- [Narrator] If you haven't noticed,
the rap business has changed.
You probably know this because you and all your friends
likely haven't paid for an artist's music in a minute.
Due to torrenting, streaming, and music sharing,
basically the internet,
records just don't sell like they use to.
So with record purchases more or less
going the way of Blockbuster rentals,
those who make their living through music
have had to find another way to make money.
The answer: touring.
Here are the top 20 rappers
with the most expensive booking fees in 2017.
His name may be related to the famous film company,
but Kodak Black is not just taking pictures with money.
He is getting 20 thousand to 30 thousand
every time he hits the stage.
This Florida rapper of Haitian roots will continue
to get rich as long as he can put
his legal troubles to rest.
Atlanta rapper 21 Savage maybe one of the newer names
on this list, but he is already raking in
at least 33 thousand dollars per show.
With popular tracks like No Heart, X, and XXL Freshman,
21 Savage is just getting started with his cash collection.
It is absolutely no surprise that Georgia rapper Lil Yachty
is making 40 thousand dollars each show.
Yachty has appeared in a Spray commercial with Lebron James.
He was cleverly picked to be the face of the Nautica
and Urban Outfitter collection.
and Yachty's and Targets,
It Takes Two video, with Carly Rae Jepsen.
With over 1.1 million Twitter followers
and over one million YouTube subscribers,
Lil Uzi Vert isn't having any trouble
getting his 45 thousand dollar performance price.
With successful influences on his career,
such as ASAP Rocky, Marilyn Manson,
Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne,
that show fee should surely be going up very soon.
Rick Ross's charisma, big boss status,
and long legacy in the music industry
has solidified his pay rate of an astounding
50 thousand dollars per show.
Big Sean's latest hit record, I Decided,
along with his previous albums, Finally Famous,
Hall of Fame, and Dark Sky Paradise,
have added onto this young Detroit rapper's
stellar 75 thousand dollar earnings per show.
Despite negative press from his feud with Drake
and breaking up with mega star Nicki Minaj,
there is still no shortage of fans and money for Meek Mill.
He doesn't have to perform for less
than 80 thousand dollars.
Even though it's been somewhat
of a relaxed few years for Rocky
in terms of his musical output,
he still gets 80 thousand dollars per show.
Group that together with guest appearances from
ASAP Mob and it's easy to see why he demands
80 thousand dollars per show.
Atlanta has many rappers that have made this list,
including Young Thug with 100 thousand dollars
per performance, it's a good thing that
he's serious bank per show
because he has six children by four different women.
Anyone who's ever been to one of Travis Scott's live shows
has to feel like this is a bargain
for how hard dude goes at every performance.
Travis rocks out on stage to the tune
of 110 thousand dollars every performance.
Signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation,
J. Cole is the purely gifted MC
who doesn't need guest appearances
to make platinum selling albums
or to earn 120 thousand dollars on stage.
Another titan of the Atlanta rap scene
has arrived on this list.
Future may chart history by scoring two different
number one albums two weeks in a row.
When he dropped Future and Hendrix,
couple that with Future's determination
to have at least one mega hit per year
and it's easy to see why Future makes
over 130 thousand dollars per show.
Migos keep cranking out the hits and the dollars
with their asking price of at least
150 thousand dollars per show.
With songs like Bad and Boujee, T-Shirt,
and damn near the entire Culture album,
there is still no stopping Quavo,
Offset, and Takeoff from moving up
the ranks of the music world.
King Kendrick released Damn in 2017
and continues to be considered
the greatest hip hop artist of his generation,
earning a monstrous 150 thousand plus
every time he performs,
yeah, 150 thousand is a lot of money,
but it fills low for one of the premier names in hip hop
and it will only go up as Kendrick's star continues to rise.
Chance the Rapper has graduated to being
Chance the Grammy winning Rapper,
making an incredible 220 thousand dollars
for his strong stage presence
and that's without a pesky 360 deal
taking some of his precious show money.
The queen of current hip hop,
Nicki Minaj gets paid 250 thousand dollars
each time she leaves her queendom
to perform for her loyal supporters.
Lil Wayne has been getting 300 thousand dollars per show
since the Tha Carter III launched him
into international stardom.
While haters incorrectly declared
that Wayne fell off with his lack of music
due to legal issues with Birdman,
he is still a top 10 rapper of all time.
While Drake hasn't played any major festivals
where rappers can make the most money,
besides his own OVO since going from the boy to the man,
Jersey still commands a hefty price for his services
averaging anywhere between 400 thousand
to 800 thousand per show.
Kanye's hit fill discography including The College Dropout,
Graduation, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
has led him getting a super huge range
of 500 thousand to one million for each performance.
Jay-Z is easily the top contender on this list
of large loot earners.
In order for Jay-Z to leave his business empire
to roll out his huge collage of hits on stage,
be ready to have at least one million dollars to book him.