Three stars are supporting their hometown of Chicago, IL, with a new business project.
Nov 15, 2023
Reclaiming master recordings is a celebratory moment for every artist. The feat empowers artists by reclaiming ownership of what is rightfully theirs as they now own the copyrights to the original sound recordings of their favorite tunes. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, “‘By definition, that makes it the most authentic superior sonic account of the song.'” Not only that but owning one’s masters can be the stepping stone to creating wealth for future generations, thanks to royalties earned each time a song is played or duplicated. Although there is no fine print to the accomplishment, artists including Anita Baker, Rihanna, and Frank Ocean, have used their voices to earn back their master recordings. Here’s AfroTech’s inside look at their journeys.
Jul 22, 2022
Being known as one of the most talented powerhouses of our time, Anita Baker has been greatly esteemed in the music industry for decades. Now, recently, she has poured out admiration for one of today’s artists. According to Hypebeast, the legend took a moment at one of her live performances to show appreciation to Chance the Rapper, who helped her during her fight for control of her masters.
May 31, 2022
In 2016, Spike Lee called Chance the Rapper a fraud, according to XXL Magazine . Today, there’s someone out there that uses his name — and there’s no question that it’s a fraud. A new report released by CBS News revealed that a Chicago-area man has been using the rapper’s name to defraud unsuspecting women out of tens of thousands of dollars. The man, who is going by the pseudonym Jeffrey Washington, has been claiming that he’s working with CEDA (Community and Economic Development Association), together with Chance the Rapper, to help people “pay off financial obligations.” These financial obligations include mortgages, utility bills, and car insurance. But there’s just one problem with the scam: CEDA doesn’t cover what the scammer claims it covers. Instead, according to its official website, CEDA provides “heating and cooling assistance” to low-income residents of Chicago. And while the not-for-profit doesn’t provide mortgage assistance, it does provide assistance with affordable...
Apr 15, 2022
Rapper G Herbo continues to show love and give back to the city that raised him. In 2018, the Chicago-native purchased the building of his former school, Overton Elementary School, according to an Instagram post. Then, in 2013, Trading-U reports the elementary school was shut down, as part of a wave of public school closings. Thankfully, Herbo joined a project that helped turn it into a youth center, also serving as a music incubator and media lab for the kids. As he’s no stranger to helping his community, Herbo has even launched “Swervin’ Through Stress: Tools to Help Black Youth Navigate Mental Wellness.” His aim is to provide therapeutic resources for young adults who have experienced trauma and to raise public awareness about mental health issues. This past Saturday (Sept. 19), Herbo joined fellow Chicago rappers Vic Mensa and Chance The Rapper to do a peace walk with the kids along with a back-to-school drive. They gave away free shoes along with school supplies. Attendees were...
Sep 22, 2020
Quibi is finally here! Add the new mobile streaming platform to your regular Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video rotation. Launched earlier this month, Quibi offers over 50 scripted and unscripted shows. Its first batch of content includes daily essential news programs, documentary, competition shows and everything in between. What’s more, they’ve got some much-anticipated shows in the pipeline. Though Quibi’s aim was to provide entertainment while folks are on the go, the subscription-based service can still be a treat for those of us safely quarantining indoors and looking for some good feels. As Rolling Stone reports , Quibi is currently offering free 90-day subscriptions to anyone who signs up on their website before April 20. With that said, here are the most uplifting shows you should try out while it’s free.99! “Thanks A Million” Yes, this human interest show will tug at your heartstrings. The idea is that A-list celebs pay it forward with enormous acts of kindness — in the...
Apr 10, 2020