Jay Z, Dr. Dre, Puffy — nobody’s really surprised to see them top any popular lists these days. They’ve had it all, and have been recognized — no, worshipped — more than nearly anybody in the game. Drake’s been finding his way onto all the relevant hip-hop lists lately, too.
All four artists, once again, found themselves on Forbes’ “The World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities” list (for 2017). As we said, no surprise there!
However, this year’s list contains a newcomer, and he got there thanks to his illustrious rap career.
According to Forbes, Chance The Rapper brought in $33 million last year alone. Not a bad year.
Chance’s spot was #95, putting him more than at arm’s length away from Jay and Dre. Still, it’s nice to see another hip-hop mogul on the top of their game creeping their way onto one of the most respected lists in the whole industry.
It’s also worth noting that Chance is one of the youngest celebrities on the entire list. Only Kylie Jenner, Justin Bieber, and Jordan Spieth have less birthdays to their names.
As impressive as that is, it’s even more impressive that the Chicago native’s career isn’t as “robust” as many of the other A-listers’ — he has yet to sell any physical copies of his projects. By anyone’s standards, he’s killing the game, and finding new ways to do it.
“I think the free part of it is more of an attention grabbing thing and something that people can use as a marker to track what I’m doing,” he told interviewers in 2016. “Since I was 15 or 16 passing out mixtapes outside of my high school, I always gave them away for free.”
With endorsement deals from companies like Kit Kat and Apple, we’re likely to see Chance on the list, and hopefully higher on that list, next year.
He deserves it, after all. This winter, he gave $1 million to Chicago Public Schools.
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