A Look a Hip Hop and Cinema – From Colors to Black Panther The Album

I truly believe Death Row though fraught with controversy laid the groundwork that TDE now walks on as a $100M company with iconic artists making legendary music.

Now in the era of #NewLegends along with Drake and J Cole, Kendrick has a chokehold on the hip hop world and this film’s trust with TDE has paid off with the soundtrack about to hit #1 on Billboard 200 album charts.

Hip Hop is now Pop culture surpassing Rock & Roll as the most popular genre in the States.

With Eminem and Three Six Mafia each winning Academy Awards for their songs in films 8 Mile and Hustle and Flow it shows hip hop is here to stay and also that our soundtracks are just as valid as the dominant society.

Kevin Hart: I Can’t Make This Up

The reason I call him one of the masters of the pivot is his nonchalant but humble attitude leads to accepting where he is then working even harder to surpass others expectations.

His growth from working up the ranks as a shoe salesman for City Sports to sacrificing and studying his craft every night at various comedy clubs.

 

If you thought he was an overnight success when Think Like A Man hit or even if you’re annoyed that he is all over movie screens from Jumanji to his comedy specials this book shows the 16 plus year journey of being an overnight success.

Price Of Fame – Lil Bow Wow to Shad Moss

Shad Moss, better known as Bow Wow, is an anomaly. Sometimes he confesses his desire to be the next Will Smith then other times he’s caught faking the funk leading to hilarity (#BowWowChallenge).

In hip hop it’s a very ‘what have you done for me lately’ culture. Artists can be recognized as legends but dismissed as washed after a few lackluster releases. 

For Grammy nominated stars like The Game & Snoop Dogg have moved to independent labels to make up for recently released albums failing to receive Platinum or Gold certifications.

Dame Dash – The Cost of Independence

Damon Dash, like those who came before him like Master P and J Prince, has always preached the message of having you own. Self determination by having equity.

He truly practices what he preaches whether it was in the Roc La Familia days of owning stake in Armadale, Rocawear and branching out into filmmaking with Roc Films or now Dusko Whiskey, CEO, an upscale clothing entity, and even producing motor oil.

His eye for opportunity is second to none, he knows how to monetize off of lifestyle.