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Top 20 Rappers With the Most Expensive Booking Fees (2019)


There are plenty of privileges afforded to rappers that break
on to to the other side of the music industry,
the area of entertainment that is paved in gold
and platinum plaques, and where you breath hit
songs as your oxygen. There are more romantic
offers than you could, or should, possibly respond to. There’s the ability to get paid to travel to every country imaginable, thanks to loaded touring schedules. But last, but certainly not least, there’s the overflowing flood
of more money per concert than most people earn in an entire year. Whether you’re a curious fan\, an up-and-coming rap artist seeking something to inspire you, or a hip-hop show promoter,
HipHopMadness presents the Top 20 Highest Rapper
Booking Fees for 2019. At number 20, we have Blueface, 40,000. Expect the unexpected from
Los Angeles rapper Blueface who is already banking 40 grand a show. What other rapper’s resume
includes the Crips street gang, a McDonald’s commercial as a kid, a football scholarship to play at Fayetteville State University, The Game’s manager, Wack 100, and Cash Money’s Baby
handling the business, and a platinum hit popping
off like “Thotiana”? At number 19, we have DaBaby at 50,000. When it comes to repping North Carolina, J. Cole is not alone thanks to DaBaby. Straight outta Charlotte,
North Carolina, DaBaby, who once literally wore just
a diaper and some footwear to South by Southwest Music Festival, is bringing home $50,000 per performance. Cloaked in controversy with a platinum track, “Suge,”
named after Suge Knight, and the deadly shooting of a 19-year-old in self defense at a Walmart, we aren’t done hearing from the gold-certified Baby on
Baby Interscope Records artist. At number 18, we have
A Boogie wit da Hoodie, at 55,000 to 65,000. A Boogie wit da Hoodie is also A Boogie wit da 55 to
65,000 pay days on stage. Emerging out of the Bronx, New York and the Soundcloud rap era, A Boogie is coming of his late
2018 platinum “Hoodie SZN,” with large features from
the likes of Offset, Tyga, Young Thug, Nav, 6ix9ine, Juice
Wrld, Lil Durk and PnB Rock. At number 17, we have Gunna and Lil Baby, each make about 60,000. Atlanta, Georgia is not done
birthing hit-making rappers, and Gunna and Lil Baby are
proof of that Atlanta legacy, with each of them
clocking in about $60,000 when they turn their live mics on. Gunna, who allegedly
taught Lil Baby how to rap, is rocking with him and the
dynamic Quality Control label. It is obvious that both Gunna
and Lil Baby will continue to drip too hard like their
triple-platinum smash. At number 16, we got Juice Wrld at 70,000. He may be from the Chicago area, but Juice Wrld is the name of the planet that this rapper’s talent lives on. Barely in his twenties, Juice Wrld is gigging all over the globe to the tune of $70,000. If you sense hip-hop
and roll in his music, you’ve passed your hearing test, because his influences include
Kanye West, Black Sabbath, Wu-Tang Clan, Megadeth,
Chief Keef, Billy Idol, Eminem, and Fall Out Boy. At number 15, we have Lil Nas X at 70,000. Lil Nas X may not rap like Lil
Wayne, Nas or DMX combined, that would be truly amazing, but in less than a year, X
is already grossing $70,000 each time he puts on
his cowboy hat and boots for an audience. Off the pop culture super
nova “Old Town Road,” this gay-identifying
rapper-meets-country music performer is riding through 2019 on
horseback at top speed. At number 14, we have Lil Pump at $75,000. The Gucci Gang rapper, Lil
Pump, put up ridiculous numbers again with Kanye West on
the track “I Love It.” This teen sensation is literally able to pump $75,000 per show into his pockets and has also been named
as one of the 30 Under 30 by Forbes in 2019. At number 13, we have 21 Savage at 80,000. 21 Savage may be an Atlanta
rapper with British roots, but his accent is all
money whenever he performs, to the amount of $80,000 per show. 21 has won a Billboard
Music Award for Top Rap Song and an MTV Video Music
Award for Song of the Year, thanks to “Rockstar” with Post Malone. At number 12, we have Tyga
at $80,000 to $100,000. He may have left the building
over at Cash Money Records, but Tyga is far from finished. Generating a gold album
in 2019 with “Legendary,” under his own Last Kings imprint, and last year’s 5-times
platinum summer song “Taste,” Tyga has no problem making
$80,000 to $100,000 live. At number 11, we have G-Eazy at 90,000. G-Eazy’s NBA home team,
the Golden State Warriors, may have lost to the Toronto Raptors, but G is still winning in the game of rap, making $90,000 when he hits the stage. He remains a go-to guy for features, getting on songs with Chris
Brown, Tyga, and Vic Mensa. At number 10, we have Meek Mill, 100,000. Having reunited with
his once rap-rival Drake with a double Platinum
hit like “Going Bad,” and becoming a respected
advocate of prison reform, Meek Mill, The Fresh Prince of Philly, is going stronger than ever with a cool six-figure
$100,000-per-show salary. At number nine, we have
Tyler the Creator at 120k. Tyler the Creator will
have absolutely no problem buying as many blonde wigs as he wants to like he wore in music video
for his 2019 album, “Igor,” because he makes $120,000 a show. This Odd Future pioneer has had his first Billboard U.S.
