Jay-Z makes a million dollars per show: Here’s what everyone else earns

March 27th, 2015

Oprah Winfrey-jay-z-Life-But-Dream-New-York-jemblog-dot-comSome of us wonder why so many young black men trade in their educational opportunities for a chance to drop rhymes on the microphone. Hip-hop has become the most marketed lottery ticket in the black community, next to the false dreams of the NBA and NFL. Sure, a small percentage of kids get a chance to eventually make money as entertainers, but the odds are one in a zillion (or something like that).

These are the numbers and success stories most likely to be sold to our kids through mainstream media, which is why black people must work to ensure that the stories of doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs are told just as regularly. It’s much easier to become a surgeon than it is to become the next LeBron James, and you don’t even have to grow to be nearly seven feet tall.

For those who are curious, this article by our blogger, Liku Zelleke gives a breakdown of what your favorite (or least favorite) artists earn for a night on the job. The money sounds good at first, until you realize that only an incredibly small number of artists ever get to live this life, and the big money is typically short-lived.

If you hear a black child say he wants to be a professional athlete or entertainer, tell him to keep going with his hobby, but to make sports and entertainment his plan B, not his plan A. If you don’t intervene, it could be disasterous. For every Kanye West or Kevin Durant, there are a thousand others who tried and failed and ended up broke in the process. It undermines our ability to form strong black families when young black men do not get a good education and learn how to build their own wealth.

Before the advent of the internet, artists and musicians could rely on incomes that were generated from the direct sales of their work. Although cassettes, and later CDs, were copied and bootlegged, there was still enough left for the stars to make money.

As internet usage spread torrent and peer-to-peer sharing sites appeared and anyone could download any kind of music and not pay a single cent for it. This obviously hit the artists’ pocket hard and they needed to find a better way to make sure that their incomes didn’t diminish.

And so, the tour was born. Well, artists have always toured, but it has now become the primary way of earning money. Whereas in the past, concerts were held to support album sales and widen the fan base in the hopes that it would increase album sales, it has now become the opposite: artists release albums to generate interest for new tours. Of course, ticket prices are hiked up with the intention of widening profit margins.

Today, anyone from a newbie that can grab a mike and hold an audience’s attention to superstars who have millions of fans are going on the road as often as possible – and they are earning big money.

Another important player in the rappers’ money-making process, that didn’t really factor-in until not too long ago, is the booking agency. These agencies take over the booking of their client artists’ tours. While record deals once drove the aspirations of artists, today it is being able to find a wizard of an agency that really counts.

There are stars out there that are free agents and yet have millions to their names just because they were able to sign up with a booking agency that could put them in front of a crowd over and over again, guaranteeing money in everyone’s pockets. What is quite interesting is the fact that almost all the stars that have millions of fans across the globe are actually represented by just a handful of agencies. Prominent among them are William Morris Endeavor, CAA, the Agency Group and ICM.

New names in the rap game now make it their career goal to get themselves signed to one of these powerful money-makers instead of trying to land recording deals like the generations of artists before them did.

One such artist is Chance the Rapper. A natural talent and deep interest in music brought the Chicagoan to the fore of music. In 2011 he started with a single “Windows” and then followed it with a mixtape titled “10 Day” in 2012. His work was warmly accepted and he became an overnight sensation – so much so that he was featured in Forbes magazine’s Cheap Tunes column.

A few months later, Chance, whose real name is Chancellor Bennett, was asked by Childish Gambino to appear on the latter’s mix tape. This in turn led to him being asked to be the opening act when Gambino went on tour of North America.

So far, Chance hasn’t stopped touring. He did make one change though – he signed a contract with Cara Lewis and CAA. His cash flow has been rising ever since he joined the bookers and agents.

Below is a list of how much rappers get paid for a show. Although the figures are ballpark, it gives a hint as to how well they are fairing in comparison to one another.
No. Artist Asking Price per Show

