Thursday, December 09, 2004

Strictly Business and Dime Time

A lot going on in the business side of hip hop:

Jay Z, Damon Dash, and Kareem Biggs have sold Rocafella, as Jay signs on as president of Def Jam.
Russell Simmons and Kevin Liles have teamed up with the WB to produce a hip hop version of "The Apprentice".
Aspiring rappers can now buy beats online.
Kimora Lee Simmons' Baby Phat has partnered with Vida Shoes Inc to create an upscale line of womens shoes.
Universal is in talks with Echostar to launch an all music station. I recall Puffy and Eminem(separately) having plans to do the same.
Prodigy joins Snoop,Eminem, and Damon Dash as the latest figure in hip hop with a satellite radio show.
Eminem has signed a multimillion dollar publishing deal with EMI.
Mixtape veterans Clinton Sparks and Saigon will soon make the leap from street sales to Soundscan retail.

Now for some Dime Time: XXL Magazine recently declared Esther Baxter (aka Ms. Freek a Leek) Ms Eye Candy 2004; check that link and I'm sure you'll agree.