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Hear behind-the-scenes stories from hip-hop's top execs. Trapital founder Dan Runcie interviews hip-hop's leaders in music, media, tech, and more. You'll stay ahead of the latest trends and gain insights to take your career to the next level. Learn more at https://trapital.co

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Hear behind-the-scenes stories from hip-hop's top execs. Trapital founder Dan Runcie interviews hip-hop's leaders in music, media, tech, and more. You'll stay ahead of the latest trends and gain insights to take your career to the next level. Learn more at https://trapital.co

    DJ Semtex on Donda, Certified Lover Boy, Podcasting, and UK Hip-Hop

    DJ Semtex on Donda, Certified Lover Boy, Podcasting, and UK Hip-Hop

    DJ Semtex is an author, a podcaster, a radio host, and a DJ. In part 2 of our conversation, he shares his thoughts on Donda and Certified Lover Boy, diving into how these albums reflect on Kanye West’s and Drake’s artistry. He then weighs in on music journalism, fan feedback, and the gradual comeback of live performances. He also talks about podcasting and compares it to doing radio shows, going into some of his interviews. 
    If you’re a fan of DJ Semtex or you’re just looking to start your own music podcast, this is the episode for you!

    Episode Highlights:
    [02:35] DJ Semtex’s thoughts on Donda and Certified Lover Boy
    [09:15] Why Donda is a masterpiece
    [16:25] Music criticism in the era of social media
    [22:32] What music events are like now compared to pre-pandemic
    [28:45] Whether or not hip hop will reach a saturation point
    [34:05] Podcast interviews versus radio interviews
    [42:50] How hip hop has changed the podcasting scene and online consumption
    [52:55] Some UK artists to watch out for

    Listen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SoundCloud | Stitcher | Overcast | Amazon | Google Podcasts | Pocket Casts | RSS

    Host: Dan Runcie, @RuncieDan, trapital.co
    Guest: DJ Semtex, @DJSemtex, DJ Semtex

    Links:
    Hip Hop Raised Me podcastHip Hop Raised Me by DJ SemtexClubhouse
    Trapital is home for the business of hip-hop. Gain the latest insights from hip-hop’s biggest players by reading Trapital’s free weekly memo. 


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    • 49 min
    Rick Ross on Bossing Up, Building His Empire, WingStop, and his Investments

    Rick Ross on Bossing Up, Building His Empire, WingStop, and his Investments

    Joining me on the show is Rick Ross—rapper, entrepreneur, mogul, and record executive. He has over 20 partnerships, and he just recently published “The Perfect Day to Boss Up” which he wrote during the pandemic. In this episode, Rick discusses his passion for music and business, highlighting the importance of finding joy in the things you do. He then talks about his home which has been featured in the movies “SuperFly” and “Coming 2 America”. He also weighs in on the feature market and ways to go viral.

    Strap in for some gold nuggets from a man who has found success in both music and business, and get into the mindset that you need to be in to level up!

    Episode Highlights
    [02:41] How Rick has changed since the pandemic
    [05:08] How he evaluates which brands or businesses to partner with
    [07:51] On doing live performances
    [11:07] About Rick’s Wingstop franchises and his thoughts on artists getting involved with the fast food industry
    [14:21] How Maybach Music Group fits into Rick’s vision
    [16:55] About his 280-acre estate, The Promised Land
    [24:44] On investing in physical and intangible assets
    [27:23] What to expect when doing features and from Rick’s upcoming album 
    [30:00] On going viral, networking, and building an empire 

    Listen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SoundCloud | Stitcher | Overcast | Amazon | Google Podcasts | Pocket Casts | RSS

    Host: Dan Runcie, @RuncieDan, trapital.co
    Guest: Rick Ross, @RickRoss

    Link:
     The Perfect Day to Boss Up by Rick Ross
    Trapital is home for the business of hip-hop. Gain the latest insights from hip-hop’s biggest players by reading Trapital’s free weekly memo. 


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    • 36 min
    The OutKast Edge

    The OutKast Edge

    For the first part of this episode, I do a live reading of an essay that I wrote about the rap duo OutKast and a theory that I’ve named after their journey. I explain how different phases of technology and platforms have played a role in OutKast, Tyler Perry, Issa Rae, and Tyler, the Creator’s trajectories to success. After that, I weigh in on some of my readers’ suggestions for people—in hip-hop and in other industries—who they think have the OutKast Edge. And to wrap it all up, I talk about a few names from my own personal list.
    Tune in to this episode to learn how slept-on trends can become popular and how artists can sustain their unique edge to succeed!

    Episode Highlights
    [01:32] About OutKast
    [03:43] The OutKast Edge theory
    [04:40] Create content for like-minded outsiders
    [05:07] Build an audience on independent platforms 
    [05:45] Play the long game: persevere and push through
    [06:17] Who else has the OutKast Edge
    [11:11] The OutKast Edge evolves with phases of technology
    [14:00] You can lose your OutKast Edge
    [16:48] My thoughts on Doja Cat, Anderson .Paak, and The Weeknd
    [21:54] On Elon Musk’s Tesla and David Portnoy’s Barstool Sports
    [24:27] Why Frank Ocean is popular but does not have the OutKast Edge
    [25:48] My personal picks: Ziwe Fumudoh, Griselda, Lil Dicky, and Nadeshot

    Listen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SoundCloud | Stitcher | Overcast | Amazon | Google Podcasts | Pocket Casts | RSS

    Host: Dan Runcie, @RuncieDan, trapital.co

    Links:
     The OutKast EdgePublic.com (code: trapital)
    Trapital is home for the business of hip-hop. Gain the latest insights from hip-hop’s biggest players by reading Trapital’s free weekly memo. 


