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Quavo Diversifies His Portfolio With Plans To Open A Restaurant In Atlanta, GA

Quavo is diversifying his portfolio with a new restaurant venture. On Tuesday, April 9, 2024, the rap artist took to Instagram to share with his 23.8 million followers the development of V12 Restaurant & Sports Bar in Atlanta, GA. “We finally here. We finally here,” Quavo expressed on an IG story. “The top secret project is almost finished. Yeah V 12. We live.” It was also revealed in the same clip, a soft opening will be held at the restaurant located at 610 Spring St NW, near the Varsity restaurant, per Hip-Hop Vibe. He continued, “We will be ready for the light open and light flex on Huncho Day, man. We appreciation the prayers. We’re appreciating the guys giving back. Where we at? Right across the street from the Varsity man. The heart of the city. Big blessings. It ain’t done. We ain’t done.” It appears Quavo had a jam-packed day as he was also seen promoting a white cognac in Georgia. View this post on Instagram A post shared by QuavoHuncho (@quavohuncho) According to a news...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 10, 2024

Here's Why Dame Dash's Ownership In Roc-A-Fella Could Be Up For Grabs Within 6 Months

Damon Dash’s shares in record label Roc-A-Fella Records may soon be no more. According to a report by Rolling Stone, despite his estranged relationship with fellow Roc-A-Fella owners — music mogul Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Kareem “Biggs” Burke — all have remained connected to the label on paper. However, this could all change soon. The latest development in ownership occurred in February 2024 when “a New York judge ordered Roc-A-Fella Inc. to deliver Dash’s company shares to the US Marshals to satisfy a $823,000 judgment from movie producer Josh Webber and Muddy Water Films.” The judgement was the result of a 2019 lawsuit against Dash led by Webber and the production company, accusing him of defamation and copyright infringement related to the movie, “Dear Frank,” according to Rolling Stone. Dash had been fired as its director and allegedly attempted to sell the movie on his own under a new title, “The List.” Manhattan lawyer Richard Roth of The Roth Law Firm stated that the most...

Shanique Yates

Apr 10, 2024

The Beyoncé Effect Reportedly Leads Levi's Stock To Rise By 20%

Music fans are not the only ones feeling the impact of Beyoncé’s influence. On March 29, 2024, the Houston, TX-born songstress released her country-influenced album “Cowboy Carter.” According to Billboard, her eighth album debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 407,000 equivalent album units. Additionally, the album reached the top spot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, a first for a Black woman to accomplish. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) The Beyoncé effect is evident not only on the music charts but in business, too. Her 27-track album includes the single “Levii’s Jeans,” featuring music artist Post Malone. As reported by CBS News, Levi Strauss & Co., the clothing company that actually invented denim jeans, saw a rise in its stocks by 20%, nearly one week after the song’s release. The moment also drove sales to increase for its denim skirts and pants. “Beyoncé’s influence has been all organic and is clearly...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 9, 2024

Grammy-Nominated Singer Bryson Tiller Reveals He's Been Designing A Video Game For 3 Years And 'Been Looking Into Internships'

In 2015, Bryson Tiller released his debut studio album, “Trapsoul.” In a Complex interview, the singer and rapper described the album as “a super slow burn.” “Trapsoul” introduced the music industry to a new genre, a combination of Trap and Soul, a nd it is still appreciated by fans today. Its trajectory ultimately took Tiller from first releasing his music on SoundCloud to his debut album reaching triple-platinum status with over 5.8 billion streams in the United States, per RCA Records. What’s more, the singer-songwriter earned a Grammy nomination for “Best R&B Song” for “Exchange,” one of his hit singles, along with “Don’t” and “Sorry Not Sorry.” Tiller shared that his success in the music industry reminds creatives that it’s important not to listen to outsiders for validation. “People are going to love your sh-t, and they’re going to hate it,” Tiller told Complex during the promo run for his eponymous album released in April 2024. “Now, when I create music, I don’t really care...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 8, 2024

Fat Joe Says He Still Owes Money To His Former Record Label For His 2001 Album — 'I Sold 2 Million Records, Still Ain't Recoup'

