Level up on the business of hip-hop. Join Trapital founder Dan Runcie as he interviews the top execs in the game who share their best insights.
Jay Z sells 50% of Ace of Spades, TikTok Artist’s Path to Success
Dan shares thoughts on Jay Z selling 50% of Armand de Brignac to LVMH, Cristal, and how it all ties together. After that, Dan gives an audio version of the Trapital essay, How More TikTok Stars Can Succeed in the Music Industry.
Ted Lucas on Slip-N-Slide Records, Miami Hip-Hop, and R&B’s Comeback
Slip-N-Slide Records founder and CEO Ted Lucas came on to talk about his influential record label. Slip-N-Slide was home to Trick Daddy, Trina, Rick Ross, Plies, and more. We talk about the early days when Ted paid major record labels for distribution! We also talk about why his label stayed independent, why his artists had deals with other labels, and R&B’s role in modern music. We also talk about Sebastian Mikael and Teenear. Lastly, we talk about Miami’s role in hip-hop, and the VCs moving to his cit
J. Erving on Human Re-Sources, Sony Music's Acquisition, and How to Evaluate Talent
Human Re-Sources founder J. Erving came on the podcast to talk about why he recently sold the rising indie distributor to Sony Music, where he’s now EVP of Creative Development and an EVP at The Orchard, where Human Re-Sources now sits.
We also talked about his experience managing artists like Jeremih, why record labels and indie distributors partner with each other, how to evaluate and develop talent in today’s era, and more.
The Best Hip-Hop Album Rollouts of All-Time (with Ernest Wilkins)
A webinar recording of "The Best Hip-Hop Album Rollouts of All-Time," a conversation on the best album rollouts in hip-hop since the year 2000. I’m joined by Ernest Wilkins of Office Hours.
We break down the marketing tactics that make a good album release and each shared our top five list of albums rollouts. Our lists include some big releases by Kanye West, Dreamville, Beyonce, and many more!
Def Jam's Past, Present, and Future with Gary Suarez
A webinar recording of "Def Jam's Past, Present, and Future," a conversation on the past decade of business decisions made by one of hip-hop's most storied record labels.
Gary and I discuss the highlights, the lowlights, and who should lead the label next.
Binta Brown on the State of the Music Industry, omalilly projects, and Black Music Action Coalition
Music executive Binta Brown talked about why she left a successful career as an attorney to enter the music industry. We talk about the opportunities she saw and how the industry differs from other forms of media. We also talked about her work leading the Black Music Action Coalition, an advocacy organization formed to address systemic racism in the music industry.
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If you’re looking for a podcast with a wealth of info on the business of hip hop, then Trapital is your new home. Dan is an excellent host who has a myriad of of experienced guests to talk their role in the business of hip hop. Check it out!
Intersection of Hip-Hop + Business
Hip-hop mirrors the business world in a lot of ways. While I’ve always thought and known that, it’s great to see those ideas brought to life by someone so knowledgeable about both of those things. Huge fan of Trapital.