There have been plenty of boutique labels that have made major marks in this industry. The current “Def Jam” appears to be Cash Money/Young Money records. They have the artists, the pedigree, the sales & the longevity that lends to its leaders being real executives. But to keep that generational relevance there needs to be some sort of corporate rules. A step by step booklet for you to get. I’m a firm believer that YMCMB is at risk. Here is why…. “Hero Complex” – an inherent desire to help others. It is a compulsion to help make their world right. Add in a healthy dose of ego and this is what Cash Money/Young Money is suffering from….
Real quick: what is the greatest selling rap album of all times?
We’ll get to the answer and why in a few minutes, but first…
What we are told from the outside looking in and what insiders know about album sales and who/what drives, them are two very different things. Let’s start by exploring some of the biggest misunderstandings in urban music:
Here’s another project I didn’t see GothamJungle caring about but when a record appears, we do follow the trail to see if there is an album. When Wale 1st appeared with Lady Gaga on his debut single the world was like “How’d he pull that off??” & “Who does he know??”. I asked the same question because he really wasn’t passing my “who cares” test. But he is a grinder staying relevant by repping himself and the DC area very well over the past couple years. And by merging with Maybach Music & Rick Ross (very nice chess move FYI) he planted himself directly in the hip-hop crosshairs. Now we’ve seen Rick Ross make his mark. Let’s see if DC’s finest can do the same.
Never thought I would be here GoJu Nation. Tyrese Gibson is back with a new album. And GothamJungle is here to review it. You’d figure fiscally movie wise with the blockbusters ‘Fast Five’ & Transformers 3 that Mr. Gibson would be comfortable in his evolving star lane. But that’s not the case. He’s written a book this year and with EMI at the distribution helm his album is independent (with Alicia Keys former mgmt. MBK completing the team). A pretty full year for the singer/actor. And let’s not forget how he’s a twitter beast also. Now that the dossier is out there lets talk about this album.
Ok GoJu Nation before we get back into the grind of da business and da industry, I want to introduce you to Skully N’fo. He’s here to be the social commentator for GoJu Nation. No sugar-coating here. What ever is happening in the entertainment landscape (especially in music), Skully N’fo will be here to express. NO filter, just the reality. So take a harmless couple of minutes out your day and enjoy the latest addition to the GothamJungle machine. You may wanna cover your ears, it’s about to get ugly…
After the success of “Thank Me Later” many hoped but were unsure how the YMCM member would respond to the huge success of his opening release. In true Drizzy style, it seems as if he planned all this out. Moving like a champion chess player Drake has strategically kept himself relevant with featured hits with Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross. While being mindful of over saturation, yet understand when to feed the public, Drake is simmering back to the top of the charts. The underground is buzzing about his newest single “Marvin’s Room”, so much so, it has already been remix by Jojo, Sammie and Nextday Entertainment/EMI diva Kim Morrell (S/o to @KimMorrellMusic… my Kimmy Love ya. ) and more… yet Kimmy killed it! Yes, that is fam!
Check the video, so official for Drake… check the @KimMorrellMusic remix… hit the twitter… spread the word. Why? ‘Cause @therealqban said so! #GothamJungle
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