LANHAM, Md. (WPGC) — Aside from fame, what does every hip-hop artist want? Money — and the musicians on Forbes’ list of hip-hop’s highest-earners have plenty of it.

The annual list of “The World’s Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Artists” for 2013 has a new name at the top. After years of coming up short of the top spot, Diddy took the No. 1 ranking for 2013 after pulling in a whopping $50 million in the past year.

Forbes points to the success of Ciroc vodka as the main reason for Diddy’s rise to the top of the list.

“Other ingredients in his cash cocktail: record label Bad Boy, clothing line Sean John and, soon, cable channel Revolt,” Forbes says.

Jay Z and his $43 million are second on the list. Hova’s new album, Magna Carta … Holy Grail, went platinum before it launched back in July and Forbes says “lucrative live shows, Armand de Brignac champagne, D’Ussé cognac, Roc Nation label/management firm and other ventures” helped fill Jay Z’s bank account this past year.

Last year’s highest-earner, Dr. Dre, fell to No. 3 on this year’s list. Don’t feel bad for Dre, though, because he still made $40 million in 2013.

The top 10 of hip-hop’s highest-earners for 2013:

1) Diddy — $50 million
2) Jay Z — $43 million
3) Dr. Dre — $40 million
4) Nicki Minaj — $29 million
5) Birdman — $21 million
6) Kanye West — $20 million
7) Lil Wayne — $16 million
8) Wiz Khalifa — $14 million
9) Ludacris — $12 million
10) Pitbull — $11 million

For the full list, including the six that “just missed,” click here.

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