Despite the rocky economy of this past year, Hip Hop’s elite have still found a way to keep their earnings piling in.

Forbes has put out their 2010 Forbes “Hip Hop Cash Kings” list, which includes many returners as well as some rookies. For the second year in a row, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter tops the list with estimated gross earnings of $63 million, while second- ranked Sean “Diddy” Combs pulled in $30 million.

Mr. Carter’s earnings stemmed from the release of his album Blueprint 3, the launch of his worldwide tour, his 40/40 nightclub chain, as well as his partial ownership of the New Jersey Nets. Diddy’s role in Get Him To The Greek, Diago vodka, Ciroc, Diddybeats ear-buds, and other miscellaneous roles in television and film, helped him cash in his $30 million.

Lady Gaga, the Konvict Clothing label, and a World Cup soccer ad campaign with Pepsi, assisted Aliuane “Akon” Thiam in his first top five appearance on Hip Hop Cash Kings. Akon ranks number three with $21 million, and right behind him Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter lands himself a spot at number four with $20 million. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young rounds out the top five with $17 million from his Beats by Dr. Dre headphone line.

Check out the rest of the list, and the estimated earning of the 2010 Forbes “Hip Hop Cash Kings” here