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    • 30 min
    A Campaign Breakdown on Tyler, The Creator’s “Call Me If You Get Lost” with Amber Horsburgh

    A Campaign Breakdown on Tyler, The Creator’s “Call Me If You Get Lost” with Amber Horsburgh

    Amber Horsburgh is an artist coach, a music marketer, and the founder of Deep Cuts—a go-to resource for early-stage musicians. And in today’s episode, we talk about Tyler, The Creator and break down his “Call Me If You Get Lost” campaign. We weigh in on his rollout strategy to use alter egos, the brands he has partnered with, and his business model. Amber also shares her thoughts on Tyler’s strengths, what he could improve on, and how present circumstances have posed a challenge for artists.
    If you are a fan of Tyler, The Creator or just curious about how music campaigns work, this episode is for you!

    Episode Highlights:
    [03:28] My thoughts on Tyler and his “Call Me If You Get Lost” album
    [05:52] How he has changed over time
    [08:32] 3 ways to stand out as an artist
    [10:55] About the Tyler Baudelaire persona
    [14:22] On Tyler’s brand collaborations and his “slow and steady” climb thanks to his fans
    [19:35] My expectations for Tyler’s campaign
    [21:02] How the “Call Me If You Get Lost” campaign is visually appealing but lacking in creative activation
    [29:00] The importance of merch from a fan perspective
    [31:15] How the pandemic has affected the music industry
    [34:45] On Tyler’s acceptance of his position in hip-hop

    Listen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SoundCloud | Stitcher | Overcast | Amazon | Google Podcasts | Pocket Casts | RSS

    Host: Dan Runcie, @RuncieDan, trapital.co
    Guest: Amber Horsburgh, @amberhorsburgh, Amber Horsburgh

    Links:
    Public.comCall Me If You Get LostMusic Marketing Tips - Amber HorsburghDeep Cuts
    Trapital is home for the business of hip-hop. Gain the latest insights from hip-hop’s biggest players by reading Trapital’s free weekly memo. 


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    • 40 min
    24kGoldn on TikTok Success, Investments, and Record Label Deals

    24kGoldn on TikTok Success, Investments, and Record Label Deals

    24kGoldn is a chart-topping hip-hop artist and songwriter who was born and raised in San Francisco. In this episode, he talks about the opportunities he has gotten since “Mood” shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the middle of the pandemic. He shares how he leveraged Tiktok to stay relevant and what innovations he has done with his music. He also dives into his current investments and the business aspect of his brand.
    Get to know the genius behind the TikTok hit “Mood” and see what other options artists have when it comes to making money.

    Episode Highlights:
    [02:32] What it has been like for 24kGoldn since the pandemic began
    [05:25] The pros and cons of going virtual or working remotely
    [08:55] How much work went into making “Mood” a hit through TikTok
    [10:25] About the #BlackTikTokStrike
    [12:25] The different ways you can get your music heard
    [18:52] 24kGoldn’s musical inspirations and aspirations
    [22:00] His investment portfolio
    [24:42] The opportunities in getting artists to endorse and invest in consumer products
    [31:28] On playlisting and signing with record labels

    Listen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SoundCloud | Stitcher | Overcast | Amazon | Google Podcasts | Pocket Casts | RSS

    Host: Dan Runcie, @RuncieDan, trapital.co
    Guest: 24kGoldn, @24kGoldn, 24kGoldn
    Link: Public.com (Code: trapital)

    Trapital is home for the business of hip-hop. Gain the latest insights from hip-hop’s biggest players by reading Trapital’s free weekly memo. 


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    • 36 min
    Mike G on Music Festivals, Touring, Young Thug, The Kid LAROI, and Chris Brown

    Mike G on Music Festivals, Touring, Young Thug, The Kid LAROI, and Chris Brown

    Mike G is a music and touring agent for United Talent Agency (UTA). He joins me on the podcast to share what it has been like for him since COVID broke out, especially the big things he did recently. He talks about The Kid LAROI and Young Thug, the trajectory of their careers, and the projects they’ve worked on. He looks back on how he went from sales rep to full-time booking agent, revealing what it was like to manage Chris Brown. He also weighs in on what music events will be like when the pandemic’s over.
    Tune in to this episode to get an update on some artists, and see what things will be like for future concerts and tours from an agent’s perspective!

    Episode Highlights:
    [00:21] The opportunities that Mike G saw during the pandemic
    [05:18] The recent trend in tours and concerts
    [07:00] On working with The Kid LAROI and increasing the demand for him
    [12:00] About Young Thug and the challenge of getting him to the level where he should be
    [16:35] What music festival promoters look for in artists
    [22:13] On rebuilding artists
    [26:16] About Mike G’s background and why he decided to become an agent
    [30:00] On managing Chris Brown
    [34:42] His smooth transition to UTA
    [38:20] His prediction for music events post-pandemic

    Listen: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SoundCloud | Stitcher | Overcast | Amazon | Google Podcasts | Pocket Casts | RSS
    Host: Dan Runcie, @RuncieDan, trapital.co
    Guest: Mike G, @MikeGNitevision
    Trapital is home for the business of hip-hop. Gain the latest insights from hip-hop’s biggest players by reading Trapital’s free weekly memo. 


    Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    • 42 min

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63 Ratings

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Great Content

This show is the intersection of Hip Hop Culture and Business!

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Nothing like it

If you are a creator - or someone who aspires to guide the career of creators - this is a must LISTEN. I’m blown away with how deep and informative Dan and his guests are.

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