Forbes magazines is always in the know when it comes to money, take a look at the list of hip hop's top earners of 2012, some of the name's on the list will shock you!

Here's the top 20 list categorized by dollar amounts of what some of your favorite current hip-hop heavy weights have made so far this year. Kicking the list off is the Dr. of hip-hop.

1. Dr. Dre – $110 million
2. Diddy – $45 million

3. Jay-Z – $38 million
4. Kanye West – $35 million
5. Lil Wayne – $27 million
6. Drake – $20.5 million

 

7. Birdman – $20 million
8. Nicki Minaj - $15.5 million
9. Eminem – $15 million
10. Ludacris – $12 million
11. Pitbull – $9.5 million
12. Rick Ross/Wiz Khalifa – $9 million

14. Snoop Dogg- $8.5 million
15. 50 Cent – $7.5 million

16. Swizz Beatz/Pharrell/Young Jeezy – $7 million
19. Mac Miller- $6.5 million

20. Akon/Timbaland/Tech N9ne – $6 million