Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Throwback Tuesday: BJ The Chicago Kid - The MAFE Project (Download)

For my lovers of real R&B. Im bringing this one back for Throwback Tuesday. You know how much I love BJ right? Read the post from last year. The M.A.F.E. project is one to remember and add to the collection. (Music Ain't For Everybody)

November 20, 2014: Some of you all may recognize his vocals from one of the hottest radio smashes this year “Studio” bySchoolBoy Q featuring BJ The Chicago Kid and his 2012 album Pineapple Now-Laters (classic in my book). BJ The Chicago Kid has been holding Chicago down for a minute and representing for the lovers of real soul and R&B with every project he’s released. BJ has never disappointed me in his artistry . Every project he’s released (you’re welcome) showcases the layers of BJ, his music infuses different elements of R&B, alternative soul, hip-hop and traces of Rock. BJ is a very experimental artist and always maintains to keep it soulful and creative as ever. The M.A.F.E. project (Music Ain’t For Everybody) has a little something for everyone on this project. You all cant sleep on BJ The Chicago Kid for long because he’s slowly but surely bringing REAL R&B and soul back into the game with his great spin on it. My personal favorites from this project are “Real Love Never Dies” (That James Brown homage!), “Gimme Mo ft Sasha Go Hard”,”Good Karma”, “Soul Of A Woman" and “Perfect”.
Enjoy The MAFE Project. Download HERE 

Kanye West: In Camera: Live Interview: SHOWstudio

Kanye’s got a lot on his mind. During a live interview with ShowStudio, Ye spoke on fashion, art, music criticism, classicism, racism, and everything in between. And just for the record, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 

First Watch: Dom Kennedy - 2 Bad (Dir. Coodie & Chike)

In anticipation for the byDomKennedy tour, the OPM frontrunner releases the official video to a fan favorite cut off the album entitled "2 BAD" which features Tish Hyman. production credit of this track goes to Mike N Keys and the dope NYC shot visuals were directed by Coodie & Chike.

Kendrick Lamar: Kunta’s Groove Sessions Tour

Kendrick Lamar announces his 1st annual Kunta’s Groove Session tour.

K.Dot will be hitting the road on a 8 cities tour for intimate shows starting soon and although, the dates and cities are yet to be announced, you can definitely catch Kendrick perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C with the National Symphony Orchestra later this month on October 20th.

Monday, October 5, 2015


The long time hip-hop network BET has a new channel.

This Monday morning (October 5th), the most prominent television network debut a new channel titled BET Jams. As it was to expect, the new face of the channel brought much commotion to social media, as many people reacted to the news via Twitter.

BET’s chairman and chief executive officer, Debra Lee took to her Twitter account to announce the exciting news as she wrote:

“Welcome to #BetJams our newest BET Channel. All hip-hop all the time!! Lets go!! Check your local cable listings.”

Nike Air Max 90 Mid Winter

Nike slowly starts to roll out their winter footwear program as they present the Air Max 90 Mid Winter in all-black. Equipped with a pyramid-embossed outsole for traction and a neoprene sock liner for warmth, the sneaker builds upon one of the Swoosh’s most iconic models and prepares it for the cold weather ahead, much like we’ve seen with the Air Max 95 Sneakerboot and Footscape Route Sneakerboot.
Look for the sneakers to release October 2 over at Titolo.

American Apparel Files Bankruptcy

American Apparel, the one-time arbiter of edgy made-in-America cool, filed for bankruptcy protection early Monday, its business crippled by huge debts, a precipitous fall in sales, employee strife and a drawn-out legal battle with the retailer’s ousted founder, Dov Charney.

The Chapter 11 petition, approved by the board, was filed in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware. The filing followed a deal struck with most of American Apparel’s secured lenders to reduce the retailer’s debt through a process known as a debt-for-equity conversion, where bondholders swap their debt for shares in the company.

The deal, which also includes extra financing from the participating bondholders, would enable American Apparel to keep its manufacturing operations in Los Angeles and its 130 stores in the United States open, the company said.

No layoffs were announced in the filing, which still requires approval by the bankruptcy court. The retailer’s overseas operations are unaffected by the restructuring, which American Apparel expects to complete within six months.

