In February 2018, Megan linked with a Houston legend, T. Farris, which led to her signing to 1501 Certified, a record label owned by retired baseball player , Carl Crawford. Her highly anticipated project 'Tina Snow' was released June 10 2018, and debuted at #11 on iTunes Hip.-Hop charts. . The rap siren is certainly a new force to be recognized and reckoned with . The H-Town Hottie is from the dirty south , but she has a vendetta for the top.
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.
The single "Made It Happen" by Runway Richy has been buzzin' heavy in and out of ATL the known music mecca of the US. The Decatur, GA native stopped by 66 Raw and gave the world more insight to who Runway Richy is and what they have to expect.
With nowhere to go but up, Decatur, GA rapper Runway Richy has crafted his rocky journey into a catalog of street tales – songs that speak to those struggling for a better way. With a support system of Atlanta music veterans, including DJ Holiday and The Commission, Richy has a solid foundation today, but this wasn’t always the case.
Richy began freestyling in school at a young age, noticeably outshining the competition. “Music has always been in my blood,” he says, “but it wasn’t until later I thought about being an artist.” In his early rap career, Richy was known as Snipe in the group Murder Mafia, which later renamed to Born With It.
Over the years, rhyming was something to do in between dealing with “real life” situations – situations that often brought trouble. “I’m the one who had one foot in the streets and one in the booth,” he remembers. “My peers from Crime Mobb to DJ holiday to B.o.B. were all becoming successful in music. So I always felt like I was going to make it by default.”
He soon learned it wasn’t as easy as it looked. “Unfortunately, these same peers never took me serious because I was always getting locked up,” he admitted.
Being in and out of jail wiped away several prime opportunities. B.o.B. was featured on the Born Wit It record “Stack Your Paper” produced by DJ Toomp. The song leaked and created a huge buzz. “At the time, Toomp was working with Kanye and wanted to meet us when he got back from NY. The next week I was locked up for 6 months.”
Eventually the group lessened from four members, to three, to two, until Snipe found himself recreating his image as a solo artist. He began recording new material as Runway Richy, but found it difficult making a comeback in music after serving time.
“I had about 8 records when my manager KD took interest,” he recalls. “We was about to release my debut mixtape in the summer of 2012. I got into the car with the wrong person and just like that, I was gone for 8 months on a probation violation.”
“After that I woke up and said, no more. I literally did nothing but music. I was so broke at times and I swear God was testing me – all of a sudden everybody had a lick for me. But I stayed focused.”
In 2013, he released his debut solo mixtape “Uh Oh” hosted by DJ Holiday. The tape featured FKi, B.o.B., Scotty ATL, Playboy Tre, Gorilla Zoe, and Trae da Truth, to name a few. The music was honest and reflective, with songs like “Letter to God” and “Ups & Downs” resonating with listeners. “My music is for the poor, but appeals to the rich and vice versa,” he says.
Following up with his sophomore tape, Richy works with Dj Scream , Dj Tokars , and Dj Tephlon for the 2015 release “ForeignAmerican,” executive produced by FKI. Leading songs included “Keep Getting It” and “How You Feeling” featuring Big Gipp, which were featured on MTV Jams. “100 Bandz” featuring Young Dro and B.o.B. received full rotation in London on Bang Radio. Other notable contributions came from Bandit Gang Marco, Zuse, Spodee and Myko Montana.
In addition to tape promotions, Richy and his team put together numerous show appearances. To date, he has performed on Beer & Tacos stages, as well as SXSW multiple times, A3C Festival, a Street Execs showcase and several more. Presently, Richy has several projects in the works such as “GreenCard,” a joint effort with Zuse; and “China Cafeteria .”
With momentum building quickly, music has Richy’s complete attention, and he appreciates the hard lessons learned. “Every feature, every look, every accolade I’ve received on this journey has been God’s work and I truly believe it.”
Instagram & Vine dance sensation is back again to chop it up with 66 Raw and talking to Wildchild DNA about his growing fanbase and popularity. Yvng Swag is almost a regular on our station as we have been seeing his grind and hard work evolving.
