Diddy Tops Forbes 2012 Hip-Hop List

 |  April 17, 2012
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Who’s going to hip-hop’s first billionaire? Drum roll please…. Coming in at number one on Forbes richest hip-hop artist list is…, Sean “Diddy” Combs. The publication estimates Diddy net worth at $550 million.

1. Sean “Diddy” Combs – $550 Million

2. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter – $460 Million

3. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young – $270 Million

4. Bryan “Birdman” Williams – $125 Million

5. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson -$100 Million

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Tour begins July 26th in Cincinnati.

July 26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
July 27 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 28 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
July 29 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre**
August 01 Boston, MA Comcast Center
August 02 New York, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater*
August 03 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
August 04 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
August 05 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre

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In case your wondering who’s the man behind 2Pac’s resurrection, MTV got you covered! Meet Nick Smith of AV Concepts, they interviewed him and here’s what he had to say:

“We worked with Dr. Dre on this and it was Dre’s vision to bring this back to life,” said Nick Smith, president of AV Concepts, the San Diego company that created the hologram. “It was his idea from the very beginning and we worked with him and his camp to utilize the technology to make it come to life. You can take their likenesses and voice and … take people that haven’t done concerts before or perform music they haven’t sung and digitally recreate it.

The Tupac hologram was several months in the planning and took nearly four months to create in a studio and though Smith was not able to reveal the exact price tag for the illusion, he said a comparable one could cost anywhere from $100,000 to more than $400,000 to pull off.I can’t say how much that event cost, but I can say it’s affordable in the sense that if we had to bring entertainers around world and create concerts across the country, we could put [artists] in every venue in the country,”

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