Still, the bankruptcy would wipe out American Apparel’s current shareholders, including Mr. Charney, whose stake in the retailer that he founded in 1989 was worth about $8.2 million as of Friday. It would instead put the company’s creditors in full control, including Standard General, the little-known hedge fund that is also leading the turnaround at RadioShack, which went bankrupt in February.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

REYNA BIDDY - Words Of Wisdom

I simply adore Reyna Biddy. Because she knows who she is and is fearless. 
She's also very wise and intelligent far beyond her years. Reyna for me is a daily go-to for uplifting motivation and inspiration. The young queen has a book in the works and is also working on other exciting ventures. The fact that she's been so vulnerable on her social media yet honest and thorough has caused her to amass a huge following of supporters who she has written this letter to below:

To My Supporters,
I fucking love you all. I see your messages, I see your questions, I see the love.. shit I even see the hate. But what I really see - regardless of what the content of the message is - I see how much you all fuck with me. I’m not your average “poet”, I’m not the stereotypical “inspirational” stainless flawless woman, I’m so much more. I’m Just like all of you. I fuck up so hard sometimes, I cuss like a sailor, I love people harder than they love me, I get crushed by my biggest crushes, I look myself in the mirror and pick my flaws before counting all the ways that I’m beautiful, I get high as fuck and listen to music that makes me feel good, I dream bigger than anyone around me then doubt myself, I go to school because society persuaded me that that’s what’s best for me, I love going out up until I’m out wishing I would’ve stayed in, I’ve sent those “I miss you” texts to someone I shouldn’t have, I’ve laid next to the person who makes me feel loneliest, I’m so normal it’s painful. But the difference between us..The difference between me and the average “poet”.. the average “uplifting” woman.. I’m not scared anymore. I’m not scared to face my fears. I’m not scared of my potential. I’m not scared to fail or succeed. I’m not scared of my scars and I’m not scared to scar. I’m not afraid of love and all of its ways.. I’m not scared of being broken or humiliated or neglected anymore. I’m not scared to show you guys that I hurt too. I bleed too. I need love and affection too. I’m not too strong or mighty to show you guys myself. I’m writing my first book at 21 and I feel so fucking good about it because I know regardless of how well it sells.. it’s going to touch someone’s heart. It’s going to inspire SOMEONE to love freely and fearlessly. I became the person and the woman that I am today by letting love break me several times. They say insanity is when you continue to do the same thing over and over expecting new results.. well I’m crazy about love. Ive been crazy enough to love with my whole heart and kiss with my whole being. And till this day I can’t say that it’s kept anyone around - I can’t say that it’s gotten anyone to love me in the same way - but I can say I’ve grown into the most beautiful version of myself. I know what to - and what not to tolerate when it comes to the way a person thinks he/she can treat me. I can say that I’m happy as fuck and my skin glows even in the moonlight. I can say that My heart is open and will remain that way. I can say I love who I’ve become and who I’m becoming. and I can say - I have already lost touch with the person I used to be - so please do not come looking for her.

" — Reyna Biddy



Listen to one of the standout records from PartyNextDoor's OVO Sound mix: "Codeine Bumpin'"
Thanks to PartyNextDoor, tonight's episode of OVO Sound Radio was almost -- yes, almost -- as lit as episode 6. The Sauga City killer dropped a staggering 7 new tracks during his set. We've got all 7 for y'all here, but out of the bunch, we'd like to take a minute to focus on "Codeine Bumpin'." 

The track is dark and murky as the title would suggest. Most of the tracks Party played tonight were either romantic R&B tunes or the hybrid bangers that have become a Toronto signature. "Codeine Bumpin'" is more of the drug-inspired trap music that we expect to hear on Party's upcoming EP with TM88 of 808 Mafia. According to Twitter, the track is not produced by TM88, but by AKHILO and Daniel Johnson, who both produced on If You're Reading This It's Too Late. 