Youtube / Vine Dance sensation Yvng Swag recently signed with Nick Cannon's Ncredible Entertainment / Warner / Atlantic Records
Yvng Swag has been a regular on 66 Raw keeping up to date on his consistently growing popularity with his phenomenal dance moves and now he has music to follow that up. Yvng Swag visited us the first time over a year ago when he was 16 years old with a dream and a work ethic like no other.
Now 1+ year later this dance machine garnered the attention by some many celebrities and especially Nick Cannon who signed him to his Ncredible Entertainment under Atlantic / Warner
Flow J. Simpson Formally known as Costar Da Phenomonal is a New Jersey based indie artist. His influences are Rakim, A Tribe Called Quest, Biggie, Jay-Z, Kanye West and many more. Music has always been a major component in Flow's life, he began playing the drums at the age of 3, but it wasn't until he was 20 when he began recording music. Currently Flow is working on an EP titled "The People vs. Flow J. Simpson" set to drop summer 2017.
Working with producers such as DrooTraxx & RikeLuxx, loaded with bouncy beats and complimented with witty/clever lyrics, it's sure to be one to look out for. When asked what motivates him to keep going, this is what he said: "Honestly I'm just hungry, I'm very good at doing a lot of things, but I feel like music is what makes me great. So my main objective is to better my best and try to make history with these memories". Follow him along his Journey.
How Do You Benefit?
66 Raw has millions of listeners worldwide who tune in to hear the lastest, best, exclusive and up & coming talent BUT at their leisure and convenience.
Our listeners trust our programming and mixes to keep them in tune with all of their favorite artists and the absolute best way to play your unheard music is to blend it into their daily routine without the pressure of being forced. If they like they will like it and request it.
66 Raw is a BDS (Broadcast Data Systems) monitored station and we are also a Billboard Chart reporter.
How does this matter and why should you care as an independent artist?
BDS monitors only the most popular stations in the US, which includes the Hot 97 NYC, Power 105 NYC, The Beat LA, etc. BDS tracks all music played by the minute, and it aggregates the data into reports which it supplies to the major radio stations and record labels such as the Universal's, Interscope's, Warner, etc. who analyze all of the music being played to track their artists radio play, to keep up to date with who plays what, what, when and how much.
If you are an independent artist and you are starting to make a buzz in specific markets, labels and radio stations will take notice, radio stations are in the business of playing the most popular music and do not want to be last on the trigger, record labels see independent artist that have a buzz as a business opportunity. So the more radio play you can garner, the more attention you will earn as BDS is your credit report in the entertainment business.
66 Raw's Indie Shine affords you the opportunity to introduce your music to millions of listeners in a way that is not intrusive to them, build your buzz and at the same time earn your credit with the radio stations and record labels to build a bigger reach. But also understand that consistentcy and repetition is key in building a demand.
Why Do I Have To Pay?
You are in no way required to participate in our Indie Shine program. You can submit your music the standard way, however, we do have requirements to consider your music for airplay just as any other mainstream radio station. We do not play records that are not professionally recorded, mixed and mastered or meet our sound quality criteria. Also artist must have a following which our research team will follow up on. If you do not have a significant following it resonantes that you are not actively and/or seriously working your music and talent. We also require standard protocol in submissions of music and do not submit more than one time, duplicate submissions will be deleted.
We like to believe that you are an artist because you are following your dream of bringing your talent to the world, but the harsh reality is -- it doesn't happen by chance, luck or on its own -- It requires work, commitment, dedication and investment, just like any other business.
There are millions of artists, just like you, pursuing the exact same thing, so the question is -- How are you going to stand out?
You have to earn your respect as an artist. In today's world, people are being bombarded with countless of songs, mixtapes, mp3's, artists posting unsolicited requests for whoever to listen to their demo or music on random social media accounts only does the opposite because no one wants to be solicited or pestered. Contrary to believe, there is such a thing as BAD promotions and publicity especially when you are haven't even made a name for yourself.
