Trapital | RedCircle


Gain insights from top execs in music, media, and entertainment. Trapital founder Dan Runcie interviews hip-hop heavy hitters to explore the trends that shape the rest of the business world. Learn more at


Inside the Business of Beatmaking
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Post Malone’s Agent Breaks Down Strategy Behind His Success
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Inside Benny Pough’s Career in Hip-Hop
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How Does the Music Business Compare To Film And TV?
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Why Talib Kweli is Focused on his Fans
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What Every Artist and Creator Needs to Know Before Signing Contracts
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Improving The Artist-Fan Relationship
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Sherrese Clarke Soares Explains Why Content Is Queen
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How Drake and Beyoncé Drop New Music
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Broken Record: Missy Elliott
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Stem CEO Milana Lewis Wants To Get Artists Paid
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Bay Area Hip-Hop with Rexx Life Raj
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Why the Golden State Warriors Launched a Record Label
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The iPod’s Legacy in the Music Industry with Zack O’Malley Greenburg
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Comedian Bigg Jah Charters His Own Path Into Entertainment Industry
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How indify’s Co-Founder prettyboyshav Is Flipping The Economics Of The Record Business
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Young M.A and the $20 NFT
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How Fanbase Raised $6 Million Without VC with Isaac Hayes III
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The Future Of Music Business With Economist Will Page
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Audiomack CMO Dave Ponte’s Plan to Grow the Pie for Artists
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The Broccoli City Music Festival
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Why Podcast Ownership Matters with Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings of “For Colored Nerds”
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How Kevin Liles Built 300 Entertainment Into A $400 Million Business In Under 10 Years
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How Quality Control Music Invests in Startups
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Frank Cooper III Brokered Beyonce-Pepsi’s $50 Million Deal. Here’s Where He Sees Industry Going Next
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The Future Of Live Music with Kevin Shivers, Partner at WME
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Bun B Believes The Metaverse Will Open Up Access Between Artists & Fans
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How Tuma Basa is Bringing Black Music to the World with YouTube
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How Junae Brown Became the ‘Beyoncé of Marketing’
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BONUS: The New Creator Manifesto
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How KevOnStage is Building His Comedy Flywheel
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Troy Carter on the Future of Music Streaming
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Ralph McDaniels on Video Music Box and Documenting Hip-Hop History
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Master P on Bringing Culture to Corporate America (live from TMRE)
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Issa Rae on Insecure, Ownership in Media, and Creator Economy Trends
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Chris Taylor on MNRK's Rebrand, Managing Death Row Records Catalog, and Music's M&A Market
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Charlie Kaplan on Audiomack Supporters, Artist-Fan Monetization, and Streaming Business Models
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Tunde Balogun on Developing R&B Superstars, LVRN's Journey, and Mental Health in Music
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Independent Artist Life with Flawless Real Talk (2020)
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Steven Galanis on Cameo's Rise (2020)
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Trapital Mailbag #5: Blockchain Opportunities in Music, Middle Class Musicians, Astroworld, Indie vs Major Record Labels, and more
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Dave Mays on The Source's Legacy, Launching Breakbeat, and State of Hip-Hop Media
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Sacha Jenkins on Rick James Life and Times, the Rise of Music Documentaries, and Hip Hop 50
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Zack O'Malley Greenburg on How Music Leads Innovation, Forbes to Substack, and Hip-Hop's Next Billionaire
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Mary Rahmani on TikTok Artist Strategies, Launching Moon Projects, and Influencer Partnerships
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Mike Weissman on SoundCloud's Creator Strategy, Web 3.0, and Building a Music Entertainment Business
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Steve Stoute on Artist Independence, UnitedMasters, Translation, and Facilitating Fan Access
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Karl Fowlkes on Becoming an Entertainment Attorney, NBA Agent, and NIL Opportunities
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DJ Semtex on Donda, Certified Lover Boy, Podcasting, and UK Hip-Hop
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Rick Ross on Bossing Up, Building His Empire, WingStop, and his Investments
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The OutKast Edge
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A Campaign Breakdown on Tyler, The Creator’s “Call Me If You Get Lost” with Amber Horsburgh
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24kGoldn on TikTok Success, Investments, and Record Label Deals
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Mike G on Music Festivals, Touring, Young Thug, The Kid LAROI, and Chris Brown