It's not Party's attempt to ride that Future wave, either, as there's something more minimal and mysterious about his sound. It's something of a continuation of the sound of "Don't Worry" (featuring Ca$h Out), and that's definitely a good thing. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Atlantic Recording artist Sevyn Streeter announces "Shoulda Been There" (Tour Dates)

November 2
Philadelphia PA
The Foundry @ The Fillmore

November 4
Baltimore, MD

November 5
New York, NY

November 8
Washington, DC
Howard Theatre

November 18
Los Angeles, CA
El Rey Theatre

November 21
San Francisco, CA
Social Hall SF

November 22
Sacramento, CA

Friday, October 2, 2015

PALMER REED covers DRAKE "Hotline Bling"

Orlando singer/songwriter Palmer Reed hits the city of Atlanta to perform original music and gave the crowd a taste of Drake's smash single "Hotline Bling" http://palmerreedmusic.com





Flashback Friday: Childish Gambino - So Into You (Tamia Cover)


Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, is one of the most versatile entertainers we have. Gambino raps, acts, writes, directs, but most of all, he always gives us something to enjoy.

His latest piece of entertainment comes at an Australian radio station known as Triple J, where Gambino covers one of his favorite R&B songs of all time, “So Into You” by Tamia as part of their Like A Version series. As expected, Gambino killed it.


Bryson Tiller - TRAPSOUL (Full Album) Oct. 2nd

Louisville, Kentucky's Bryson Tiller refers to his unique way of seamlessly moving between rap and breezy R&B crooning as "trap soul”—which is also the title of his debut album. Having released only a handful of songs online to date, Tiller's career moves have been the subject of widespread web speculation. But judging by the gloriously swirling "Don't," which has been streamed more than 10 million times, and buzzy single "Been That Way," Tiller is destined for greatness wherever he lands. http://trapsoul.com

Kehlani - Alive (Music Video)

In preparation for her Europe tour, Tsunami songstress Kehlani releases the official music video to her track "Alive" which is featured on her mixtape "You Should Be Here."

Erykah Badu - Hotline Bling (Remix) DOWNLOAD

The Queen Erykah Badu gives us her twist to Drake's smash hit "Hotline Bling."

Download Erykah Badu - Hotline Bling

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Top Ten Ways to Avoid The Hurt of a Curve

Take note.

Trevor Jackson - In My Feelings (Reel)

TREVOR JACKSON • IN MY FEELINGS (REEL) from JokezOnMedia on Vimeo.

Here is a reel I put together for Atlantic Recording artist Trevor Jackson, "In My Feelings" is now available at digital retailers worldwide.

Throwback Thursday: Kehlani - Cloud 19 (Mixtape) [Download]

I love Kehlani! I mean who doesn't and why not? Like please tell me. She's a genuine soul and she is her self unapologetically In a generation dying to be "Real" Kehlani is just that with no gimmicks and that's why her fans respect her. Her debut mixtape Cloud 19 which dropped last August is a testament to that. Read my write up on it below from last year. I'm bringing it back for this Throwback Thursday.

Download: Kehlani - Cloud 19

August 26 2014: The 19 year-old songstress Kehlani has garnered a dope buzz this year with the release of her singles “FWU & “Raw & True”. Today she is back with the release of her debut mixtape “Cloud 19″ which contains some ill vibes. I really mess with her music and sound. It’s really indescribable but if I had to I would say it’s like a twist between Jhene Aiko & JoJo when I listen. Cloud 19 features production from Nate Fox (Acid Rap), Jahaan Sweet, Prophit and  features from IAMSU! and Kyle Dion. Enjoy this well crafted project and be on the look out for more from Kehlani. 

Throwback Thursday: Raury - Indigo Child Project (Download)

Raury's debut studio album "All We Need" drops this month, in celebration of that CAQ Records is offering a free download of Raury's first mixtape "Indigo Child" Raury had the city buzzing when he first dropped last year, he definitely had me open. i fuck with Raury but I'm wondering if he can live up to the hype. To be honest I haven't been impressed with anything he's done lately, i feel like he can go harder and he doesn't need to hold back, this project was a good introduction to the world for him sometimes I feel like he gets lost in trying to be too eclectic, so i really hope he solidifies his sound and puts out some crazy shit, Raury knows I'm rooting for him. His energy is crazy and with time, he will grow and know his true abilities. 

Don't Sleep: Todd Zack Jr.

Shot in Las Vegas, NV.
Directed by Christian Astorga
written/performed by Todd Zack Jr. (@toddzackjr)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Antidote Remix - Chris Brown x French Montana (LYRICS VIDEO) + DL

Travi$ Scott’s “Antidote” is blazing on the radio and in the clubs, but French Montana and Chris Brown hop on the track for their own touch. The duo adds in their sound with a little bit of auto tune twist, which is more than welcome in the remix.

