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    Here is the lits of top 20 cash earning Hip-Hop's King:

    20. Jay "Young Jeezy" Jenkins
    $6 million, tie


    Prescient rapper released album The Recession last September; the record debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, sold a quarter million copies in its first week and earned Jeezy a Grammy nomination. Has appeared on hit songs by other artists including fellow Cash King Akon. Earned publicity for his feud with Bill O'Reilly over his performance at a concert celebrating Obama's inauguration.




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    20. Jayceon "The Game" Taylor
    $6 million, tie


    Not to be confused with the Harvard-Yale football game, hip-hop's The Game released LAX, his third studio album, last August. The record has sold nearly 750,000 copies to date. Outside of music, he plugs Skechers, Kangol and British apparel outfit Lonsdale. Film credits include a role in low-budget action flick Waist Deep (2006).



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    20. William "Rick Ross" Roberts
    $6 million, tie


    Rotund rapper took his name from infamous drug trafficker Ricky Ross, lost street cred when it was revealed that he once worked as a corrections officer. No matter: This year, Ross beefed with 50 Cent; released his third album, Deeper Than Rap, which sold nearly 200,000 copies in its first week; and made his Cash Kings debut.



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    20. Tramar "Flo Rida" Dillard
    $6 million, tie


    Cash Kings newcomer splashed onto the scene by rapping about Apple Bottom jeans and Reeboks in last year's hit "Get Low" featuring T-Pain. Followed up with album R.O.O.T.S., which included chart-topper "Right Round," sampled from the 1980s classic by Dead or Alive. No truth to the rumor that he's being sued by the state of Florida for trademark infringement.



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    18. Antwan "Big Boi" Patton
    $7 million, tie


    Member of Georgia duo Outkast, one of the most musically innovative and commercially successful hip-hop acts in history. Their six studio albums have collectively sold over 20 million units. Big Boi spent the past year finishing up solo album Sir Luscious Leftfoot, due out this fall.



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    18. Andre "Andre 3000" Benjamin
    $7 million, tie


    Other half of Outkast is also working on a solo album, but spent more time recently furthering his acting career with a role in the summer blockbuster Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Launched his Benjamin Bixby clothing line last year. Has a penchant for cars and speed: He was busted for doing 109 miles per hour in his Porsche earlier this spring.



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    14. Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean
    $8 million, tie


    Bronx-born prodigy got his start as a producer at age 16, penning the catchy "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" for DMX. Piled up a massive production catalog working with other artists from Busta Rhymes to Jay-Z. Last year's solo debut One Man Band Man underwhelmed, but side gigs keep him afloat--appeared in ads for the Gap and owns a stake in trendy toy company Kidrobot. Pending divorce from singer Mashonda and reported relationship with Alicia Keys have made him a tabloid favorite.



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    14. Clifford "T.I." Harris
    $8 million, tie


    Self-crowned "King of the South" co-founded Grand Hustle Records in 2001 to distribute his mix tapes. In recent years, became a cross-platform star, appearing in films including American Gangster (2007) alongside Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington. Bump in the road: Nabbed on machine-gun charges last year. Started serving a one-year sentence in May--but not before earning a nice chunk of change from his latest album, Paper Trail.



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    14. William "will.i.am" Adams
    $8 million, tie


    Discovered in the early 1990s by Eazy-E of NWA fame, will.i.am became a household name in recent years due to his success as part of the Black Eyed Peas. Singer-rapper-producer now focuses on solo work in and outside music, including roles in recent films Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Outspoken Obama supporter performed at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last fall.



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    14. Lonnie "Common" Lynn, Jr.
    $8 million, tie


    Chicago native is one of hip-hop's most socially conscious artists, supporting PETA and speaking out against the use of homophobic rap lyrics. Album Finding Forever, released in 2007, was nominated for three Grammys. Last year's follow-up, Universal Mind Control, sold 250,000 albums. Endorses Lincoln's Navigator, plugs Microsoft's Zune. Substantial film experience includes roles in Smokin' Aces (2007), Wanted (2008) and Terminator: Salvation (2009).



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    13. Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges
    $10 million


    "Mouth of the South" known as much for his raunchy lyrics as for his public spats with the likes of Bill O'Reilly and Oprah Winfrey. Parlayed musical success into a number of substantial acting roles, including an appearance in Crash, which won the 2005 Oscar for Best Picture. Also one of hip-hop's most consistent performers--his first five solo albums all went platinum. His sixth, Theater of the Mind, was released in November; though it has sold about 700,000 copies so far, still has a chance at 1 million.



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    12. Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus
    $11 million


    Lanky rapper parlayed ****ish image into mainstream fame. Once the embodiment of West Coast gangster rap, revealed a softer side in his reality-TV show Father Hood, now in its second year. Filmed taking care of family pets, teaching his kids about the birds and bees, and managing household matters. Last year's album Ego Trippin sold half a million copies worldwide; his next, due out this year, is rumored to include a track entitled "Snoop Dogg Millionaire."



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    11. Andre "Dr. Dre" Young
    $13 million


    Served as executive producer for Eminem's highly-anticipated album Relapse, which sold over a million U.S. copies in its first month. Legendary rapper-producer is also one of hip-hop's savviest. Unlike many who sell the rights to their songs, Dr. Dre hangs on to most of his; still collects royalties on multiplatinum albums like 1992 classic The Chronic, which sold nearly 10 million copies worldwide



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    10. Marshall "Eminem" Mathers
    $14 million


    Controversial rhymester rapped his way back onto the scene this year with the release of Relapse, his first album in five years. The record, which details Eminem's battle with drug addiction, hit stores on May 15 and sold over a million copies in its first month. Sold 75 million records in his career; 1999 debut album The Slim Shady LP has been certified five-times platinum. Detroit native was recently voted best rapper alive in a poll by Vibe magazine.



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    9. Faheem "T-Pain" Najm
    $15 million


    Circus-themed album Thr33 Ringz debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's chart and has sold nearly 700,000 copies to date. Dreadlocked star also cashed in on a slew of guest appearances, including Flo Rida's "Low" and Kanye West's Grammy-winner "Good Life" last year. Nominated for three more Grammys in 2009. Appearance on Saturday Night Live digital short "On a Boat" became an Internet sensation, earning over 30 million YouTube views. Hip-hop's Jay Leno owns 32 cars, including the first Rolls Royce Phantom convertible sold in the U.S.



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