NYC’s underground over the past couple of years.
Skepta, his goal got a boost this past month when both Kanye and Drake showed they’ve finally caught up and caught on to SKEPTA, And grime in general; that BRITs performance and that album shoutout (and borrowed line), respectively. Now he’s letting his music to the talking with this heavy track from his forthcoming album, #Konnichiwa. Mastered late last night in London, it’s called ‘SHUTDOWN’ and finds the sharp-footed MC spelling out his come up, while also signalling what he’s up against by including what sounds like an audio rip of a starkly ignorant viewer complaint about the BRITs show.
“This is my new single ‘SHUTDOWN’ produced by myself and Ragz Originale from my upcoming album #Konnichiwa,” Skepta told The FADER via email. “We made about 7 different instrumentals to it but this one was the maddest. Vine has already been going nuts for the video clips we put up from the studio, can’t wait to touch a dance with this one. Big up my bro Drake on the sample, trust me listen.” Yep, that’s Drizzy in actor mode at the end.
Following the huge single ‘I Don’t F**k With You’ currently dominating US Top 40 radio and clocking over 30 million views of the video on You Tube, Detroit artist Big Sean announces his new album ‘Dark Sky Paradise’ released via Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music and Def Jam / Virgin EMI.
I’ve given this album my 24 hour listening test, and I can confirm this is worth the money. Big Sean drops some heat in the form of tracks IDFWU, Paradise, Deep and the newest club banger Blessings. The album features appearances from PARTYNEXTDOOR, Drake, Lil Wayne, John Legend and of course G.O.O.D. Music General, Kanye West.
My personal favourite pick from the album is the track “I Know” featuring Jhen Aiko, produced by DJ Mustard. Not your usual DJ Mustard production, and certainly not what you would expect from Big Sean. He promised a new direction, new creativity, and new energy with album, and he has delivered just that. I will keep this album on my iPhone for a while, and certainly continue to play his club bangers in my sets.
Adidas and Kanye West finally unveiled his first collaboration collection, called Yeezy Season 1, to the world on Thursday 13th February, at a secret fashion show in New York, and via link worldwide, which was stream at selected cinemas. If you wasn’t lucky enough to get a ticket to either showing, here is the full video of the collection being unveiled. One thing that Kanye has proved to the world, once again, is that he is an artist, and I look forward to the official look book on this collection, and more in the future from Adidas and Kanye West.