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Dr. Dre has made to the top of Forbes annual list of hip hop biggest earners thanks to his high end headphones.
According to Forbes Hip Hop Cash Kings list, Dre earned 110 million dollars before taxes last year, thanks largely to his Beats by Dr. Dre premium headphones company, the New York Post reported.
Jay Z, last year top earner, ranked third this year with 38 million dollars, pulling in more than half of that from outside ventures like his ownership stake in the Nets and a deal with Duracell.
Kanye West and Lil Wayne round out the top five with a mix of earnings from albums, tours and endorsement deals.
Drake and Nicki Minaj took in 20.5 million dollars and 15.5 million dollars off albums, tours and endorsements to snag the sixth and eighth spots.
Ludacris came in 10th with 12 million dollars from movie roles, voiceovers, his own headphone line and other ventures.
Eminem, who earned 15 million dollars, is making the majority of his money from music. Marshall Mathers sold more albums in the last decade than any other artist and continues to cash in from his back catalog and concerts.