17. Tech N9ne – $8.5 million

The Kansas City rapper out-earned bigger names thanks to a staggering work ethic, playing 132 shows in our scoring period, the most of any hip-hop cash king. He also gets to keep more of the gross from shows and record sales because he owns his own touring and recording operations.


18. Ludacris – $8 million

Like fellow Cash King Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris has reaped major rewards from the success of Furious 7. In his case, the big payday came from acting inthe movie—a role that landed him millions. He also released new album Ludaversal in March; it peaked at No. 3 on the charts and sold 62,000 copies its opening week.