Thursday, April 12, 2018

Life of Artist Manager: Zaytoven & Al Nuke in Hollywood

(4/11/18) - Met up with super producer Zaytoven and his manager Al Nuke yesterday at a studio in Hollywood. Zaytoven's debut album "Trap Holizay" is coming out on May 25, and Zay and his team are getting ready for the release. When I arrived at the studio Zay and Nuke were planning and working with a few Bay Area artists. There were a lot of creative people in the room. Legendary photographer, Mike Miller was also in the studio with us. Mike and Zaytoven had just finished an epic photo shoot, which turned out very well. Zaytoven's longtime manager and partner Al Nuke also speaks about his role as a artist manager as well as some of the struggles that he goes thru managing an in-demand music producer.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Life of Artist Manager: The REAL Rick Ross

(4/10/18) - Met up with the legendary Freeway Rick Ross. He is who the famous rapper Rick Ross, got his name from. In this short interview with Freeway Ricky, we chat about artist management and he also gives a few words of wisdom and inspiration. I look forward to working more with Rick soon.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Prestley Snipes - Illegal Girl

Prestley Snipes "Illegal Girl". Music Video Shot by Ola Bakare. Directed by Prestley Snipes.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Prestley Snipes - Out Your Mind

Prestley Snipes "Out Your Mind" Produced by Alex Lustig. Music Video Shot by Ola Bakare. Directed by Prestley Snipes.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Prestley Snipes - Proper

Prestley Snipes "Proper" Produced by Alex Lustig. Music Video Shot by Ola Bakare. Directed by Prestley Snipes.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Prestley Snipes - Sippin On This Henny

Prestley Snipes "Sippin On This Henny" Music Video Produced by Alex Lustig. Music Video Shot by Ola Bakare. Directed by Prestley Snipes.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Life of Artist Manager: NBA Youngboy In Atlanta

(2/2/18) - Met with 18-Year-Old Louisiana Rapper Youngboy Never Broke Again and his team yesterday at Lenox Mall in Atlanta, GA. Youngboy has been on the rise ever since releasing a string of mixtapes and the music video to his popular song "38 Baby". Youngboy was in ATL the other day, recording new music and handling some business. I got a chance to have a meeting with his team and I also gave them some new beats from some of the upcoming producers that I work with. I also got a chance to hear NBA Baby Joe's new music, that should be getting released, real soon. Youngboy also had the new McLaren 570GT on the streets! Definitely look forward to linking up with the NBA crew again in the future.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Getting Knocked Down In The Music Business

In this video, I talk about failure and getting knocked down in the music and entertainment business. This line of work can be very rewarding, if your work begins to pay off, but what do you do if it doesn't pay off as soon as you'd expect? Do you quit and get a regular job or do you stay persistent and keep working on your craft until you reach the payday that you feel you deserve? These are questions that you need to ask yourself before becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business or brand. Will you let negative situations discourage you or will you take a bad situation and turn it into a good one? In this video, I share my thoughts on getting knocked down.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

Entertainment Lawyers & The Music Business (How To NOT Get RIPPED OFF)

At some point, when your project starts to take off, you may need a lawyer to help you understand some of the contracts that may be coming your way. You don’t really need a lawyer, and any information that you seek is an Internet search away, but if you have access to a good entertainment lawyer, then I’d recommend keeping one on speed dial. You better hope you have some sort of understanding with the lawyer also. Some lawyers will turn the clock on and charge you for every minute that you speak with them. Be very careful not to retain a lawyer’s services until you can afford it, or it seems absolutely necessary. Some lawyers may talk with you for hours, while you’re oblivious that their rate clock is on. Everyone is in the game to make money, just like you are and if you think a lawyer is giving you free information, either you’re very lucky, or you better think twice. In this video I talk about conflict of interest and tortious interference.

