Dr. Dre (real name Andre Young) is one of the biggest names in hip-hop, if not all music. He is best known as a producer and executive...

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Beyonce famously sang that girls run the world and based on the results of Forbes annual list of the most powerful celebrities, it seems she was on to something.

Thanks in part to her On the Run tour with Jay Z, Queen Bey pulled in an estimated $115 million in the past year, nearly doubling the earnings of her rapper husband.

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Mrs. Carter tops the list. She pulled in an impressive $115 million in the past year.

Between rumors of marital troubles and the now-infamous Jay-Solance fight video, 2014 has seen Bey struggling with some problems in her personal life, but she clearly hasn't allowed the drama to affect her career.

Other celebs may earn more than Beyonce (Thanks to his deal with Beats Audio, Dr. Dre raked in an astonishing $620 million in 2013.), but according to Forbes  no one can match Mrs. Carter when it comes to sheer power.

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Jay-Z, Diddy and 50 Cent released "I Get Money (The Forbes 1-2-3 Billionaire Remix)" in '07, a celebration of their inclusion atop Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list.

Five years later, the same three artists are in a more exclusive group - the Forbes Five, a list of hip-hop's wealthiest moguls - though no longer 1-2-3 in that order.

Which of the three earns the most? And who else made the Top 5?

DIDDY DIRTY MONEY

Diddy is the closest to becoming a billionaire, with a net worth of $550 million. The Bad Boy Records founder has been a mainstream mainstay for 15 years.

Thanks to his knack for self-promotion and outside business deals with Ciroc vodka, Sean John, Enyce, Blue Flame and other tech startups, he gets money.

A lot of it. And he's not even done. Diddy signed a deal with Comcast to launch cable channel Revolt in 2013. He'll own the channel outright. Cha-ching.

Jay-Z is #2 at $460 million. Unlike his fellow Forbes Five members, he still churns out music and goes on tour, most recently with pal Kanye West.

He sold his Rocawear clothing label for $204 million in 2007, signed a 10-year $150M deal with Live Nation in 2008, and co-owns the New Jersey Nets.

There's also his 40/40 Club chain, his ad firm Translation, cosmetics company Carol's Daughter and other businesses too numerous to list. Very rich.

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According to reports, Tupac's hologram performance at Coachella has Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre thinking of taking the late rapper's CGI likeness with them on tour.

Tupac died back in 1996 (well, according to some people), but he was introduced to a whole new generation of fans thanks to the wizards at Digital Domain.

The Hollywood firm created a CGI version of the rapper performing on "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" at the Coachella Festival this weekend:

Using angled reflectors to create the illusion that he was actually alive and on stage, video of the stunt hit the Internet and became a viral sensation Monday.

It also looked like Tupac's been busy at the gym in the afterlife.

Anyway, old 2Pac friends and collaborators Dre and Snoop told the Wall Street Journal that the two are considering mounting an arena tour - with digi-Pac.

"This is just the beginning," Digital Domain's chief creative officer, Ed Ulbrich, told the paper. "Dre has a massive vision for this." That got us thinking ...

Talk to THG: If the Tupac Shakur hologram performed at a venue in your hometown, would you pay to go see that crazy mofo?

 

And more importantly, is Tupac even dead?

 

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The music video for Dr. Dre's new single, "I Need a Doctor," which he performed at the Grammys with Eminem and Rihanna, has officially been released.

Featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey, whose vocals are stunning, the work is more than seven minutes long, with Dre himself largely absent until the end.

Partly a tribute to Dre himself by protege Eminem, "I Need a Doctor" is also a memoriam of sorts to Dre's son, Andre Dr., who tragically died in 2008.

It ends with Dre standing over Eazy E's grave, as well. Watch it here:

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In perhaps the most anticipated event of the 2011 Grammy Awards, Eminem took the stage with Rihanna, Skylar Grey and Dr. Dre for a seven-minute performance.

Eminem and Rihanna opened with Part II of their collaborative hit, “Love The Way You Lie,” and as her vocals soared, Eminem appeared amid a fiery background.

Rihanna sounded so good, you'd never know she battled laryngitis and bronchitis leading up to the show, while Eminem's animated effort was brilliant as usual ...

After "Love the Way You Lie," he performed another slow-building track with female backing. Skylar Grey joined in on "I Need a Doctor," as did his one-time mentor.

Dr. Dre himself came on stage for the last verse, putting the finishing touch on this star-studded effort. Take a look above if you missed it and comment below.

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Andre Young, Jr., the son of hip-hop producer Dr. Dre (real name Andre Young, Sr.) died over the weekend, the music mogul's rep confirms.

The younger Dre was only 20.

His body was discovered by his mother at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Saturday morning, according to the L.A. County Coroner's office.

"Dr. Dre is mourning the tragic loss of his son," rep Lori Earl said in a statement. "Please respect his family's grief and privacy at this time."

Young's mother told Los Angeles police that she attempted to rouse her son at 10:24 a.m. on Saturday, and when she couldn't, she immediately called paramedics. They pronounced Andre Young, Jr., dead at the scene.

Andre Young, Jr., "had been out with friends" the previous night before returning home around 5:30 a.m., according to the L.A. County coroner's office.

An autopsy was performed Monday. No foul play is expected.

Dr. Dre, is one of rap's most prolific figures. After achieving fame with N.W.A., Dre released The Chronic in 1992 and went on to sign and collaborate with some of hip hop's top acts, such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem and numerous others.

An outpouring of support flooded Dr. Dre's MySpace page in the wake of his son's passing. We hope Andre, Jr., rests in peace. Dr. Dre has four other children: sons Curtis, 26, Marcel, 17, and Truth, 11, and daughter Truly, 7.