Isaiah Rashad $7,500

Vic Mensa $10,000

Trinidad Jame$ $12,500

Travi$ Scott $15,000

Action Bronson $20,000

Curren$y $20,000

Danny Brown $20,000

Asher Roth $20,000

Rakim $20,000

Ab-Soul $20,000

A$AP Ferg $25,000

Bow Wow $25,000

Earl Sweatshirt $25,000

Chance the Rapper $35,000

RiFF RAFF $35,000

De La Soul $40,000

Busta Rhymes $40,000

Game $40,000-$50,000

Big Boi $50,000

Soulja Boy $50,000+

Tyler, The Creator $60,000

Juicy J $60,000

Nelly $65,000

Lupe Fiasco $65,000-$70,000

Wale $70,000

B.o.B $70,000

Jeezy $70,000

Big Sean $75,000

Common $75,000

Mac Miller $75,000

Ludacris $80,000+

2 Chainz $85,000

Childish Gambino $85,000

A$AP Rocky $90,000-$120,000

Rick Ross $100,000

Lauryn HIll $100,000

Snoop Dogg $100,000

The Roots $100,000+

Kid Cudi $110,000+

Wiz Khalifa $115,000

J. Cole $125,000

Kendrick Lamar $125,000+

50 Cent $150,000+

Nicki Minaj $250,000+

Lil Wayne $300,000+

Drake $350,000-$600,000

Macklemore $350,000-$700,000

Kanye West $500,000+

Jay Z $1,000,000+


Damon Dash gives a powerful response to The Breakfast Club Interview (video)

March 26th, 2015


En Vogue Sued For $100 million After Dropping Label, Signing With New One

March 22nd, 2015

En Vogue performs 3En Vogue has been in the news lately, and not because of another album or a new track, but for being sued by their former record label for more than $100 million!

Rene Moore, Rufftown Entertainment founder and owner, has filed the lawsuit against the R&B girl group claiming that En Vogue has failed to abide by a deal.

According to legal documents, Moore alleges to have spent an amount of nearly $200,000 in 2010 to fund the major comeback of En Vogue, and it included three originals members— Cindy Heron, Maxine Jones and Terry Ellis. The deal included a new album and a tour.

Sources confirmed that in 2011, video footage showed the trio asserting that they were working on the album. But as it turns out, the ’90s group never managed to complete the album, nor did they execute a tour that was planned to promote their come back.

Unfortunately for Rufftown Entertainment, the money was pledged in vain, as En Vogue abandoned the project while in the middle of working on it.

Sadly, not only did they abandon the project, but they went on to sign with another label, Pyramid Records, in 2014.

Moore says that the ladies’ indecorous decision has cost her a fortune, so she waged the beginning of a legal battle against En Vogue, as well as their new label ‘Pyramid Records’.

The lawsuit claims that since the singing group failed to honor the deal with Rufftown Entertainment, they will have to pay for the losses that their former label incurred.

En Vogue seems to be going through a crisis. In addition to legal issues, news spread earlier that one of the original members of En Vogue, Maxine Jones, is no longer an active member.

But this is not the first time that the R&B group has been involved in a lawsuit. Last year, Dawn Robinson, an ex-member, threatening to sue Lifetime for its holiday movie, En Vogue Christmas.

En Vogue has not come forward to comment on the latest lawsuit that they are facing.


Taraji P Henson nearly falls down walking to the Steve Harvey Show Answering Questions – But Nothing Can Stop Cookie (video)

March 22nd, 2015

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Dame Dash Goes After Ex-Wife Rachel Roy For Violating Divorce Agreement

March 22nd, 2015

dame-dash-racheal-ray-jemblog-dot-comDamon Dash, known for his former business partnership with Jay-Z, is demanding that his ex-wife, Rachel Roy, make compensations in court for violating their divorce agreement.

Dash and Roy, who married in 2005, have two daughters together. Roy filed for divorce in 2009, along with an order of protection.

On March 13, Dash asked the court to revisit their case because he believed that Roy had been untruthful in some aspects of the original proceedings.

Dash’s reasoning behind taking his ex to court is unclear. Some have speculated that there might have been something going on between her and Jay-Z, which led Dash to believe she violated their agreement during the divorce process.

Back in the summer of 2014, Solange Knowles, Beyonce’s sister, assaulted Jay Z in an elevator. Sources say the attack was based on grounds that he had been giving inappropriate attention to fashion designer, Rachel Roy.

“I thought it was funny. Jay’s the kind of guy who doesn’t move or nothing like that that much. He just don’t have many uncool moments,” Dash said in reference to the incident with Knowles.

“If he (Jay-Z) was trying to holler at my [ex]wife. That would be dark. That means he really has some resentment. I would hope that wouldn’t’ be the case,” Dash said.

Dash and Jay-Z parted ways in 2004 when Def Jam, a well-established hip-hop music label, purchased their label, Roc-a-Fella. Their separation was not necessarily cordial. Despite their break-up, Dash seemed to hold some respect for the way Jay-Z handled the harassment situation.