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Anthony Martini on Royalty Exchange, Music Royalties, NFTs, and Managing Lil Dicky and Tyga
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Steve Rifkind on Loud Records, Spring Sound, Wu-Tang Clan, and the Family Business
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Detavio Samuels on REVOLT, Digital and Cable Strategy, The Crew League, Black-owned Media, and Working with Diddy
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Jamal Henderson on Space Jam, Structuring SpringHill, LeBron James, and the Creator Economy
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Music Business Podcast: Trippie Redd's Manager Charlene Bryant on Hitting Billboard #1 and Launching Riveter Management
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MixedByAli on EngineEars, TDE's Legacy, and Mixing for Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre
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Call Me Ace on his Indie Rap Career, Building His Brand, and Still Working Full-Time
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Benjy Grinberg on Rostrum Records, Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, and Mental Health
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The Major Record Labels All Want Your Attention
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Leron Rogers on Helping Artists Become Moguls, Entertainment Law, and Representing Rick Ross
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Jonnyshipes on Cinematic Music Group, Indie Hip-Hop, and Building the Supreme for Music
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Tarik Brooks, President of Combs Enterprises (2020)
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Tracy Chan on Twitch Music, Helping Artists Monetize, and the Creator Economy
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James Lindsay on Rap Snacks, BossUp Bank, Why Distribution Matters, and Managing Meek Mill
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Trapital Mailbag! Hip-Hop’s Streaming Popularity, Rap Battle Leagues, Cancel Culture, Women Music Execs, and Record Labels
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Brandon Pankey on Launching the APEX Video Network, Live Music’s Return, and Educating the Next Generation
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Shawn Prez on Bad Boy, Black Rob, and PowerMoves Inc. (2020)
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BrandMan Sean on Music Marketing, Common Mistakes Artists Make, and Working with 24KGoldn
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The "Will and Jada" Playbook
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Brian “Z” Zisook on DJBooth’s Run, Major Record Labels, Indie Artists, and Audiomack’s Partnerships
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Dame Ritter on When “Ownership” Goes Too Far, Myths about Streaming and Touring, and Managing Comedians
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Ibrahim "Ib" Hamad, Dreamville President (2020)
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Micah Johnson on Selling $1M Worth of NFTs in 1 Minute, Transitioning from MLB to Fine Art, and Getting More Black Collectors Involved
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Mick Batyske on How His DJ Career Led to Brand Deals, Angel Investing, and Startup Advising
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Jay Z sells 50% of Ace of Spades, TikTok Artist’s Path to Success
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Ted Lucas on Slip-N-Slide Records, Miami Hip-Hop, and R&B’s Comeback
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J. Erving on Human Re-Sources, Sony Music's Acquisition, and How to Evaluate Talent
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The Best Hip-Hop Album Rollouts of All-Time (with Ernest Wilkins)
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Def Jam's Past, Present, and Future with Gary Suarez
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Binta Brown on the State of the Music Industry, omalilly projects, and Black Music Action Coalition
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Master P on Reebok, Ownership, Generational Wealth, and Lessons Learned from Reginald Lewis
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Why Artists Are Selling Their Music Catalogs (with Karl Fowlkes)
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Phylicia Fant on Developing Superstar Artists, Rising in the Music Industry, and Navigating 2020
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Flawless Real Talk on Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow, Life as an Indie Artist, and Building His Fanbase
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Daouda Leonard on CreateSafe, the Record Deal Simulator, and Empowering Artists to Manage Their Careers
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Steven Galanis on Cameo’s Growing Marketplace and Closing the Gap Between Fame and Monetization
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Dave Macli on Audiomack’s Role in Music Streaming, Partnership with DJBooth, and Global Expansion
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Big Tech's Big Plans in the Music Industry with Cherie Hu
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Alex "Al D" Damashek on a New Partnership With Twitch, Move Forward Music, and the Future of Live Music
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Netflix's Black Content Strategy
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The Best Hip-Hop Marketing Campaigns of All-Time with Marcus Collins
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Jason Geter on Heavy Sound Labs, Launching Grand Hustle, Signing T.I. and Travis Scott, and Redefining the Modern Record Label
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Donald Albright on Building a Podcast Network, Hip-Hop Marketing Tactics, and Tenderfoot TV’s Future
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Hip-hop's Indie Economy
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Tyler, The Creator's Cult-Like Following
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Peter Bittenbender on Mass Appeal’s Rise, Holding Brand Partners Accountable, and International Expansion
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Hip-Hop Challenger Brands with Ernest Wilkins
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Roy Wood Jr. on How 2020 Changed Comedy, His Comedy Central Partnership, and Why Alabama Means So Much to Him
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The Steve Jobs of Gap?