Download Antidote Remix by Chris Brown and French Montana
originally by Travis Scott lyrics provided by Joycelynn Okezie.

Congrats are in order for producer SykSense

Upcoming Producer Syk Sense receives Platinum plaque for his production on "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" which has sold over 1 million copies to date. Syk is known for producing the tracks "6 God" and "Know Yourself"

  Syk was also apart of the production on Bryson Tiller's new release "TRAPSOUL

JAY Z Announces TIDAL X: 1020 Concert (feat. Beyonce, Prince, Usher Nicki Minaj & more!)

JAY Z reviled to social media to reveal his TIDAL steaming service had reached the 1 million subscription milestone. Then today Jay Z also announced an official TIDAL X: 1020 charity event, on October 20th at Barclay’s Center. Joining Jay z on stage will be: Beyoncé, Prince, Nicki MinajLil Wayne, T.I., Usher, Fabolous, Alessia Cara, Bas and Justine Skye and others. Tickets for the event go on sale exclusively for subscribers at 12:00pm ET, as the general public not until Friday morning. Pricing $60 or $40, which all proceeds will be donated to the New World Foundation.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

If you're a recent college graduate or soon to be just watch this okay.

 Shonda Rhimes  '91 Delivers Dartmouth's Commencement Speech

Palmer Reed performs "Walls" and "Changes" Live at Eddie's Attic - Atlanta,GA

The homie Palmer Reed killed his set at Eddie's Attic in Atlanta - proud of him! Check out his new original "Walls." - His single "Changes" is now available on Bandcamp.

Kehlani - You Should Be Here Europe VIP TICKET & DATES - second show in London added (UPDATE)

Kehlani is back in the studio with her team working on her debut mainstream album but in the midst of this she is still promoting "You Should Be Here"...The dates for her Europe tour has been released. Tickets  and the VIP Meet and Greet for You Should Be Here Europe go on SALE tomorrow Wednesday September 30th at 10am.


November 28th- Green Door Project - Stockholm, Sweden -  TICKETS - VIP
November 30th - Mojo Club - Hamburg, Germany  - TICKETS - VIP
December 1st - Prince Charles - Berlin, Germany  - TICKETS - VIP
December 3rd - Trabendo - Paris, France -  TICKETS - VIP
December 5th - Melkweg (Encore) - Amsterdam, Netherlands  - TICKETS - VIP
December 7th - Heaven - London, United Kingdom  - SOLD OUT - VIP
December 8th - Heaven - London, United Kingdom - TICKETS - VIP

Throwback Tuesday: Houston - It's Already Written (Download)


Imagine what Houston could have been if he didn't run into personal issues. His debut album was a classic. Do you all remember him? He had the hit "I Like That" featuring Chingy and Nate Dogg in 2004. When people actually cared about authentic R&B in the early 2000's, this album hit number 14 on the Billboard 100. Such a tragedy what happened to Houston he could have had longevity in the game, but at least we have a classic album to remember him by.

1. It's Already Written
2. I Like That (feat. Chingy, Nate Dogg & I-20
3. Twizala (Intro)
4. Twizala
5. Ain't Nothing Wrong
6. My Promise (feat. LeToya)
7. Keep It On The Low (feat. Don Yute)
8. What You Say
9. Love You Down
10. Allright
11. Bye Bye Love
12. Didn't Give A Damn (Interlude)
13. Didn't Give A Damn
14. She Is
15. It's Already Written, Pt. 2 (Thunder)

Visit: Pashionistas.com • Hearts Set On Change

My friend Ariel launched her new site Pashionistas recently. A 'Pashionista' is a woman who cares about the social and political issues in the US and abroad. Pashionista's have their hearts set on change, and they write about it! Pashionistas is a place for passionate and progressive-thinking women to discuss any and all social issues, completely unfiltered. Go give it a visit and be sure to follow the movement on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

JXXIII - PartyNextDoor (Prod. Esta)

Atlanta’s rising talent JXXIII releases her debut single to “Confused Admiration” EP – called “PartyNextDoor” paying homage to Toronto’s greats, take a listen. Produced by ESTA – mixed by Bryan Rivera Music.

