(AllHipHop News) The careers of J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Wiz Khalifa have all gotten off to a tremendous start. All four emcees experienced chart topping music, successful tours, and award nominations. They can also add another accolade to their resumes. Cole, K. Dot, Drizzy, and Wiz were all named to Forbes’ third annual ”30 Under 30″ list for musicians.
On J. Cole the magazine writes:
Jay Z’s first signing at Roc Nation is now a hip-hop force in his own right. Sophomore album Born Sinner debuted at No. 2 on the charts with sales of 297,000, nearly matching Kanye West’s Yeezus. Now grossing six figures per night on his world tour, Cole is here to stay.
The former Degrassi star has pulled in over $30 million in the past two years, boosted by live shows and endorsements with the likes of Sprite and Kodak. Look for him to build on that with his latest arena tour in support of new album Nothing Was The Same.
On Kendrick Lamar:
Dr. Dre’s latest protégé earned $9 million last year after releasing smash hit Good Kid, m.A.A.d City and playing over 100 live shows. Better yet: he earned seven Grammy nominations, more than any other artist besides Jay Z.
On Wiz Khalifa:
“My flow’s so sick you might want to absorb this,” the Pittsburgh native rapped last year. “Best believe every year young Khalifa gonna make that Forbes list.” He has, for the third consecutive year, while raking in $14 million from strong sales of his music, merch and concert tickets.
Other artists to make Forbes’ “30 Under 30″ music list include Rihanna, Miguel, and Janelle Monae. The sports list features Kevin Durant, Brittney Griner, LeBron James, and Derrick Rose.