WHO'S HOT & WHO'S NOT IN HIP-HOP AND R&B?
50 Cent is not only a multi-platinum artist; he is also a savvy
businessman with several ventures under his belt, including a clothing line
and a beverage line. 50 is also affiliated with a video game company and his
image is licensed to several other companies. If that’s not enough, 50 recently
released a biopic on his life.
Kanye West has the Midas touch as an artist and producer; whatever
he touches turns to platinum. Kanye was partly responsible for the success of
John Legend’s debut album and he plans to launch a
clothing line in the near future.
Ja Rule’s career has hit the skids, he can’t give away records
and his last two albums failed to reach gold status. As an actor, he’s not impressive.
I hope he invested his money wisely because it’s doubtful that he can make a
Ciara is red hot right now! She is sexy and she can out
dance her background dancers. Hopefully she can keep up the momentum. Her upcoming
projects include a tour with Gwen Stefani and she
plans to go in the studio with Kanye West at the end
of the year to work on her next album. She will also make her film debut in
“Rumble,” scheduled for a 2006 release; the film will
also star Marques Houston.
Beyonce had a successful career in “Destiny’s Child”
and she has a successful solo career. She’s also slated to star
in three upcoming films and she just launched her fashion line. Beyonce is also
considerably wealthy with homes in Texas, New York and Hollywood.
Alicia Keys: Alicia Keys is enjoying a very successful career.
Not only does she receive album royalties, she also receives songwriting and
producer royalties. She will also star in a upcoming film, produced by Halle
Ashanti’s career seems to be over. She has yet to equal
the success of her debut album and her recent albums barely ship gold, like
Ja Rule, her acting is less than impressive. Hopefully she can
fall back on songwriting and producing.
Jay-Z is the man to emulate. President Carter is
one of the richest black men in this country under 40. He has diversified his
interests very well and has become quite rich in the process: Roc-A-Wear
clothing line, a percentage in the New Jersey Nets, Armadale Vodka, a chain
of 40/40 nightclubs and he’s the President of Def
Jam . Rumor has it; Jay may be invited to participate on the lucrative
speaking circuit, to encourage young black entrepreneurs.
P. Diddy is also a shrewd businessman despite the fact
that his Sean John label has decreased significantly
in sales. Diddy makes a fortune off Notorious Big’s publishing
rights. Diddy’s restaurants continue to thrive but his Bad Boy record
label hasn’t turned a big profit in several years but excitement continues to
generate over his women’s clothing line. Diddy is still the second richest man
Master P: When we published the ‘Richest People in
Hip-Hop’ list last year, we received numerous emails, asking,
why wasn’t Master P included on the list? Because
Master P ‘discreetly’ filed for bankruptcy protection (personal
and corporate) and allegations have always persisted that he greatly
exaggerated his wealth and record sales. Fortune magazine ranked Master P as
one of the 40 richest people under 40 with $361 million in holdings. A few months after
the list was published, Master P’s company filed for bankruptcy.
Missy Elliott’s latest release “The Cookbook” is
not her best work. Although I am a Missy Elliott fan, her recent work cannot
equal her earlier work. Apparently, fans agree, I doubt if this album went platinum
but compared to others, she is still one of the most successful female rappers/producers
on the scene.
Lil Kim’s latest release didn’t live up to expectations despite
garnering four mics in the ‘Source.’ I thought this
album would be her biggest selling record to date; it barely shipped platinum.
Brown: When we first started putting this feature together, we
asked, what is taking Foxy so long to release an album? After hearing about
her medical problems, we will reserve judgment and keep Foxy in our prayers.
Mariah Carey made a stunning comeback with her album ‘The Emancipation
Of Mimi.’ The album has sold 4 million copies thus far and Carey is winning
Jermaine Dupri went through a rough patch in 2003 when he was
hit with a tax debt in excess of $2.5 million dollars.
Federal agents raided two of Dupri’s homes and confiscated furniture, computers
and part of Dupri’s car collection to settle his debt with the IRS. Dupri overcame
the storm and is back on his ‘A’ game. He was a contributing producer on Mariah
Carey’s album, ‘The Emancipation Of Mimi.’
The Neptunes are still the most successful record producers
on the music scene. A Neptunes produced record is played every 10 minutes somewhere
in this country and they charge between $250,000-$500,000 per track.
Despite being a scandal-plagued celebrity, R.
Kelly continues to produce multi-platinum records for a variety
of artists, new school and old school. Everything he touches turns to platinum.
Dr. Dre continues to be a phenomenal producer. He set
the bar; he really is the Quincy Jones of rap. A ‘Dre beat’ can run from $250,000-$500,000.
Teddy Riley helped pave the way for young producers. He was the
creator of ‘New Jack Swing’ and he took urban music
to another level. Riley was still in his 20’s when he was being paid six figures
to produce tracks. Since then, he has fallen off considerably. In 2003, he was
facing a $1.45 million tax debt; he filed bankruptcy to help restructure
SCHOOL & NEWCOMERS:
Can Mary J. Blige hold off newcomers Keyshia Cole
and Fantasia Barrino? Will she retain her crown as the Queen
of Hip-Hop? We shall see with the recent release of her album
Fantasia: Very impressive solo debut with three million
in sales. Her autobiography did big numbers during the first week
of release and slid off the best-selling charts, shortly afterwards.
Keyshia Cole has a hot album, if this material is any indication
of her future work, she will be around for a very long time. Her sound is refreshing
and she can sing!
following singers have fallen off so drastically, it's doubtful they can make
Brandy Ashanti Monica
HOT TO STOP!