JXXIII (J23) is a female lyricist/hip-hop artist from Atlanta, in her music the lyricism stands out because she talks about real issues in hip-hop and life without straying too far from the essence of the music. Some compare the realness of her lyrics to that of Lauryn Hill’s but at the end of the day, J23’s goal is simply to inspire people to follow their hearts and be themselves.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment Cover Kanye West's "Family Business"

Chance The Rapper covered Kanye West's "Family Business" (from 2004's The College Dropout) while performing at Summer Ends Music Festival over the weekend. Watch it below.

During the performance, Chance gave a shout out to the birth of his daughter, which he recently announced on Instagram. "Used to be Chance The Rapper, now I'm Chance The Daddy," he sang during the song's closing notes.

Here's The Original:

First Listen: CAQ Records presents "CAQ Radio" [FALL 2k15]

Crown All Queens Records releases their FALL 2k15 autumn playlist in time for the new season. Play this on your way to class, before sleep, in the car or anytime you find yourself vibing, smoking and relaxing.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


In those years, what stood out as key lessons you have learned as an artist manager?

Probably the biggest takeaway, which was passed down to me from a mentor, is treat everyone you meet in this industry with the utmost respect that you possibly can; because you never know if you might be working with them. SO much of this business is luck, and you don’t know when luck is going to strike someone. Don’t ever condescend someone because you feel better or more powerful than them. You really never know where things will take them…or you – you may need a favor from them in a few years!

Second, kind of in the same light, be a person. So much of this business is transactional – asking someone how their day is going goes a long way. The assholes don’t win as much as they used to. You’ll feel better about yourself at the end of the day and you may get more out of that relationship because they like you.

Three is the music business is a hobby that people make money at through various times in their lives. We’re trying to make money with art, and that is never lost on me. The people I work with, I’m very thankful to work with them, but this is a very volatile industry. Any time this becomes something I don’t enjoy, I can leave. I’m happy to be paid and be paying several people off of a hobby. The entertainment industry contributes less than 1% to the GDP of all of America. Do this because you love to do this and you’re going to work your ass off. Don’t expect this to be a normal job. The only way you’re going to make is it if you do everything and anything you possibly can.

In your experiences, what are some of the biggest misconceptions of an artist manager’s role(s)?

Management is the worst job in the music business, by far. The reason I say this is because it’s the only job that doesn’t have clear lines of definition. When you sign with a booking agency, you know exactly what you’re getting. They get you shows, they get you on tours, and they get you on festivals and soft ticket opportunities. When you sign with a label, they get a record paid for, recorded and distributed. Publicists – you’re hiring someone to get you reviews, on blogs, (hopefully on TV shows) – you know what you’re hiring them for.

Management is the catchall. And no one is good at everything. There are people who specialize in all sorts of things. We have a six-person staff and they only work on four artists. Management is probably 75% of what 11 people total work on. And we’re a decent sized management company for our roster. You can do 10 great things for an artist’s career, but if you didn’t get that one thing they wanted, you can get fired. Managers are expected to help with press, bookings, and label services now. Finally we decided if we’re going to be doing these things we should set up companies for these things. We didn’t really mean to become a marketing company.
It’s just funny. People expect the world, and no one can do that.

Explain the importance of managing an artist’s expectations when it comes to getting the desired results of any given career goal.

We are doing the best job we can, and the only way we can do that is to know the expectations of the clients. Every six months we have our artists establish goals. We do six month, one year, and ‘dream list’ goals. Who do you want to tour with? Do you want to be on TV? What kind of shows? This gives me the chance to say, “Well that’s not happening.” Or, “That’s a good idea.” No one should be working harder than the artist. Having goals that can be revisited every month and checked off is important.
A lot of managers think they’ve found this amazing talent. I see talented people all over the place on the way to work every day. If they don’t have the right work ethic, they can’t cut it. People tend to forget this is a job.

Some artists remain focused on staying ‘independent’. What components are key to this goal and what can managers do to maintain this identity?

I think it depends on the artist and where they’re at in their career. Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors are fiercely independent, but they’re ten years into their career and they’ve been on labels before. For a guy like Drew who’s not beholden to radio, he’ll probably remain independent. His wife, Ellie, is niche and we’ve had radio success, but she’ll likely remain independent.

