By Sandra Birungi
Andre Young, commonly known as Dr. Dre, ; he earns $110 million in pretax earnings making him 2012′s highest paid rapper because of his headphones deal, Beats Headphones as he has not yet finished his Detox album yet.
Sean Combs, or P. Diddy makes number two. He earns $45 million which he manages to bank because of his share of profits from Diageo’s Ciroc vodka.
Shawn Carter, or Jay Z, husband to the most beautiful woman 2012, Beyoncé is number three with $38 million.
Kanye West comes in the number four spot after friend, Jay Z. His relationship with Kim Kardashian has not compromised his earnings as he earned $35 million. he designs shoes for Nike and a line of women’s clothing.
Dwayne Carter, known as “Lil Wayne” banks $27 million making him number five on the list. His latest album, Tha Carter IV, sold a million copies in its first week and in addition, he managed to launch a clothing line Trukfit and a partnership with Pepsi’s Mountain Dew.
Aubrey Drake Graham, or Drake comes in at No. 6 with $20.5 million. The sophomore album moved 631,000 copies in its opening week, fueling his lucrative Club Paradise Tour. He also shills for Sprite and Kodak.
Bryan Williams or ”Birdman” banked $20 million earning him the No. 7 spot on the list. He’s the co-founder and chief of Cash Money Records.
Nicki Minaj with $15.5 million came in at number 8. She is the only female on the list.
Marshall Mathers or ”Eminem” earned $15 million earning him the No. 9 on the list. He is the only artist on the list who made his bank from only music earnings. Eminem sold more albums last decade than any artist in the world.
Christopher Bridges or ”Ludacris” with $12 million came in at number 10. He has ventured into Conjure cognac, headphone line Soul, voiceovers for RadioShack and roles in movies such as Fast Five and New Year’s Eve.