Fat Joe has gotten very candid about his view on record labels. During an Instagram Live, the New York rapper elaborated on why he previously told Forbes that he believes record labels are Ponzi schemes. He claimed he noticed a trend where music companies will find talented artists who come from less fortunate backgrounds and fund their music careers. However, Fat Joe emphasized that to him it’s a tactic for record labels to swindle musicians. In addition, he shared how he thought the majority of the time ownership is in the labels’ hands. “Though they make the profit of the records, they charge you whatever they spend on the video,” Fat Joe shared on Instagram Live. “It ain’t like we 50/50 partners.” He added, “You could bring a scientist who wins the Nobel Peace Prize to do the accounting on major labels’ math, and they always can’t figure it out. So it’s robbery, all the way through.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by THE HIP-HOP WOLF® (@thehiphopwolf) In short,...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 5, 2024

Snoop Dogg's Son Cordell Broadus, A Web3 And Crypto Entrepreneur, Launches A $1M Fund For Artists

Cordell Broadus seems to be on the move like his father Snoop Dogg. For his latest move in the space, the Web3 and crypto entrepreneur is working to support emerging artists on the Tezos blockchain through a $1 million fund — the Champ Medici Arts Fund — in partnership with the Tezos Foundation.

Samantha Dorisca

Dec 1, 2022

Ari Lennox Says She Was Afraid To Quit The 'Highest-Paid Job' She Ever Had To Go Meet With J. Cole To Sign To Dreamville

Ari Lennox has applied “Pressure” since she stepped foot in the industry. Yet, it came at a cost that has proven to pay off.

Samantha Dorisca

Oct 3, 2022

LimeWire Reunites With Soulja Boy To Relaunch As A NFT Marketplace After Once Revealing The Company Played A Part In His Success

LimeWire is back for good. LimeWire_is_back_for_good.mp3 #LimeWire returns in full power, with high-profile #NFT drops from the world’s best-selling artists. Don’t miss out on all exclusive drops. Register now: https://t.co/4Vf39XgF7w #digitalcollectibles #web3 pic.twitter.com/pGI4oF7dur — LimeWire (@limewire) July 7, 2022

Samantha Dorisca

Jul 15, 2022

Snoop Dogg Reveals Plans To Create A Streaming Platform He Says Will Be 'Similar To Amazon, Netflix, Hulu'

Snoop Dogg has plans to take Death Row Records to the next level. As AfroTech previously reported, the rapper is now a label owner. And, we must say he is not taking the role lightly as he recently announced Death Row Records would become the first label in the metaverse. Plus, that’s not all the rapper has in store. During a recent Drink Champs interview, Snoop Dogg revealed he will be attempting to give Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music a run for their money by launching a streaming platform and app for Death Row Records. “First thing I did was snatch all the music off those platforms traditionally known to people, because those platforms don’t pay,” Snoop Dogg said. “And those platforms get millions and millions and millions of streams and nobody gets paid other than the record labels, so what I wanted to do is snatch my music off, create a platform which is something similar to Amazon, Netflix, Hulu. It’ll be a Death Row app, and then the music, in the meantime, will live...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 19, 2022

Häagen-Dazs Taps Brooklyn Graphic Artist Jade Purple Brown To Design Its 'City Sweets' Collection

When it comes to ice cream, not only is it important that the delicious treat is packed with flavor, but it’s an added bonus when the designs that make up the packaging are full of flavor, too! Last year, graphic artist Jade Purple Brown worked with Häagen-Dazs during their Tastemakers program. The goal was to help the brand find its footing across platforms like Instagram. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jade Purple Brown (@jadepurplebrown) At the time, she worked alongside the team to launch #ThatsDazs, an initiative used to bring more visibility to underrepresented communities and the work of creatives who dream big much like the Brooklyn artist. This year, her role has elevated. As the popular ice cream brand prepares to launch its new national collection of ice cream starting today (April 19), Jade is now behind the designs for the “City Sweets” collection — ice cream that’s inspired by renowned street foods like soft pretzels, waffles, churros, and more.

