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K. Michelle Secures Ownership Of Her Masters — 'I Officially Own Myself And All My Upcoming Music Rights'

It wasn’t just the holiday season that had K. Michelle in good spirits. The R&B and country singer revealed she now has ownership of her masters.

Nov 27, 2023

Ice Spice Owns Her Masters, Publishing, And Has Creative Control — ‘No One On The Label Side Touches The Music’

Ice Spice could be still adjusting to her quick rise to fame. Despite that, she’s not falling for just anything.

May 12, 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.

May 10, 2023

Tink Didn't Make A Dime From 'Treat Me Like Somebody' But She Isn't Ashamed — 'I Feel Like That Song Carries Me Today'

Tink released her debut mixtape “Winter’s Diary” at age 16. Eleven years later, the R&B artist is still in the game and on the road, expressing her gratitude for her fans and the journey with her “Thanks 4 Everything Tour.”

Apr 24, 2023

Father Gifts Son 40 Acres For His 13th Birthday To Teach Him A 'Life Lesson'

This takes investing in your children to a whole new level.

Apr 3, 2023

Ice Cube Reportedly Looking To Sell Several Big3 Teams To Outside Investors

Ice Cube’s BIG3 basketball league may be broadening its scope to include outside investors.

Feb 15, 2023

How Knowledge Gained From Working For The Late Michael Jackson Led Two Founders To Success In Real Estate

After working for the late Michael Jackson, Faheem Muhammad and Michael Amir’s acquired knowledge over the years served as a launching pad to help underserved communities. “Mr. Jackson was always mission-driven. Everything he did had a purpose, which was to do what he could to make the world a better place,” Amir told AfroTech in an email interview. In the past, Muhammad worked for Jackson as head of security and Amir worked as the icon’s chief of staff. Now, the duo has found their contribution to fostering a more improved society by forging a business partnership alongside other close friends to create Oasis, a real estate investment , and development company. Oasis has a focus on the South Side of Chicago, as they saw a clear pathway to revisit the demographics they often saw in dire need during their upbringing.

Dec 7, 2022

'I'm Not About To Pay For My Own Stuff' — Ice Cube Says Warner Bros. Won't Hand Him The Rights To The 'Friday' Franchise

Ice Cube wants to gain control of the “Friday” franchise, but he isn’t looking to use his own coins.

Dec 6, 2022

Rapper GloRilla Claims She Didn't Make 'One Red Cent' From Smash Hit 'F.N.F. (Let’s Go)'

The rapper behind the smash hit “F.N.F. (Lets Go),” GloRilla, may soon teach us another lesson on the business of music.

Oct 18, 2022

Dame Dash On The Power Of Ownership In Web3 — 'We Have To Make Sure We Control The Narrative, Not Them'

Dame Dash is turning up his mic to encourage the Black community to take ownership.

Oct 7, 2022

Exclusive: How E-40 Went From Rapper To What He Calls 'The Epitome Of Black-Owned Business' By Investing In Himself

E-40 always knew he would be successful. In an exclusive interview with AfroTech, E-40 — whose real name is Earl Tywone Stevens Sr. — revealed he had a self-motivated spirit nurtured early on by those closest to him. He still credits his uncle, Saint Charles Thurman, as a mentor to this day. Saint Charles Thurman owned a painting company and played an instrumental role in teaching E-40 the ins and outs of the business. Outside of his venture, he was well-known as a soul singer and also released his own records in the 1970s. Therefore, E-40 believed he could also pursue his passion for music and all things in between because he saw it firsthand with his uncle. Fast forward and E-40 has become a permanent fixture in Hip-Hop history thanks to a staggering music catalog that includes “Sprinkle Me,” and “Tell Me When to Go.” He has remained relevant for over three decades and has kept his adolescent promises alive by building a business empire that includes Goon With The Spoon and Earl...

Aug 24, 2022

Tyler Perry Once Paid The Late Cicely Tyson $1M For One Day Of Work To Give Her 'Some Security In Her Latter Years'

Tyler Perry is a man of many talents! Yet, he played it small early on. “I was able to make some incredible deals by allowing people to underestimate me. I always played it small, listened to what they had to say and made the deal. I’d say, “Well, I’ve got to own it.” They’d say, “Oh, OK — whatever.” They didn’t think that my first film [2005’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which debuted at number 1] was going to amount to much. But the support I had from the audience that knew me — those voices, those standing ovations — gave me the confidence to understand that it’s a blessing to be hidden,” Tyler Perry told AARP The Magazine.

Aug 2, 2022

Jay-Z Reveals Reasoning Behind Why He Sold Half Of His Champagne Brand To LVMH: 'You Can Own 100 Percent Of Nothing'

Reaching the greatest of all time (GOAT) status is no easy feat. In basketball, many argue that Michael Jordan is the GOAT. Serena Williams can be seen as the GOAT of tennis, but when it comes to this music thing, specifically Hip-Hop — many would suggest that Jay-Z holds the title. Since “Reasonable Doubt” in 1996, Shawn Carter has given the world several top hits that pushed his superstar status through the roof. The New York native has been able to leverage all of his success and become a significant investor and businessman. However, his perspective about ownership might be shocking.

Jul 18, 2022