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Metro Boomin Went From Being A Morehouse College Student To A Grammy-Nominated Music Producer With An Estimated $45M Net Worth

The production tagline on Metro Boomin’s beats, “If Young Metro don’t trust you, I’m gone shoot you,” is more than a cultural statement — it’s rooted in the long-time friendship and business partnership he has with Atlanta, GA, rapper Future. Emerging from St. Louis, MO, Metro Boomin, born Leland Tyler Wayne, has carved his name in the annals of Hip-Hop history. His talent and ingenuity have propelled him to the forefront of the industry, with his production credits and collaborative acclaim spanning chart-topping songs with Drake, Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, and The Weeknd, among others. It’s About More Than Rap For Metro Boomin While Metro Boomin’s catalog is predominantly rooted in Rap and Hip-Hop, his music is a testament to his diverse range of influences. From the Pop icons that shaped his early musical journey to the eerie soundscapes of horror movies, his unique blend of inspirations is a fascinating insight into his creative process. “Michael Jackson. He was always...

Josh Rodgers

Apr 12, 2024

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

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

Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Label Starts New Business Venture With Music-Tech Company To Help The Next Generation Of Artists

Grammy award-winning producer and business mogul Jermaine Dupri finalized a deal allowing his label to develop a new crop of artists.

Michelle Burk

Feb 9, 2024

How Hip-Hop Has Transcended Beyond Music Spaces Over The Past 50 Years

On Aug. 11, 1973, the course of history changed forever. The way the culture experienced music also shifted, and the renowned genre that is known as Hip-Hop was birthed thanks to DJ Kool Herc’s “back to school jam” located at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx borough of New York. A party that was created to celebrate his sister Cindy Campbell is now one of the most memorable moments known to society — it’s the reason that Hip-Hop exists today. Photo Credit: Heritage Art / Heritage Images

Shanique Yates

Aug 11, 2023

How LL Cool J Maintained Financial Security Over His Nearly 40-Year Career — 'I've Never Been A Slave To My Lifestyle'

From the very beginning in 1973, Hip-Hop has always been a movement. Now, 50 years later, the impact of what the genre has burgeoned into speaks for itself. The groundbreaking genre went from being birthed out of economic hard times to today being worth an estimated $7.7 billion, according to Gitnux.

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 4, 2023

A Ring Worn By Tupac Days Before His Passing Sells At Auction For A Whopping $1.02M

One fan now has a piece of Hip-Hop royalty within their reach.

Shanique Yates

Jul 26, 2023

Redman Sends Warning — 'Do Not Let Hip-Hop Be Ruined By Technology'

Another rap legend has shared their thoughts about the use of artificial intelligence(AI) within the Hip-Hop community — Redman.

Shanique Yates

Jun 28, 2023

Before Free Marie Was Making Waves In Hip-Hop, She Was A 'Lonely Only' In The Tech Industry

August 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of hip-hop — a genre that has since become a billion-dollar industry beloved by people across the globe.

Shanique Yates

May 31, 2023

LL COOL J Shares Why He Gave Artists Like Run-DMC Stake In Rock The Bells

LL COOL J is adamant about giving the pioneers of Hip-Hop their flowers. And as AfroTech previously told you, with Rock The Bells — created to empower Hip-Hop culture “from its roots to the modern day” — he’s doing just that.

Samantha Dorisca

May 10, 2023

LL COOL J Flexes Owning His Masters — 'I've Owned Them For 20-Something Years'

Maybe this is why they call him Big L’y. In 1984, legendary entertainer LL COOL J began creating demo tapes from his grandparent’s home. Now, nearly 40 years later, not only is he considered a Hip-Hop pioneer, but he has also planted the seeds to ensure that he leaves behind a massive legacy.

Shanique Yates

Jan 27, 2023

Jeezy Recalls Reactions To Him Leaving The Streets For A Rap Career — 'It Was So Funny To People'

All it takes is one friend to encourage you to step into your greatness — even when others don’t fully see the vision. For Jeezy, that friend happened to be fellow emcee Tip “T.I.” Harris.

Shanique Yates

Nov 2, 2022

Exclusive: E-40 Reveals Snoop Dogg Inspired Hip-Hop Supergroup Mount Westmore To Drop Their Debut Album In The Metaverse

Standing on the Mount Rushmore hill of Hip-Hop are trailblazers E-40, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and Too Short.

Samantha Dorisca

Oct 18, 2022