Houston Texas, May 22, 2018 — James “J” Prince, the founder and CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records/Prince Boxing, is slated to release his autobiography, The Art and Science of Respect: A Memoir by James Prince this June. Widely known as the driving force behind icons like Floyd Mayweather, The Geto Boys, recording artist Drake, and more, Prince details his meteoric rise to fame as one of the first and most lucrative independent record executives to amass a string of hits on the Billboard charts. Additionally, James expands on his triumphs managing an array of prominent prizefighters, his personal experiences with the federal government, how he became a mentor to some of the most celebrated public figures in the world, and more.
Multi-platinum musician Drake penned the book’s foreword, in which he profusely praises Prince, and acknowledges Rap-A-Lot’s historic achievements while highlighting James’ personal impact on his life. “My spirit moved me to write this book,” says Prince, who is notoriously private and rarely makes public appearances. Drake and Prince also narrated the audiobook version of the memoir.
The narrative reveals a gripping life story and spellbinding account of running a rising cultural movement, while DEA agents, police officers and politicians resentfully try to end his rise to success, with one disgruntled agent even attempting to take his life. The book serves as Prince’s testimony to the challenges of surviving the ghetto, the lack of hope that derives from living there, and the life rules he believes create success and subsequently garner respect.
Prince also shares never-before-heard stories of his involvements with figures like, Rick Rubin, Al Gore, Richard Branson’s business partner Ken Berry, Mike Tyson, Suge Knight, Roy Jones Jr., and more. For example, he recalls his attempt to save the life of The Notorious B.I.G (a.k.a. Biggie), who had given props to his label when rhyming the indelible line, “Not from Houston but I Rap-A-Lot” on Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear” remix.
“I tried in vain to save Biggie, a casualty of the East Coast vs. West Coast rap wars,” laments Prince. At the time, he was on the road in his tour bus, and immediately rerouted his trip upon hearing that Puffy and Biggie were in Los Angeles filming the video for “Hypnotize.” Prince felt that it was urgent to pay them a visit before it was too late. He recalls asking Puffy, “Why are you out loose in Los Angeles like this? It’s not safe out here for you.”
Both provocative and sentimental, the memories Prince uncovers reveal a story filled with life lessons, fierce determination, and answered prayers. Anyone who has ever had a dream of changing their life will be greatly inspired by this work of literature.
Preorders for the book can be placed on Amazon.com.
‣ Hardcover: 296 pages
‣ AudioBook: Narrated by James Prince, Featuring Drake
‣ Publisher: N-The-Water Publishing; 1st Edition (July 6, 2018)
‣ Language: English
‣ ISBN-10: 0999837001
‣ ISBN-13: 978-0999837009
James Prince (also referred to as J. Prince) (born October 31, 1964) is the CEO of Houston-based Rap-a-Lot Records, and boxing manager to the sport's top talents, such as Andre Ward and previously Floyd Mayweather Jr. etc. Prince, who for 21 years has worked to promote the culture and art of Hip-Hop is now working to promote underprivileged neighborhoods and communities. Houston Mayor Bill White and the City Council honored Prince for over 20 years of commitment and dedication to the city. The result of the proclamation named an official James Prince Day in Houston. The recognition came on the heels of the groundbreaking for a new recreation center Prince built in Houston’s 5th Ward. Prince led the charge on educating youth about HIV/AIDS prevention and testing with the launching of Strapped, in coordination with a string of initiatives and events set up to address the issue of AIDS in the black community. J. Prince was honored alongside Master P, Jermaine Dupri, Timbaland, and Slick Rick at the VH1 7th annual Hip Hop Honors Awards for both his creative contributions and his philanthropic ventures.
Rap-A-Lot Records is a Houston hip hop record label that was created in 1986. The label was founded by James Prince in the mid-1980s, and with one of its most famous acts, the Geto Boys, put the South on the hip hop map. Rap-A-Lot was first distributed by A&M Records for a short time with the release of Raheem's 1988 debut The Vigilante. The label was later distributed through the 1990s by the EMI labels Priority Records (1991–1994), Noo Trybe Records (1994-1998) and Noo Trybe's parent label Virgin Records (1998–2002). During the rest of the 2000s, it was distributed by WEA's Asylum Records and then Fontana Distribution. Geto Boys were the label's first nationally popular act, while Devin the Dude, whom The New York Times called "a brilliant oddball with a spaced-out flow,"was, for 15 years, the label's longest-running act.On August 22, 2013, Rap-A-Lot Records announced that it recently signed a distribution deal with RED Distribution. Artists currently on its roster include Z-Ro and Bun B among others.
On April 3, 2017 Rap-A-Lot Records announced its limited clothing collection with retailer Supreme. The collection sold out within minutes.
Prince Boxing was founded by James Prince in 2000, one year shy of the construction of The Prince Boxing Complex in Houston, Texas. Mr. Prince penetrated the boxing scene with the incomparable Floyd Mayweather as his first client displaying a taste of the success that was yet to come. Prince Boxing’s impressive client roster quickly grew to include the likes of; Roy Jones Jr., Sugar Shane Moseley, Bryant Jennings, Shakur Stevenson, Andre Ward, and more.