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Hovain Hylton and Busy Rivera on Cinematic Music Group’s Rise, and Turning the Brand into a Lifestyle
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Build Your Table
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Hip-Hop's Role in the Fight for Justice
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Trapital Mailbag #3: How Hip-Hop Makes Money in a Pandemic, Superproducers in the Streaming Era, What’s Next for Fortnite + Travis Scott, and more!
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Tiffany Ballard on Music Business Law, Why Bad Deals Still Happen, How She Made Connections on Myspace, and Her Time on Reality TV
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Zack O'Malley Greenburg (2019)
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Ibrahim "Ib" Hamad on Building Dreamville, Managing J. Cole, the Dollar & a Dream Tour, and Starting the Dreamville Fest
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Shawn Prez on the Bad Boy Street Team, Grassroots Marketing in Hip-Hop, and Starting the Global Spin Awards
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Hannibal Buress on How Netflix Changed Comedy, His Investing Strategy, and Why Isola Fest is One of His Favorite Career Moments
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Mike Weissman - President, SoundCloud (2019)
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Akin Aliu - Music Touring Agent, CAA (2019)
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James Supreme - A&R at Universal Music Publishing Group (2019)
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Trapital Mailbag #2! D-Smoke’s Potential, Lovers & Friends Fest, Jay Z the Wartime Leader, The Cost of Album Bundles, and Def Jam…oh Def Jam
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Lynzie Riebling on Gen Hip Hop, Quantifying the Power of the Hip-Hop Audience, and REVOLT’s Role in the Culture
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Karl Fowlkes on Music Business Law, Combat Jack’s Influence, and Why He Hopes There are Less Lawyers in 20 Years
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Jesse Kirshbaum on Nue Agency's Brand Marketing, #CRWN Interview Series, and the Future of Award Shows
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Tarik Brooks on Combs Enterprises, Diddy’s Investment Strategy, and Managing a Portfolio of Brands
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Steve Stoute on UnitedMasters, Partnership with Apple Music, Ownership in Hip-Hop, and Why Brands Value Indie Artists 
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Fantasy Record Labels? We’re Skeptical. (a Trapital - Water & Music Collaboration with Cherie Hu)
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Milana Lewis on Stem’s Artist-First Strategy, How it Evolves in the Streaming Era, How the Company Makes Tough Decisions
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Trapital Mailbag Special: Grammy Awards Woes, Young Rappers Most Likely to Become Moguls, and Thoughts on a Rappers Union
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Why Netflix's 'Rhythm + Flow' Was a Hit
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Mike Weissman on SoundCloud’s Creator Strategy, How it Compares to a Startup Accelerator, and What it Means to be a SoundCloud Rapper
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Shea Serrano on the Economics of Book Publishing, ‘Movies (and Other Things),’ and How DJ Screw Inspired his Promotional Tactics
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DJ Semtex on UK Hip-Hop’s Moment, Stormzy and Skepta Becoming Stars, Brexit’s Impact on the Culture, and Why Radio Still Matters
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Akin Aliu on Life as a CAA Agent, Representing Ciara, and the “Rich Paul Rule”
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James Supreme on Being the A&R Behind Lil’ Nas X “Panini”, G-Eazy's Management Team, and why Mental Health Matters in the Industry
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Dame Ritter on Kanye West’s Sunday Services, Launching Music Entrepreneur Club, and How He Almost Signed Russ to a Deal
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Zack O’Malley Greenburg on the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash List, the Controversy it Causes, and What it Took to Declare that Jay Z is a Billionaire
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50 Cent is a Habitual Line Stepper
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Moody Jones on marketing for Snoop Dogg, EMPIRE’s digital strategy, and why he wants to work with Childish Gambino
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RapCaviar's Big Advantage
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Roc Nation's Wild Year
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The Hip-Hop Partnership Flywheel
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No Tour, No Problem for Cardi B
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Mathew Knowles on Beyoncé's Streaming Strategy, Solange's Marketing, and Dinner with Jay Z or $50,000
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