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Making It Rain: The 10 Most Successful Hip Hop Vanity Labels Ever

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-By Georgette Pierre

Over the past decade, hip-hop record labels have been churning out radio hits, platinum selling albums, and major star power. Some of these already-famous megastars have gotten in on the industry game, founding record imprints of their own! Despite the derisive-sounding tag of “vanity label,” these artist-founded subsidiaries offer up some of the biggest smashes and most important rap releases of recent times.

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Who Are The Dream’s Top Five Producers?

When Jay-Z debuted the commercial announcement for the upcoming Magna Carta Holy Grail people went crazy seeing four legendary producers, in one room, working on Hov’s project. The Dream knows a thing or two about producing–”Single Ladies” anyone?–and he certainly has his favorites in the game. Read more…

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And The Highest Paid Musician Of 2012 Is….Dr. Dre?

The Forbes list of the highest paid musicians is out and if you’re not familiar with the finances of your favorite artists, there might be some surprises in there. Firstly, everyone’s favorite non-practicing self-proclaimed Dr. Dre is at the top of the list. Why? His album is forever delayed! Ah but you forget: Actual music doesn’t pay that much anymore.

Dre’s bundle of cash ($110 million to be more specific) is mostly due to the overwhelmingly popular Beats By Dre line of audio electronics–Forbes reports: “He collected $100 million pretax when handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company last year, at the beginning of our scoring period; he and his partners later bought back half of what they sold.” So if Dre’s long-awaited, many-times-pushed-back album never actually comes to fruition, you know who to blame. Blame HTC and the millions of people rocking those Beats headphones across the globe. Those bragging rights that come from hip-hop songs about cars and clothes and girls? Dre doesn’t need them anymore.

Just who else was in the top 10?

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Dr. Dre Is Hip-Hop’s Cash King And We Wish We’d Invented Beats By Dre

Dr. Dre Is The Cash King Topping Forbes List

Now that the Forbes highest earners in hip-hop list is out we have one wish: that we’d invented Beats By Dre. Topping the list as this year’s Hip-Hop Cash King, Dr. Dre raked in $110 million largely due to his popular $100 and up headphones. Dre made $100 million pre-tax money after HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company last year. Being the businessman that he is, Dre and his partners bought back the 51% stake HTC purchased. With the kind of revenue Beats By Dre is bringing in we get why Detox seems like the album that will never be. Read more…