Number One album with “Igor,” that had all-star background
vocals from Santigold, Pharrell Williams CeeLo Green and Solange. At number eight, we have Logic at $170,000 to $200,000 a show. Who says nice guys finish last? Promoting peace, love, and
positivity has gotten Logic to the level of pulling in
$170,000 to $200,000 a show, a published novel, and
albums and mixtapes raining from the sky on an annual basis. At number seven, we have the
Migos at 200,000 to 250,000. Even though Migos have had
to split the pie three ways between Offset, Quavo, and Takeoff, when their pie is $200,000
to $250,000 per performance, who cares? (chuckles) These young legends from Atlanta will keep doing it for the culture with part three to their “Culture” albums, scheduled for 2020. At number six, we have J. Cole at 230,000. Doesn’t it make you feel good to know that a rapper in 2019
can criticize drug use, say that holding guns
doesn’t make you real, and not demean women, and still be huge enough
to make $230 per show? J. Cole is that guy, and his Dreamville fam is poised
to follow in his footsteps. At number five, we got
Nicki Minaj at 250,000. Nicki Minaj is shaking off the haters and still doing Queen things
in the music industry, getting royally paid at a quarter of a million
dollars per concert. With as many hits as Miss Megatron has, she will continue to leave her pink-print wherever she lands. At number four, we got
Travis Scott at 250,000. When you have an amusement
park ride on stage for your Astroworld:
Wish You Were Here Tour that had 56 stadium
dates in North America, it is no wonder that
someone like Travis Scott can demand 250,000 each night. At number three, we got a tie between Cardi
B and Kendrick Lamar, both demanding $300,000 per show. Cardi B is still getting her dinero, and Kendrick Lamar is
trying to stay humble while these rap superstars
generate 300,000 per show and remain the female and male rappers that get spoken about by their
peers and their peer’s fans on a regular basis. At number two we got Drake
at $750,000 per show. Drake, the Scorpion King of music, has plenty of ways to celebrate
his 2019 Toronto Raptors winning their first NBA championship in the history of the franchise. Drake can hop on his private
jet and make it rain $100 bills in both the U.S. and Canadian currency, thanks to having a booking fee of no less than $750,000 per show. Let’s be honest, Drake is rivaling The
Beatles for hit records, so getting 3/4 of a million
dollars a show isn’t hard for their international icon, either. And, of course, at number
one, we have Eminem, at one million dollars per show. How many rappers can drop
music here and there, remain out of the public eyes
for long periods of time, and still make a million
dollars a show like Eminem? But Marshall Mathers
still knows how to wake up as if we snoozed on him, with things like the lyrical lacerations on his 2018 “Kamikaze” album and garnering another Billboard plaque with his appearance on Logic’s “Homicide.” So, yeah, what do you guys think? Who will enter
HipHopMadness’ Top 20 Highest Rapper Booking Fees list in 2020, and do you think in the
2019 list’ll move up higher, or end up falling out altogether? Let us know your thoughts in
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