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Busta Rhymes Gives Credit To His Mom For Signing His Deal At Age 17 — ‘There Probably Wouldn't Have Been A Busta Rhymes'

It’s no secret that Trevor George Smith Jr., otherwise known to the world as Busta Rhymes, is one of the most decorated artists in Hip-Hop history. However, who do we have to thank for that?

Aug 15, 2023

Tank Recalls Blowing A $250K Advance From His Record And Publishing Deal — 'That's When It Went Left'

Tank has continued to remain focused on the genre that launched his career.

May 16, 2023

Teyana Taylor Says She Didn't Feel Protected While Signed To Pharrell Williams' Label At Age 15

For many people, their first introduction to Teyana Taylor was during her appearance on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16″ in 2007. For nearly two decades since the episode’s release, the Harlem native has blossomed into one of today’s top multi-hyphenates as a singer, dancer, actress, creative director — you name it. Taylor has found great success in all of her endeavors. However, the early stage of her career as a teenager appears to have started off on rocky ground.

Apr 24, 2023

Rapper Papoose On Signing A $1.5M Record Deal In 2007 — 'It Was The Worst Mistake I Ever Made In My Life'

From an upcoming artist or an outsider’s perspective, receiving a million-dollar deal may look like a good thing. However, this wasn’t the case for Papoose.

Apr 19, 2023

'We Split Like $5,000 Between Four Of Us' — 6LACK Recalls Signing A Record Deal With His Friends Around But No Lawyer

Once 6LACK had the freedom and backing to push out his creative vision under Love Renaissance (LVRN), it catapulted his career in the music industry. Released in 2016, the R&B artist’s debut album, “Free 6lack,” went on to become certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). 6LACK’s Gold sophomore album, “East Atlanta Love Letter,” was a successful follow-up. What’s more, his album, “Since I Have a Lover,” is set to drop on March 24.

Mar 20, 2023

Rich Homie Quan Reflects On Inking A $19K Record Deal — 'I Was So Broke, But I Was So Smart'

Sometimes it’s about working smarter, not harder — especially when it comes to the music business. Atlanta rapper Rich Homie Quan adopted a money-making mindset early in his career that has proven to be a recipe for success.

Jan 12, 2023

Fivio Foreign Reveals He Received A $5K Advance After Signing With Mase — 'I Just Signed ... Immediately'

Mase has been outspoken for a long time on the alleged harm Diddy has caused to Bad Boy Records’ artists. "Thank you Puff, you know he paid for that right? I got you n****, I heard you loud and clear." – Mase Clearly Mase and Diddy still not on good terms 😂 — NigelDPresents (@NigelDPresents) May 15, 2022 Now, it appears that the rapper himself may not be in the clear when it comes to his track record as a businessman.

Jul 26, 2022

How Drake Helped Yung Bleu Go From Receiving A $250K Record Deal To An Offer Of Up To $9M

A feature from Drake is like a golden ticket in the industry and Yung Bleu revealed that he’s one of the artists who has benefitted from it in a recent interview.

Jun 28, 2022

2 Chainz Recalls Paying Ludacris To Get Out Of His Record Deal, 'I Had To Pay $100K Per Album'

What would you sacrifice in order to pivot the trajectory of your career? For 2 Chainz, it cost him a hefty bag. According to Complex, the rapper had signed to Ludacris’ record label, Disturbing the Peace, with his former rap partner Dolla Boy as a duo — known as Playaz Circle. After gaining insight on how to prosper in the industry as a budding artist at the time, he decided that he wanted out of his initial deal and to take off in the game on his own terms. 2 Chainz eventually was able to get out of his Disturbing tha Peace deal, but he shared on an episode of “Drink Champs” that he had to pay up first. “I woke up and called [Ludacris] and said, ‘I don’t want to be on the label anymore.’ Then they said, ‘You can’t do that. You can’t just get off a label like that.’ … They thought I was about to go sign with Cash Money because I had a strong relationship with Tune at the time,” he shared. He continued: “I been around ’Cris, I been around Wayne, and then I’m learning I can really do...

Mar 22, 2022

Snoop Dogg Recalls Helping Fellow Rapper Benny The Butcher Get Paid His Worth In Def Jam Deal After Being 'Lowballed'

When Snoop Dogg isn’t securing a new deal for himself, he’s helping to put other creatives on. AfroTech previously shared that the emcee turned executive creative and strategic consultant for Def Jam discovered voiceover artist L. Michelle and placed her throughout his latest album, “Algorithm.” Now, Snoop has revealed how he lent a helping hand to fellow rapper Benny The Butcher. In an interview with Hip-Hop journalist Elliott Wilson, he spoke about helping the Buffalo, NY native snag a better deal with Def Jam that properly measured up to the successful lane he’s created in Hip-Hop, according to Revolt. “He’s like, ‘Oh man, they lowballed me.’ I said, ‘Lowballed you? They don’t know who you is?’” Snoop said. He continued: “I’m going to call the boss. You’re going to tell the boss what you want, and he’s going to give you what you want and you’re going to sign.” The OG guiding Benny to put his foot down led to him signing a deal with more dollar signs behind it, according to reports.

Mar 9, 2022

Reality TV Star Karlie Redd Secures Multi-Million Dollar Deal With 'Cryptocurrency Label' Legacy Records

Karlie Redd is the latest from “Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta” to secure a major win in the music industry. The reality TV star has signed a global multi-million dollar deal with “cryptocurrency label” Legacy Records, a record label that pays its artists in cryptocurrency, according to a press release. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Legacy Records (@legacyrecords) The new signee is Legacy Records’ first female artist. Earlier this month, the label hosted an exclusive red-carpet dinner event in Atlanta to kick off Redd’s record deal and to preview her new music. The guest lineup included fellow “Love & Hip-Hop” stars Rasheeda and Kirk Frost and Jhonni Blaze, as well as entertainment lawyer Navarro Gray , Chief Creative Officer Walid Azami , Redd’s manager Ryan Fionda and the label’s CEO Keishia McLeod. “What intrigued me most about Karlie is her hustle and versatility,” McLeod said in the press release. “ It’s admiring because she truly understands the importance of a...

Nov 22, 2021