Prestley Snipes - Look At My Car

Prestley Snipes "Look At My Car" Music Video Produced by Prestley Snipes

Saturday, January 6, 2018

How 21 Savage Used SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING To Get RICH & FAMOUS!!! - Here's a short documentary film about how Atlanta rapper 21 Savage became rich, famous and successful, simply by using Social Media Marketing. In this film, I will show you the exact steps 21 Savage took to become one of the most streamed music artists in the World! 21 Savage started out as a hype man for rapper Fatmankey and ManMan Savage. During the success of the iLoveMakonnen & Drake “Tuesday” project, 21 started to notice an opening for himself. 21 started his career as a rapper in late 2014 and recorded a few songs with iLoveMakonnen, who I was managing at the time. 21 would soon partner with frequent iLoveMakonnen collaborators, Sonny Digital and Metro Boomin and the rest is history. 21 Savage soon recorded the hit song “Red Opps” with Sonny Digital and he would later start recording songs with Metro Boomin. Soon after working with Metro, him and rapper Future collaborated on the hit song “X”, which would eventually land 21 Savage a RIAA Double Platinum Record. 21 Savage continued his success with songs like "No Heart", "Rockstar" with Post Malone and "Bank Account", and he has already sold upwards of 10 million singles. 21 Savage's "Savage Mode" & "ISSA" albums both are currently certified RIAA Gold. 21 Savage’s success was not overnight. His ambition along with the power of Social Media played the biggest part in his success.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Justin Timberlake - Filthy (Red Rose Panic Remix)

Red Rose Panic is a band that I manage from Akron, OH. Check out their latest cover to Justin Timberlake's new hit song "FILTHY". You can follow Red Rose Panic at @RedRosePanic on all social media.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Prestley Snipes - Proper

"PROPER" by @PrestleySnipes Produced by Alex Lustig. Recorded and Mixed by Prestley Snipes.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

How To Make Money With BITCOIN & Cryptocurrency!!!

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What is Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency and how can you cash in on this new financial craze? In this video, I explain what Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency is and I explain why Bitcoin has been making news headlines lately. In 2009, when Bitcoin was new, the value of a Bitcoin was only around $0.08 cents! The value of a Bitcoin today is $12,701.55! Can you imagine how rich you'd be if you only invested $1000 in Bitcoin, when it was only $0.08? The recent surge in the value of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has caused curiosity from investors and everyday people looking to cash in on the next big e-trend. Other popular cryptocurrencies include Litecoin, Ethereum, Zcash, Dash, Ripple, Monero & Stratis, to name a few. I've been reading stories about Bitcoin for over 5 years now and just like everyone else, I regret not buying some Bitcoin a few years back. The question now remains, whether the price of Bitcoin will continue to skyrocket or will it soon plummet. Several sources speculate that the price of a Bitcoin may be as much as $50,000 or more by next year, while other speculate that the Bitcoin bubble will burst. One thing for sure, it's new technology and usually new technology only continues to grow and advance. There was a point in time where people were skeptical to invest in major tech companies like Amazon, Netflix and Microsoft. Had you invested in any of these companies early on, you'd probably be a millionaire now. Watch this video for an easy beginners guide to learning about Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency. As I learn more information about cryptocurrency, I will share it. f you've heard of bitcoin, you've probably also heard of the technology underlying it: The blockchain. A blockchain is a global online database that anyone with an internet connection can use. Unlike traditional databases — which are typically owned by big institutions — a blockchain doesn't belong to anyone; and with an entire network of people monitoring it, cheating the system by faking documents, transactions and other information is nearly impossible. I recently learned about a website called BitConnect, which helps you to buy and sell Bitcoin, while making a profit. Sign up here to get started today:

Monday, December 4, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

What Happens When You Make A Hit Song???

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When you make a hit song and the money starts rolling in, the integrity of you and your team will be put on the line. When you gain traction and momentum, your phone will start ringing nonstop. All of a sudden, everyone will want to jump on the bandwagon and be part of your success. People who you probably never thought you’d be in contact with, will start reaching out to you, hoping to get a piece of the small fortune that you are about to accumulate. People will try to pull you in every direction possible, so it’s best that you and your team stay grounded. Don’t make yourself so easily accessible either. This is the audio version of Chapter 14 from my book "How To Make It In The Music Business: Using Social Media Marketing To Build A Large Following".

Monday, November 20, 2017

How To MAKE MONEY With A Music Video!!!

