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“I walked around the music industry for a bunch of years, right? I saw a lot of rich people. I didn’t see wealthy.  I got into the tech industry, I see wealthy every day. The Snapchat CEO is 24 years old and a billionaire. How many billionaires do I have to walk around the music industry to find? I’m in Silicon Valley, I’m in L.A., I’m in Santa Monica, and I’m seeing billionaires all over the place. And they’re young. That’s not in the music industry.”

-Chamillionaire Interview with Vice, 2015


During the NCAA playoff, there were some folks who decided to take digs at rapper Chamillionaire.  The rapper was seen sitting court-side, and that’s when the internet went IN.  Many were wondering how the rapper was able to afford those seats because he, “hasn’t had a hit in years”. 


There are a few details about the world-wide web that we must remember: people are quick to judge, people are quick to throw shots, and people do not take the time to research.  What many don’t realize is not only did Chamillionaire have a successful run in the rap game, the young Houston native was smart enough to take what he learned in the music business and expand into other, very lucrative opportunities.

Chamillionaire did something that many of us have to train ourselves to do more often; that is, pay attention to what is going on around you.  Is your industry growing, changing, or evolving?  How about your city – what type of companies are moving and leaving your area?  Can you live the way you want by continuing to do what you do?  These questions and more are vital when making career and business moves, and these are the types of observations that Chamillionaire made when he decided to take the jump from the music industry into the tech industry.

In an interview with Vice, shortly after his hit, “Riding Dirty”, Chamillionaire began to dabble in the tech world. He began going to to tech conferences, mingling with venture capitalists, and making investments into other tech companies.  Chamillionaire then moved into advising for startups and investors.  In 2014 at the age of 35, he invested in an online video network, Maker Studios.  Maker was acquired by Disney for $500 million, with a promise to make another $450 million. Though Chamillionaire would not go into detail how much he made from that investment, he says that he, “expects to make way more doing this than what he did as a rapper.”

Chamillionaire has dreams of becoming a founder and spends his time, researching, learning, and soaking in the lessons of the venture capital world.  The rapper spent time among these billionaires, took up a residency within a venture capital firm so that he could learn more, sits in on meetings, takes notes, and uses what he learns to educate his rap counterparts and others.

Big Boi from Outkast was recently on The Breakfast Club Morning Show, proudly proclaiming how he, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songs, E40, Ceelo and many others have teamed up with Chamillionaire in an investment syndicate, where they buy parts of tech companies, wait for them to turn a profit or get bought, and make lots of money.

Chamillionaire has not only been smart about his business moves, but he has been quiet, strategic, and not afraid to share his wealth of knowledge with this friends in the industry.  So internet! Laugh all you want; in the meantime Chamillionaire is laughing all the way to the bank.

“When I was in Iraq, I was like, ‘OK, rap got me here.’ I’ll always keep that in my mind and realize that rap is what got me into this venture capital firm. Rap got me out of the hood. Rap got me out of Houston and helped me to see the world. But now that I’ve seen the world and I see so much, I’m just on this mission to let everybody else know—especially my peers in the music industry—about what’s happening over here.”


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The movie that we have been waiting years to see is finally here! The Tupac biopic has finally been released! The anticipation that many fans have held will finally get some relief this week with the premiere opening of the official “All Eyes On Me – Legends Never Die” biopic.

Will this be as good as the NWA biopic?  Will the characters look like they were born to play each role?  Will we see the various facets of such a complex and larger than life Tupac? Will Demetrius Shipp Jr. meet extremely high expectations of nailing the role of Shakur? This week, all of our questions will be answered.

This week, the Black Collective along with 99.3 The Box, and Monster Music are holding an advanced screen of “All Eyes On Me”.  If you are a true fan of hip-hop, black culture, and music you can see this movie before anyone else by attending the official screening going down Thursday, June 15th at the Terrace Theater-Click here for tickets.

The true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.), from his early days in New York to his status as one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices. Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mindset establish him as a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his death.

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It’s the anniversary of Lemonade. Beyonce’s groundbreaking album is still being talked about, recently earning a prestigious Peabody award as,“a sublime piece of work in the scripted television field.”  On the anniversary of this epic album, Bey is focused on continuing to take the message of girl empowerment by awarding some very special young women around the country.