We want to do what the artist feels is best for what they want to accomplish. We have artists that want to be independent, and we have artist that could benefit from a label if the setting was correct. We don’t need a label for everyone we work with, but I don’t think labels are bad. There’s a lot of great labels out there, independent and majors – just relative to what the needs of your artist might be.
When we go to radio, we don’t have a Coldplay to leverage. There’s not a one-size fits all mentality for every artist out there. To quote Drew Holcomb: “It is the worst time ever to make a killing in the music business. It is the best time ever to make a living.” There’s more indie artists out there paying their bills with their music than there ever have been in history, and that’s great.

In the case that you’re being presented with a label deal for an artist in 2015, what factors do the artist/manager team have to take into consideration?

Again I think it depends on what kind of music you make. The reality of it is you’re probably never going to recoup the records if you do a major deal. From my perspective, I want a guarantee that there’s going to be money spent on promotion.
The term is very important to me too. If things go south, I don’t want the artist to be stuck on a label with no option to make another record. As long as my artist is in a position where they’re going to be promoted and they can continuously create, that’s a big deal to me.
Plenty of the A&R guys you might sign with, are a different company by the time an album comes out. If the guy/girl who gets you in the door leaves the label, you’re potentially screwed. It’s difficult to rely on the relationship with the label because the relationship is a volatile one, (less so with independent labels). The only reason I’d sign someone is if it’s a major label is if they want to be truly famous. It’s near impossible to accomplish ubiquity as an indie.

Do you get involved in the licensing and publishing side of your artists’ careers?

We try to be a non-copyright owner. We consider ourselves a true service company. We instead help service, distribute and market/promote records, then get paid a little more to do those things rather than own them. We’d rather get paid for our labor and our work than get a copyright claim. Technically speaking that may be bad business, but I think it’s right business. I’d rather work for someone for 20 years and never have anything mucked up than have the copyright – and that’s a hobby mentality. I want artists to win, and that’s why I got into management.

Miguel's album WILDHEART on VINYL

Top 25 Highest-Paid Rap Acts [2015 Hip-Hop FORBES List]

1. Diddy: $60 million

He rarely performs these days, but Diddy rakes in cash from the fruits of a reputation forged in music: TV network Revolt, clothing line Sean John, alkaline water brand Aquahydrate and Ciroc vodka, which brings in the bulk of his bucks. He’s also readying a new album, and enjoys being named No. 1. “You started learning how to count!”  - Diddy to FORBES

2. Jay Z: $56 million

His 22 shows with Beyoncé boosted the multifaceted mogul's bottom line alongside moneymaking ventures like entertainment company Roc Nation and Armand de Brignac champagne. The impact of his new streaming service,  Tidal remains to be seen. But regardless of its fate, he’s taken his business game to previously unimaginable heights.

3. Drake: $39.5 million

The Canadian import clocks the highest Cash Kings finish of his young career, thanks mostly to earnings on the road, where he played 50 dates during our scoring period with a nightly average gross of nearly $1 million.  Also padding Drake’s coffers: gold-certified surprise record If You're Reading This It's Too Late and endorsements for Sprite and Nike.

4. Dr. Dre: $33 million

Selling Beats earned him $620 million last year, the top annual payday of any musician, ever. Despite a year-over-year drop of more than half a billion dollars, Dre makes the list thanks to smaller checks from Apple and his production catalogue. He also exec-produced biopic Straight Outta Compton and released his long-awaited third studio album.

5. Pharrell: $32 million

The "Happy" singer is one of the more diversified performers on the list, clocking multimillion-dollar checks from touring, music and his role as a judge on The Voice. He also mingles his fashion sense with an entrepreneurial streak, as evidenced by his Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream clothing lines.

6. Eminem: $31 million

The Detroit native’s six shows on last summer's co-headlining Monster Tour with Rihanna averaged north of $5 million per show. Their pair of shows at Metlife Stadium grossed a total of $12.4 million, slightly more than Jay Z and Beyoncé tallied over two nights at the same venue

7. Kanye West: $22 million

He didn’t crack the top five on this list, but Kanye may have had the biggest year of any hip-hop cash king. Among his highlights were a memorable Grammy performance, a new Adidas shoe launch and an announcement of intention to run for president in 2020. Does he really intend to give new meaning to the term West Wing? With Kanye, one can never say never.