We have dedicated the Indie Shine segment specifically for new & aspiring artists to introduce their music to the masses and our programming allows them to build a buzz strategically if they are are really serious. Being an artist is also being a business unless you are only looking to perform for your friends and family.
The music business is not a free ride or get rich quick scheme. It is a business just as Apple, Nike, etc and if you are looking to become the next superstar making millions, you have to invest in your business. It is not our job. 66 Raw's job is to work with artist that are truly commited to their craft and provide opportunities similar to a partnership.
66 Raw invests consistently in infrastructure, technology, marketing, promotions and resources to provide our services, broadcast and our companies growth for our fanbase and so that we can keep playing music for the masses. So, unless you are an artist in high demand that can attract listeners to our station like a Rick Ross, Jay-Z, etc. we are incurring an expense which we offset for this program. However, the cost is only a fraction what it would cost if you would launch a regional or national campaign which can go anywhere from $15,000 - $100,000+
If you are serious about your music career, this is where you start, so don't wait because time is not on your side!
Aspiring artist want to reach the next level of success and notoriety but many lack the knowledge of the music and radio industry. We here at 66RAW like to empower independent artist to achieve their goals of reaching that next level.
Many artist want their records played on the air at radio stations in their markets but can’t figure out or understand why this Hot record that they have created, that is killing the streets and the clubs in their area isn’t seeing the light of day at Radio…
well the 1st thing that artist need to ask themselves is this… Is Your Record BDS Registered and Monitored?
What is BDS???
BDS is the Neilsen Broadcast Data Systems, a service that tracks monitored radio, television and internet airplay of songs based on the number of spins and detections. The service, which is a subsidiary of Nielsen Corporation provides the basis for Nielsen Media publication Billboard in the United States, while in Canada, BDS helps determine the Canadian BDS Airplay Chart and the Canadian Hot 100 chart, which is published by Jam! and in the website for Canadian Music Network, in determining their radio airplay music charts and determines the chart movement in Billboard's Hot 100 chart when combined with single sales from Nielsen SoundScan for over 20 formats.
Using a patented digital pattern recognition technology, Nielsen BDS captures in excess of 100 million song detections annually on more than 1,600 radio stations in over 140 U.S. markets (including Puerto Rico), 30 Canadian markets and the 3 major markets in Mexico. Nielsen BDS also uses the service to track monitored airplay at satellite radio (Sirius XM), internet services (66RAW, Yahoo! and AOL) and audio networks (like Dial Global, Music Choice and Radio Disney), as well as on TV (12 U.S. music video channels and 9 Canadian video channels).
Since its 1992 debut, BDS has become the standard for the radio and music industry because of its accuracy of detecting, tracking and monitoring songs. The method has also helped tracks that only received airplay (songs that are not released as singles) become major hits, especially in Billboard's Hot 100 chart, where several radio-only tracks have reached the top spot.
They ask why is this important to them as a new artist???
Think about the first time you heard artist like Young M.A., Fetty Wap. Future, Drake or J. Cole on the Radio… Maybe you didn’t know who they were at the time. Well that’s because those artist were no different from you starting from a ground up level through mixtapes, internet popularity, youtube hits etc., however the one thing they had to do before those Radio stations even considered playing their records was to have their songs registered and monitored by BDS.
Many artists ask is 66RAW a DRT Station because I’m registered with DRT (Digital Radio Tracker) how is that different from BDS? Well yes, we are also monitored by DRT but what the key difference is ... Let's separate the Big Dawgs from the Chihuahuas and with that being said simply put although DRT is cool for personal records and some bragging rights …DRT doesn’t count towards the Billboard charts and those are the charts that matter when it comes to making you bigger than just the internet!
What is DRT???
Digital Radio Tracker, also known as DRT, is a radio airplay broadcast monitoring service that tracks radio airplay of songs in the US and worldwide on more than 5000+ online radio stations.