Forbes presents their third annual 30 Under 30, a list that tallies some of today’s brightest stars across 15 different fields below the age of 30. The coveted honor boasts a bevy of founders, CEOs, entrepreneurs and stellar artists.
It is to no surprise that Hip-hop’s own J. cole, Drizzy Drake, K. Dot and Wiz Khalifa garner placements in this year’s catalog.
J. Cole became last year’s people’s champ with his solid sophomore effort, Born Sinner, which could arguably be his better major label album. Kendrick Lamar demanded everyone’s undivided attention with crazy guest appearances, especially his waxed poetics in “Control” later earning himself seven Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year.
Drake effortlessly dropped Nothing Was The Same, and indeed it wasn’t, as it is supported by six successful singles, including “Started From the Bottom” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Drake’s third studio album was also a commercial success, debuting at No.1 on the US Billboard 200 selling 658,000 copies in its first week.
Wiz Khalifa lands on the list for the third consecutive year. The rapper, father and husband raked in $14 million from sales in music, merchandise and concert tickets.