8. Wiz Khalifa: $21.5 million

Pittsburgh’s best-known rapper may have relocated to “Pixburg” (Los Angeles) but he continues to keep his hometown on the rap map. This year is his best yet, thanks to his Furious 7 duet “See You Again” and incessant touring—plus accompanying sales of his weed-themed merchandise. “It’s part of my personality,” he told FORBES. “It wasn’t conscious at first, but then when I saw how far it was going and I was like, ‘Why not?’

9. Nicki Minaj: $21 million

The world’s top-earning lady MC saw her earnings soar 50% over last year’s figure,mostly due to an uptick in touring. She also rakes in cash from endorsements with the likes of Pepsi and OPI—as well as her very own Myxx Moscato, in which she holds a hefty equity stake and gets annual payouts as well.

10. Birdman: $18 million

The Cash Money chief continues his steady earnings pace, collecting a cut of his label’s eight-figure profits along with his brother and cofounder, Ronald “Slim”Williams. But there seems to be trouble brewing at hip-hop’s top record company, with a public—and allegedly violent—dispute with Lil Wayne, who recently released music through Jay Z’s Tidal streaming

11. Pitbull: $17 million

Mr. International continues to live up to his nickname, playing 60 shows during our scoring period in countries ranging from Mexico to Japan to the United Kingdom to China. He also released Spanish-language album Dale in July; it peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Latin Albums chart.

12. Lil Wayne: $15 million

The diminutive rhymester’s tour bus got shot up earlier this year—by someone allegedly connected to his label boss —but that hasn’t stopped him from hitting the road hard, making millions on three dozen tour dates from coast to coast.

13. Kendrick Lamar: $12 million

New album To Pimp A Butterfly was a dense, jazz-inflected record that denied fans singalong hits, yet still sold 324,000 copies in its first week. Still, he didn’t top last year’s $9 million total by all that much, partly due to a hesitation to endorse products. said Lamar: “All money ain’t good money.”

14. J. Cole: $11 million

The Born Sinner redeemed himself with a scorching surprise album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which debuted at No. 1 and sold 354,000 copies its first week. A budding mogul, Cole’s Dreamville imprint struck a distribution deal with Interscope Records. “It’s definitely a path that’s been made possible by the Dr. Dre's and the Jay Zs,” he told FORBES last year. 

15. Snoop Dogg: $10 million

His Pharrell-produced new album Bush didn’t perform as well as hoped, debuting at No. 14 on the Billboard charts and selling 27,000 copies its opening week. But Snoop still earned double-digit millions on the strength of his touring schedule and brand endorsements.

16. Rick Ross: $9 million

The corpulent rapper doesn’t tour as much as some of his other peers, but continues to make the Cash Kings list on the strength of outside business ventures such as his Wingstop franchises, something he’s wanted to do for nearly a decade. “I began having those thoughts every time I pulled up to the restaurant,” he told FORBES last year. “Like, ‘Yo! This is something I need to do.’”

17. Tech N9ne: $8.5 million

The Kansas City rapper out-earned bigger names thanks to a staggering work ethic, playing 132 shows in our scoring period, the most of any hip-hop cash king. He also gets to keep more of the gross from shows and record sales because he owns his own touring and recording operations.

18. Ludacris: $8 million

Like fellow Cash King Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris has reaped major rewards from the success of Furious 7. In his case, the big payday came from acting inthe movie—a role that landed him millions. He also released new album Ludaversal in March; it peaked at No. 3 on the charts and sold 62,000 copies its opening week.

19. T.I. (Tip): $6 million

The Atlanta-born MC recently took his Grand Hustle label—and his own music—from Warner’s Atlantic to Sony’s Columbia. Paperwork, his first album released under the new arrangement, sold 80,000 copies its opening week. T.I. also pads his coffers with earnings from roles in movies including Get Hard and Ant-Man.

20. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: $5.5 million

The “Thrift Shop” duo nearly fell off the list after last year’s career-best $32 million total, dialing down its touring schedule to record a new album, staying on thanks to a handful of lucrative festival dates at the beginning of our scoring period. If the success of “Downtown” is any indication, look for a return to financial glory in 2016.


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