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Roddy Ricch's Single 'The Box' Cleared Of All Copyright Allegations — What This Could Mean For Up-And-Coming Musicians and Recording Labels

Roddy Ricch, whose given name is Roderick Wayne Jr., has emerged victorious in a two-year legal battle surrounding his chart-topping hit song, “The Box.”

Feb 20, 2024

Rapper IDK Went From Being Incarcerated to Now Teaching a Music Biz Crash Course at Harvard

Rapper IDK — whose moniker is short for “Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge” — has experienced a major transformation in his music journey of going from being incarcerated to signing with a major record label. His struggle to find his life’s purpose has led him to being a successful artist/producer. Now, he wants to ensure other rising artists don’t have to go through similar circumstances to follow their dreams. In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, the 28-year-old Maryland rapper announced the launch of No Label Academy — a 10-day music business crash course at Harvard University curated for aspiring industry leaders with no prior experience or exposure. “The idea started when I realized how my situation had a lot to do with the odds being against me,” IDK told Rolling Stone. “I, being a felon and having minimal education in terms of certifications, was still finding a way to create a career that’s not only lucrative, but in line with what I actually wanted to do in life.”...

Dec 3, 2020

Rapper Jeezy Goes From Artist to Executive in New Deal With Def Jam

Not only is veteran rapper Jeezy renewing his record deal with Def Jam Recordings — his music home since 2005 — he’s also signing on to the company as senior staff. According to Variety , Jeezy has inked a multi-faceted contract with Def Jam Recordings, inclusive of album releases as well as a consultancy with the label. “It’s an honor to return to the label I’ve called home for 15 years, not only as an artist but as an executive,” Jeezy told Billboard . “I spent most of my career learning from trial and error. I am happy to say that I am back on the team that helped me build my legacy from the streets to the boardroom and nothing makes me more fulfilled than being in a position to help guide and add value to the next generation.” In his new role, Jeezy will serve as a senior advisor to the interim chairman and CEO Jeff Harleston, where he will consult on matters related to A&R and artist development. “Jeezy is so meaningful to Def Jam; it’s legacy, it’s past, present and future....

Nov 13, 2020

How Nicki Minaj Became the Richest Female Rapper in the World

This year, multidisciplinary artist Nicki Minaj, born Onika Tanya Maraj, has hit several milestones in both her career and personal life. Minaj and her worldwide fanbase — known as “The Barbz” — celebrated the birth of her first child, as well as the 10 year anniversary of the release of her debut album, “ Pink Friday .” With over a decade under her belt as a pioneer in female rap music, let’s take a look at how the Trinidadian-American rapper built her empire. Celebrity Net Worth recorded Nicki Minaj’s net worth as over $80 million. In addition to her musical success, Minaj derives her income from touring, personal appearances and performances, film and television, and endorsement deals. Her journey began in 2009 when the Queens rapper released her infamous mixtape “ Beam Me Up Scotty” which featured the hit song “ Itty Bitty Piggy” that put the lyricist on the map. That year she also signed to Lil Wayne’s record label Young Money Entertainment and eventually released “ Pink...

Oct 22, 2020

21 Savage Is Expanding His Teen Financial Literacy Program

Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage is expanding his “Bank Account” program in partnership with Juma and Get Schooled to offer an online course to teach teenagers financial literacy. The courses cover topics on saving, investing, debit and credit. Participants receive badges for every course they complete. Students can also ask financial questions by texting “money” to 33-55-77, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Juma works to provide employment for low-income youth in Houston, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Seattle, and Atlanta. The expansion also includes 150 teenage recruits for the campaign. 21 Savage is expected to give away $15,000 to provide each student with $100 deposits to their bank accounts, according to AJC. Last year, 21 Savage launched his “Bank Account” campaign to help Atlanta teens learn financial skills. He donated $21,000 to support 21 students in the program. 21 Savage made headlines last month for being detained by ICE for being in the U.S....

Mar 2, 2019