He mentioned that the incident gave people the opportunity to see how well Jay-Z handles high-pressure situations. “That was interesting to see how good he was at it,” he added.

Roy was also on the receiving end of Knowles’ wrath at a party that took place previous to the elevator confrontation. The dialogue between the women is not clear, but it was confrontational nonetheless.

“Solange flipped out over something Jay had said, that she took the wrong way. She took it too hard or too far. Not sure what it was, but she greatly overreacted,” one witness said.


Tyrese feat. Snoop Dogg – Dumb S@#$ (Official Music Video)

March 19th, 2015

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How Much Did Each Kardashian/Jenner Get From Their $100 Million E! TV Deal

March 18th, 2015

As previously reported, the Kardashian krew got a whopping $100 million from E! for another 4-years of their reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, as well as its various spin-offs.

We have a break-down of what went to who, and it starts off with the matriarch, Kris Jenner, at the top with $20 million! Considering she’s the one who brokered the deal, it makes sense she’d bank the most. Can you guess who was next in line?

Of course, the reason why they have a show in the first place – Kim Kardashian! Kimmy Cakes brings in $15 million in this deal, while the sisters (Kourtney, Khloe, Kylie and Kendall) all get 10 each. Unfortunately for Kourtney, that 10 has to be split between her and Scott. (Which I think is pretty unfair, considering Scott is his own character on the show.) Rounding it out is Kanye West, who will be paid $5 million for his appearances.

The total comes to $80 million based on the breakdown, and the remaining 20 is said to be for “bonuses and incentives.” No word on Bruce Jenner or Rob Kardashian’s earnings though, if any.

Raven-Symoné And The Ladies Of ‘The Real’ Have A ‘Cheetahlicious’ Dance Off (video)

March 17th, 2015


Ameriie is Back with a New Song – “Out Loud”

March 17th, 2015

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Patti Labelle Foxtrots Dancing With The Stars (video)

March 17th, 2015

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The foxtrot, judge scores: 7, 6, 6, 6 for a total of 25 points)
Julianne gushes about Patti’s presence, calling her a “gorgeous, graceful goddess” and that “everything was beautiful.” Bruno calls it enriching, Carrie Ann also loves it. “You can ring my bell, Patti” Len grins, while Tom Bergeron proves why he’s America’s hero and chimes in, “That’s one rusty bell!”Good for her!


Paula Patton Breaks Her Silence On Split From Robin Thicke

March 8th, 2015


The 39 year-old says that she has come out of the past year stronger and that her 4-year-old son Julian is happy.

“I feel like everything happens for a reason and then you have to move on and grow from there,” she said. Paula and Robin, who were teenagers when they met, have been married since 2009.
Ultimately, Paula says her son has helped her to move on,“The thing is you can’t wallow in sadness or stay in bed when you have a child. And they’re so full of life and wonder. And he brings me so much joy.”

Patton has been super busy lately. She is the brand ambassador for designer Ellen Tracy and she will be starring in ABC’s newest drama “Runner.”
Meanwhile, her ex Robin Thicke is still battling it out in court with the Marvin Gaye estate for the past year. Hopefully, they’re both in a happier place now.


New Edition Fan Shoots Movie On The Group – “NE Heartbreak – The New Edition Story”

February 26th, 2015


So, here you go…

What I know thus far:

– “NE Heartbreak The Movement” is creative team that comprises of New Edition fans, who hope to eventually produce a feature film that tells the groups story. To help raise awareness for the project, The Movement has put together what they’re calling a “sneak peek” trailer, asking that, if you’re as much of a New Edition fan as they are, you should help spread the word about the collective’s efforts to bring the R&B group’s story to the big screen.

– The film will be directed by Bobby Huntley, an independent filmmaker from Atlanta, and produced by Nikki Wade. The rest of the production team includes cinematographer Calisha Prince; lighting designer Mark Alston; post-production designer and sound editor, Brandon Cordy & hair professional Jameelah Crump. All of them are part of a team of New Edition fans who spent 6 weeks auditioning for the cast, and another 6-week period of rehearsals, to shoot the fan-made trailer embedded below, which they say was created with no budget.

All the above information was found on the project’s website, which you can access here. There you’ll find a bit more on the project, and those behind it.

You can also follow the project on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

The Website


Jodeci Returns With “Every Moment” Music Video

February 26th, 2015


Jodeci paved the way for R&B acts like Usher, Dru Hill, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, and numerous others. Now, after a 20-year recording hiatus, the legendary group announces its return with a new music video, “Every Moment.”