Shanique Yates

Apr 19, 2022

Snoop Dogg And Wiz Khalifa Drop Star Studded NFT Mixtape

A banger just dropped in the crypto world. Snoop Dogg has announced his next move, a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) mixtape in collaboration with Wiz Khalifa. “Dropped a mixtape w/ @wizkhalifa on tha blockchain tonite! Probably Nothing… #An8th,” Snoop Dogg wrote on Twitter. Dropped a mixtape w/ @wizkhalifa on tha blockchain tonite! Probably Nothing… #An8th ▶️ https://t.co/ogylEHmHbi pic.twitter.com/ye1Ei2uYA8 — Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) March 24, 2022 Titled Ape Drops 03 : An 8th, the mixtape features eights tracks with star-studded appearances from Daz Dillinger, Xzibit, Juicy Jay, and Mr. Cap, according to the company website. The mixtape theme is inspired by ApeCoin (APE) and Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), AllHipHop reports. Ape Drops 03 : An 8th features nearly 8,000 NFTs priced between 12 APE to 15 APE or $165 to $210 based on the current exchange rate, Coingape reports. Interested holders can listen to each track before securing it through BAYC’s APE token. The mixtape will only be...

Samantha Dorisca

Mar 25, 2022

TikTok Introduces Music Distribution Platform Where Artists Will Receive Most Of The Royalties

We will be enjoying more tunes from artists thanks to TikTok’s newest platform SoundOn. The “all-in-one platform for marketing and distribution” will showcase the talents of rising artists by broadening their influence. SoundOn will allow artists to upload music directly through TikTok, Resso, CapCut, and streaming giants such as Apple Music, Spotify, and Pandora, among others. “New artists and musical creators are a vibrant community within TikTok and SoundOn is designed to support them as they take the first steps in their career,” Ole Obermann, Global Head of Music at TikTok said, according to a press release. “Our SoundOn teams will guide creators on their journey to the big stage and bring the expertise and power of TikTok to life for the artist. We’re incredibly excited about how this will surface and propel new talent and how SoundOn will contribute to an increasingly diverse and growing global music industry.”

Samantha Dorisca

Mar 10, 2022

HBCU Alumni Launches The Black Artivism Capsule To Showcase The Art Of Creatives From Across The Globe

Nakia Booker’s introduction into the art world began as a young child learning different mediums of art from her grandfather. Decades later, the Southern University and A&M College graduate has returned to her roots through her brainchild The Black Artivism Capsule. The curated collection is now a home for 26 creatives to share their realities with the world through a Black lens. Featured artists include Raphael Adjetey Adjei Mayne, Ashley Nesmith, Khalid Thompson, and the late Crystal Kirk. The spread will feature the Black experience through all its facets such as civil unrest, health crises, and snapshots of a more hopeful future. “The place where I was at this time when all this was going on — I was feeling upset, angry, frustrated, like everybody else.  This project I started during the pandemic gave me hope and joy because it is timeless. It captures the past, present, and future so when you look at it you’ll be reminded of where we used to be and where we are now,” Booker...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 28, 2022

Quality Control Media Holdings Invests In SoundCloud As A Part Of Join Venture To Propel Emerging Artists

Quality Control (QC) is making moves. In a new partnership, Variety reports that SoundCloud will join forces with Solid Foundation, “the management and creative services arm of QC Media Holdings.” As a part of the partnership, too, Quality Control Media Holdings — founded by Quality Control Music founders Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas —  have also made an investment in SoundCloud. “Coach K and P are two of the most influential voices in music, having identified, developed and grown some of the most successful hip-hop acts of our time,” said Eliah Seton, president of SoundCloud, according to Variety. “With this deal, we’re bringing together SoundCloud, the largest A&R source on the planet, with the creative genius of Coach and P.” Quality Control will work alongside Soundcloud to invest in rising artists and help propel their careers by providing them with what they need to thrive. “With our years of ear-to-the-street skills coupled with SoundCloud’s endless stream of...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 22, 2022

Artists In New York Could Soon Receive Monthly Stipends Of Up To $2,400  —  Here's How

Artists in New York can finally expect financial relief. Business Insider reports artists in the Big Apple will receive monthly stipends ranging from $1,000 to $2,400 over 18 months. Creatives Rebuild New York — launched by Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander in 2021 — are spearheading the effort to combat the difficulties of navigating the pandemic in one of the world’s most expensive cities. The program will distribute $125 million in funding with $115 million of it coming from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “Funding in the arts and cultural sector has long prioritized support for organizations rather than for individual artists,” said Jamie Hand, the Director of Strategic Impact and Narrative Change at Creatives Rebuild New York, according to Business Insider. “CRNY aspires to build longer-term, replicable funding structures for artists that can be sustained outside the context of emergency relief.” The funding is long overdue as artists have suffered greatly. The...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 17, 2022