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Hip-hop's highest paid of 2015 revealed

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Jayz and Diddy

The rap mogul, who reverted back to his original "Puff Daddy" moniker ahead of his forthcoming album, earned $60 million over the past year, according to Forbes, securing his spot as this year's hip-hop cash king. The bulk of Diddy's earnings come from Ciroc vodka, but he's had a hand in several other ventures, including TV network Revolt, clothing line Sean John and alkaline water brand Aquahydrate.

Drake released a new mixtape, "What a Time To Be Alive", with fellow rapper Future late Sunday, with Billboard magazine expecting the work to top the latest album chart. Lamar is outspoken about his lack of desire for brand endorsements, as well as being overt in his criticism of the monied music industry. Jay-Z's finances were more musically focussed: profit from his joint concert with wife Beyoncé and entertainment company Roc Nation combined with additional earnings thanks to his Armand de Brignac champagne. In 2015, he ranks at Number Four with a more modest $33 million, with the publication citing his executive-produced NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton and long-awaited comeback LP.

Dr. Dre and Eminem

Combs is also looking to make some cash off of his Alpine, N.J. mansion and Manhattan condo, which are listed for $8.5 and $7.5 million, respectively. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted. "We consider pretax income from touring, record sales, streaming, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other business ventures", Forbes said. Both of his projects will definitely increase Dre's earnings for next year. Speaking of West, he earned $22 million in the past year, putting him at No. 7 on the Forbes list.

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