Bisnoff: How did it feel for Daytona to receive a Grammy nomination for rap album of the year?
Pusha T: It was really super overwhelming, to be honest with you. I’ve been watching the Grammys for so long and I remember being really young and my favorites never were picked. Initially, they weren’t even nominated and then it got to a point where some of my favorites began to get nominated as I got older and then they were boycotting it. Finally, it got to a time where some really great rap artists, Jay-Z, Kanye West, were recognized and now, just recently, I was made aware that there was a new system being implemented in how they even did the rap category. I thought that was really dope and a good effort in trying to make sure the category was strong and representative of the hip-hop community. I get nominated this year and think the category is phenomenal. These are all albums that I have cosigned in some way, shape or form, whether it be on social media or speaking out about them and I’m just glad to be one of them.
Bisnoff: In the long trajectory of your career, how does it feel to finally get this type of recognition?
Pusha T: I love it, it’s super special. I personally can’t think of a rap artist with my content, this direct street-oriented content, something that is just catered to a rap purest, I don’t know when that’s happened for an artist of my caliber. There are so many subgenres of rap today, somebody who does this, I haven’t seen that, I don’t know when I’ve seen this. Not to liken my album to let’s say a Reasonable Doubt, but just in comparison, I feel like artists like myself or Jay-Z or whoever, we never get recognized at our purest form. We mature and then we hit a level of commercial success and then we get recognized when the critical acclaim is always for our first album. Daytona is still in that running for rap purest street music that people are going to be like ‘wow, I didn’t know albums that took this approach would ever get nominated.'” Read more at forbes.com.
After topping the FORBES’ Wealthiest Hip-Hop Earners list earlier this year, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs continues his motto of “don’t worry if I write rhymes, I write checks.” The Harlem-Mt. Vernon native topped all artist in the earners for the year in the genre to become the undisputed Cash King.
At $60 million, Puffy can credit his Ciroc vodka brand, Sean John clothing and his Revolt network – even though we still don’t have the long-awaited No Way Out 2 album. Right behind him, however, was Jay-Z at $56 million, as the rap mogul didn’t release solo music this year either but used his Roc Nation label, Armand de Brignac champagne and of course live shows to generate money.
1. Diddy – $60 Million
2. JAY Z – $56 Million
3. Drake – $39.5 Million
4. Dr. Dre – $33 Million
5. Pharrell – $32 Million
By George Howard. ‘Bitcoin For Rock Stars’ A Year Later: An Update From D.A. Wallach On Blockchain And the Arts. D.A. Wallach, the recording artist and songwriter who Kanye West and Pharrell Williams discovered while he was an undergraduate at Harvard College, wrote the article, Bitcoin for Rockstars: How Cryptocurrency Can Revolutionize The Music Industry, in December of 2014.
Mr. Wallach’s piece – eloquent, insightful, and provocative – served as the first meaningful opinion from the artist community regarding the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. A lot has been written since then. I personally have explored this topic with artists like Zoe Keating, Imogen Heap, Ryan Leslie; and with Venture Capitalists and entrepreneurs, such as, Andy Weissman from Union Square Ventures, Bill Tai, Jesse Von Doom from CASH Music, and the founders of Colu.
The Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings charts pretax earnings for all living artists whose work is primarily classified as hip-hop or rap. The 2011 edition, for the period from May 2010 to May 2011 has been released, timed perfectly with the launch of Watch The Throne: Jay-Z is hip-hop’s top earner with $37 million in the past 12 months, while Kanye West ranked third and Pharrell continues to earn industry-leading production fees even while touring and releasing albums with N*E*R*D. Not included in this year’s tally proceeds from the recent licensing deal struck between his Billionaire Boys Club clothing line and Jay-Z’s Rocawear he earns the #13 place with $10 million.
The full Top 20 list follows
#1 – Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, $37 million
#2 – Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, $35 million
#3 – Kanye West, $16 million
#4 – Dwayne ‘Lil’ Wayne’ Carter, Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams, $15 million (tie);
#6 – Marshall ‘Eminem’ Mathers, Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young, Calvin ‘Snoop Dogg’ Broadus, $14 million (tie)
#9 – Aliuane ‘Akon’ Thiam, $13 million
#10 – Christopher ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, $12 million
#11 – Cameron ‘Wiz Khalifa’ Thomaz, Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham, $11 million (tie)
#13 – Pharrell Williams, $10 million
#14 – Timothy ‘Timbaland’ Mosley, $7 million
#15 – Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean, Onika ‘Nicki Minaj’ Maraj, $6.5 million (tie)
#17 – William ‘Rick Ross’ Roberts, Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson, Armando ‘Pitbull’ Perez, $6 million (tie)
#20 – Faheem ‘T-Pain’ Najm, Bobby ‘B.o.B’ Simmons, Jr., $5 million (tie)
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