Forbes recently released its list of 2016 Hip-Hop Cash Princes. Top rap performers under the age of 30 who are most likely to maintain their momentum and earn a spot on future Forbes lists were selected by the magazine’s team of judges: exec Craig Kallman, producer Hit-Boy, rap veteran Lovebug Starski, radio personality Charlamagne Tha God and three Forbes journalists.
Frequent Drake collaborator Boi-1da earned a spot for his recent rap productions, including Kendrick Lamar’s song “The Blacker the Berry.” Dej Loaf, who hasn’t slowed down since her 2014 hit single “Try Me,” also made the list. New Jersey native Fetty Wap garnered votes for his ability to rake in money from multiple hit singles and a couple of Grammy nominations for his song “Trap Queen.” And Logic, who surprised many when his album, The Incredible True Story, sold more than 135,000 copies in its first week, also earned a spot.
G-Eazy’s appearance on the list surprised some. During a recent interview, the Oakland rapper attributed his selection to his commitment to working hard. “It’s really just no days off and just maximizing opportunities,” G-Eazy told 106 KMEL’s Shay Diddy. “Taking advantage of everything that’s in front of us because I dreamed about this forever … You don’t just get these opportunities. It just doesn’t happen to everybody.”
Joey Bada$$, who has been consistently pushing his Pro Era movement, and the “Professional Rapper,” Lil Dicky, also made the cut.