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Kirk Franklin Claims 100% Of His Debut Album’s Publishing Rights Were Taken By His Label

The roots of Gospel music can be traced through several popular genres. And the direction of Gospel music, specifically, has steadily evolved over time. One person who can get a lot of credit for its modern revolution is Kirk Franklin. Making his musical debut in 1993 with the album, “Kirk Franklin and The Family,” the Texas native has been blazing the charts and airwaves with faith-based hits meant to inspire those who encounter his music. However, the acclaim of his first album did not yield the monetary returns that typically come with a successful project.

Josh Rodgers

Dec 15, 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.

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 19, 2023

How The Late Young Dolph Retained Ownership Of His Masters, Which Could Benefit His Family Today

In Young Dolph’s popular song “Get Paid,” he gave listeners two primary rules for wealth accumulation. “Rule number one (What’s that?), get the money first (Okay). Rule number two (What?), don’t forget to get the money (Ayy).” And that’s the advice he lived by and supported his family with, even after his passing. Born Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., the Memphis-based rapper was known for some hits like “Major,” “Preach,” and “To Be Honest.” Beyond his music, Dolph was also known for his philanthropic work in his hometown. According to Mic, between 2015-2019, Dolph gave out turkeys to families for Thanksgiving. He also donated $25,000 to Hamilton High School, the rapper’s alma mater. Days before his tragic passing in November 2021, Dolph was planning a food and clothing giveaway for needy families in Memphis, TN. And while his acts of service and kindness reached many in the community, he was keen on building wealth for his family.

Josh Rodgers

Dec 27, 2022

John Legend Shares How His Connection To Ye's Success Helped Boost His Own: 'I’d Get Really Lowball Offers For Record Deals'

John Legend is widely known as one of today’s top musicians, but it took a helping hand along the way to reach stardom. According to The Guardian, the singer told the outlet that Kanye West becoming a force in the industry served as an example of what was to come in his career.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jun 1, 2022

It Wasn't Until 'Watch The Throne' That Hit-Boy Realized His Deal Was Predatory — 'It Took Years For Me To Even Know'

When you’re an established producer like Hit-Boy, one might think that with new levels of success comes more commas on the check. However, in the music industry, that seems to be an anomaly. Hit-Boy, born Chauncey Alexander Hollis Jr., is the perfect name for the producer responsible for hits that have moved the culture for years. From credits on Jay-Z and Ye’s “Watch the Throne” to producing tracks with Justin Timberlake, albums with Nas, Big Sean, and the list goes on, he has had his fair share of what life in the industry looks like. But, things aren’t always as they appear. “I’m 33 now and have multiple Grammys, produced a lot of your favorite artists’ biggest songs on top of turning in over 450-plus records since I first signed and @upmg still doesn’t have it in them to simply be fair,” said Hit-Boy in a previous post on Instagram dating back to 2020. “If they’re doing this to me with all I’ve accomplished through hard work, I can only imagine the kids who don’t have big...

Shanique Yates

May 11, 2022