Through her website, Beyonce announced a group of scholarships called the, “Formation Scholars“.  This scholarship program was created to, “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”  Naturally, these scholarships are geared toward young girls studying creative arts, music, literature, or African American Studies.  There will be one award given out at each of the following institutions: Boston’s Berklee College of Music; Howard University in Washington, D.C.; Parsons School of Design in New York City; and Atlanta’s Spelman College.  Two of these schools are Historically black institutions and the other two are colleges geared toward the arts.

Although there are no details as to the amount of money awarded; anything helps in the world of academics and college expenses.  Thank you to artists like Chance the Rapper, Beyonce and a plethora of other artists who continue to support the arts, give back to their communities, and try to make the world a better place by being an influence and making it happen for the betterment of the culture.  BRAVO.



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Instead of going against the grain as usual these rappers have chosen to go for the gut of the industry to speak on the reality of the music that is being played today. Real Hip Hop Heads have had the conversations about how some music shouldn’t be played on the radio or being in the ears of young people. I mean don’t get me wrong just about every generation has its share of “ratchet” music whether it was just called something , hey if you go peel about some tracks from the 60s -70s you will hear some interesting things…just saying.

But music today has gone way past “too far” with so much being allowed on the radio that eventually somebody was going to say more than enough…..

Now, our first artist was J. Cole with the release of freestyles as “4 your Eyez Only” dropped, remember

“Clap at the fake deep rappers

The OG gatekeep rappers..

The would-you-take-a break-please rappers

Bunch of words and ain’t saying sh***, I hate these rappers

Especially the amateur eight week rappers

Lil’ whatever—just another short bus trappers

Napoleon complex, you this tall rappers

The streets don’t f*** with you , you Pitchfork rappers

Chosen by the white man, you hipster rappers”-J.Cole

 A verse as powerful as he is coming for the industries NECK with this one, simply because of the so called “talent” on the air waves and social media.  He was coming for all the “ratchet –ness” that is plaguing the industry today because talent is barely present anymore .well that is if you talk to a 15 year old or somebody in the neighborhood that only listens to the radio period. I mean you can tell a lot about a person based off their playlist.

But then a force to be reckoned with came THROUGH!!!!!!


With the drop of “The Heart Part 4” where he clearly is addressing not only politics and someone who shall remain nameless that is tiptoeing around his name.

But then there was HUMBLE….

Were the words are so cut throat …….there is no need to sit here and type them here….

Kendrick Lamar not only comes for the industry with the words, but in the visuals of the video as well. He even gets into the photo shop craze of the world using millions of filters. King Kendrick basically comes for the world in 6 minutes.  Addressing various issues conceding the music industry and how it has turned into a Jim Crow show of “talent” instead of realness.

The hunger for real hip hop is at an all-time high because of the lack their of even though talent still exist.

Lamar even warned everyone to get it right by the album release date … If you haven’t had a chance to check out this piece of hiphop art, check out a sneak peak below.



Aqueilla C. Terry, commonly known to many of her followers as “A.C.T” ; is a talented artists of this generation. Born and raised in Richmond, VA is truly a gem of her time. She has been writing for over 10 years as a young child to know a young woman in a world were “words” are her weapon of choice to achieve success. Often considered to be Erykah Badu’s daughter for her way with words, style, presence, music selections and overall persona. A.C.T. is definitely going to take over the world with wide range of creativity. Her ambition is driven by her will to succeed in reaching her goals, but by doing so by remaining herself along the journey. A.C.T. redefines the young black woman by sticking to her beliefs and who she is inside.

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Meet Georgia middle school social studies teacher, Mr. Yancy.  Yancy has gone viral again, for all the right reasons.  Mr. Yancy is one of those teachers; you know, the kind we use to have back in the day.  Mr. Yancy is the type of teacher that can effectively communicate with students, he’s relatable , he makes learning fun, AND he uses effective teaching techniques to make students remember what they’ve learned.

Mr. Yancy used the details from the Civil War, and put a pop-culture spin on it.  He took the Migos most recent hit, “Bad & Boujee” and remixed it into a history lesson called , “Mad & Losing”.  Instead of “my bitch is bad and boujee” this remix states, “my troops are mad and losing,” in reference to General Grant and the Emancipation Proclamation!  Now THIS is a great way of taking history and pop culture, and intertwining it to make learning fun.

Last year Mr. Yancy remixed Adele’s “Hello” to teach his students about the Cherokee and that “dumb treaty”. Peep how the kids go from trying to contain their laughter, to singing along. Mr. Yancy – you’re truly dope!


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