Forbes magazine released its yearly “30 Under 30” list in which they recognize the brightest stars in 15 different categories and are under the age of 30, and one being a music category.
Forbes says those mentioned are “founders and funders, brand builders and do-gooders” who are “reinventing the world.” From the list of musicians, hip hop artists J. Cole, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar made the list.
J. Cole, 28 – “Jay Z’s first signing at Roc Nation is now a Hip Hop force in his own right,” Forbes says. “Sophomore album Born Sinner debuted at #2 on the charts with sales of 297,000, nearly matching Kanye West’s Yeezus. Now grossing six figures per night on his world tour, Cole is here to stay.”
Drake, 27 – “The former Degrassi star has pulled in over $30 million in the past two years, boosted by live shows and endorsements with the likes of Sprite and Kodak,” Forbes says. “Look for him to build on that with his latest arena tour in support of new album Nothing Was The Same.”
Kendrick, 26 – “Dr. Dre’s latest protégé earned $9 million last year after releasing smash hit good kid, m.A.A.d city and playing over 100 live shows,” Forbes says. “Better yet: he earned seven Grammy nominations, more than any other artist besides Jay Z.”
Ryan Lewis, 25, was named for his work with Macklemore and Wiz Khalifa, 26 was mentioned for the second consecutive year because of his music sales, merchandise, and concert tickets.