Although he’s never made the top 10 of Forbes’ annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, Rick Ross says he’s “always top five” in his mind.
The Miami rap star recently sat down with the mag to dispute his standing on the list of Hip-Hop’s wealthiest, saying: “I’m always top five. That’s in my mind. That’s me saying ‘My bad.’ You know what I’m saying? But, the beauty of the Forbes list is it excites the streets. It gives people somewhat an idea of what’s going on financially. It inspires the youngsters… and hopefully, the others. But myself, I’m up there.”
When the Forbes writer explained that the top five artists on the Hip Hop Cash Kings list easily bring in double-digit millions every year, Ross said his estimate is simply a guess.
“I’m just giving you my guess,” he said with a smile. “I don’t got no facts. I don’t got no facts for you. I’m just giving you my guess. It just feels good to be — Regardless of where I fall it feels good to be associated with success. Associated with a brand such as Forbes. And the other artists that’s on the list…I got a lot of things going on. I’m pretty sure I’ll be alright and up there [really] soon.”
For the past few years, it’s been Diddy, Jay Z, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent and Birdman who have maintained the positions on the list. In 2013, Ross landed at #20 on the list and #12 the year before