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How can you make money with your music video besides monetizing it on YouTube? That's the question that every artist wants to know! In this video, I give you several proven techniques that you can apply, which will help you generate extra revenue from your music video productions. Product placement is a great way to generate revenue through your music video. You can promote products in your video, and then sell those products, using links in your music video description. Sponsorship is also another option. There are plenty of companies who will pay to produce your music videos, if you promote their products in your music video. A popular music video that goes viral, with millions of views can also lead to you getting booked to perform at live shows and events. Touring revenue usually makes up for a large majority of any artist's income. A successful and well put together tour can easily generate millions of dollars, if not tens and hundreds of millions. I also answer the question, "Is it a good idea for an artist to allow random videographers to shoot content for them, or should you own and control all of your video content?". The answer to this question is, preference. In the digital age, it is wise to have as much content online as possible. That is my opinion on the question. Feel free to leave your thoughts on this question and any other topic that I discuss in this video. Make sure you subscribe and thanks for watching.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Artists & Drugs EXPLAINED (Lil Peep, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Kurt Cobain Death)

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In this video I talk about drug use in the entertainment and creative community. Many authors, musicians, producers, directors and professionals in various creative industries, use drugs to help them create and come up with ideas. Some drugs can help expose the mind to new thoughts and ideas that one may not have come up with, while sober. Drug use in moderation is acceptable in some cases, but when you abuse drugs, the results can be fatal. This week, upcoming emo rapper Lil Peep died of an apparent Xanax overdose. I talk about some of the most successful artists and their drug usage such as Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemmingway, Charles Dickens, Future, Kurt Cobain, Whitney Houston, Pimp C, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, Wiz Khalifa, Stitches, Snoop Dogg, Philip Seymour Hoffman, ASAP Yams, 2 Chainz and more. If you are suffering with drug addiction and need someone to talk to, call the 24 Hour Helpline at 1-(800)-420-9064.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Why YOU Should NEVER Depend On LUCK!!!

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Sometimes, people get lucky. When you are lucky, it's a real blessing. Luck may play a factor, in your success in life. Unexpected blessings and good luck is what we all hope for. In this video, I talk about why I never depend on luck as my primary plan of success. Luck often comes to those who put themselves in lucky situations. Sitting at home and waiting for luck to come to you is not a wise choice, if you plan to prosper.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How I Got Started In The Music Business [Documentary]

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This is a short documentary about my family's contribution to the music business and how I was able to get my start in the music and entertainment industry. My uncles, Tunde-Ra & Taharqa Aleem, also known as The Aleem Twins, The Ghetto Fighters & Prana People, are music industry veterans who started producing music as early as the 1960s. Before Andre Harrell started his label, Uptown MCA Records, and before Sean "Diddy" Combs started his label, Bad Boy Records, and launched the career or The Notorious B.I.G., Lil Kim, 112, Faith Evans and more, my uncles were on the scene in Harlem with their indie label, Nia Records. In this documentary, I give a history of my uncles record label, and I explain how their contributions led to more great music and iconic artists.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Why They Want YOU To FAIL!!! (Crabs In a Bucket Mentality Exposed)

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In this video, I talk about the saying "crabs in a bucket" or "crabs in a barrel". Unfortunately, there are people in the World who do not want to see you win. These people have the crab mentality and you cannot allow these people to hold you back in life. A snake will be a snake and you have to understand that a reptile only moves on impulses. Avoid these crabs in your life and in your business, and you will be one step closer to success.

Thursday, October 26, 2017


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Most major feats that are worthwhile, took the minds of several people to accomplish. In this video, I go over the importance of having a team and working with other people to achieve your goals. It is hard to find compatible people to work with, but you must not be discouraged in your quest to find the proper team members/business partners. If you do research on any hit song or any great business idea, you'll see that it was the culmination of many minds with similar goals. If you want to succeed in business, prepare to build a team whose goal is to help establish your business needs. With the right team, possibilities are endless and you could be the next big millionaire entrepreneur.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

How To Stay Relevant In The Music Business

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Staying relevant is like going to the gym and working out everyday. Going to the gym to watch other people workout wont get you in shape. You must workout on your own and if you want to see results then you must workout a few times a week. Creating buzz and relevance online is exactly the same. You must be releasing content at least once a week, just like you would need to be in the gym at least once a week, if you’d like to stay in shape. The more days that you’re working out at the gym, the faster you will start seeing results. There is no quick or easy way to remain relevant, besides constantly creating new content. True relevance means thousands of people are searching for you, on a daily basis. If no one is searching for you, then you are irrelevant. Don’t feel bad about it, just create content that will get people talking and searching for you or your brand.

The video above is the audio version of Chapter 16 from my book "How To Make It In The Music Business: Using Social Media Marketing To Build A Large Following".