Directed by Hype Williams, the video opens up with Devante Swing playing a baby grand piano at the of a mountain for the world to hear. They are literally taking their comeback to the highest level. The band appears together in all white showcasing their new sound, which stays true to their roots but still meshes well with the new wave.

“Every Moment” will appear on Jodeci’s upcoming album, The Past, The Present, The Future.

The Past, The Present, The Future tracklist

1. “Too Hot”
2. “Sho Out”
3. “Checkin for You”
4. “Those Things”
5. “Every Moment”
6. “Nobody Wins” feat. B.o.B
7. “Incredible”
8. “Jennifer”
9. “Body Parts”
10. “Stress Reliever”
11. “Sho Out” feat. Liana Banks
12. Nobody Wins


Bobbi Kristina’s Beau Nick Gordon Comes For Bobby Brown On Twitter

February 25th, 2015

???????????????????????????Bobbi Kristina Brown’s longtime boyfriend Nick Gordon is not taking kindly to being barred from seeing his live-in lover since she was rushed to the hospital nearly a month ago. Bobbi Kristina was found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub at her Roswell, Ga., home.

Gordon flew into a Twitter rage Monday as tensions escalated between him and Bobbi Kris’ father, Bobby Brown, US Weekly reports. Because of ongoing conflict between Gordon and the Browns, he was barred from seeing Bobbi Kristina even before he was recently named as a person of interest in the investigation into events leading up to her discovery on Jan. 31. Her repose bore an eerie similarity to that of her mother, Whitney Houston, who was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 11, 2012.

US magazine reports:

The tweets came shortly after Bobby’s lawyer insinuated in a new statement that Gordon is withholding information that may be pertinent to the ongoing investigation into Bobbi Kristina’s hospitalization on Jan. 31.

“Due to Mr. Gordon’s failure to place in tangible form his understanding of the events that led to the hospitalization of Bobbi Kristina, there is no reason for any additional discussion with him,” Christopher Brown of Brown & Rosen LLC told Us Weekly on Sunday, Feb. 22. “It appears that Mr. Gordon did not want his understanding of the facts to be subject to the truthful examination of various experts or Bobby Brown himself.”

The statement goes on to say Gordon’s silence raises questions about how much he really wants to see Bobbi Kristina.The statement continued: “Mr. Gordon has every right to remain silent and not share his version of the events with Bobby Brown. We are only concerned with individuals that can help Bobbi Kristina and bring resolution to this investigation. Obviously Mr. Gordon is not as desperate to visit Bobbi Kristina as he wants the world to believe. At least not desperate enough to inform Bobby Brown, in writing, what happened to Bobbi Kristina.”
Gordon’s lawyer followed up with a statement of his own.

“Mr. Brown is not law enforcement. However, in response to requests from law enforcement, Mr. Gordon and others have made statements. All Mr. Gordon wants from Mr. Brown is permission to see Bobbi Kristina. And again, Mr. Gordon is willing to meet privately with Mr. Brown to discuss this.”
And then Gordon took it to the court of public opinion:


Peter Gunz Leaves Amina Buddafly For Snitching? – When Does the Foolishness End?

February 23rd, 2015


Why now? Amina told Tara about how many other women he was messing with while they were still together. “As far as I’m concerned, this is the ultimate betrayal. No reason for Amina to bring up the past now,” Peter stated–as if he had a valid point.

Amina wasn’t going to allow Peter to get indignant about having his past revealed to his momma. As his wife, she felt perfectly within her rights to pass the information along since there seem to be so many blurred lines in this blended family. The shade, though, came when Amina told Peter,”The bottom line is that you don’t do sh*t like that, and you don’t treat women like that.”

The thing that blows our minds is how upset Peter got about Tara knowing he cheated more than she knew. His behavior seems to imply that he’s still trying to have a romantic relationship with Tara when he has a wife at home. Then again, with the way Amina got him, she should probably expect this type of behavior.

The real question here is whether Amina will ever wise up and completely dump Peter. She’s been allowing him to embarrass her for two seasons–even after marrying her. Hasn’t she had enough of feeling like a jump-off?


Iggy Azalea Shows of the Booty in a bikini – Not to Flattering

February 22nd, 2015




Mo’Nique: I was ‘blackballed’ by Hollywood after Oscar win for not ‘playing the game’

February 19th, 2015

monique-wins-golden-globe-for-role-in-preciousMo’Nique won an Academy Award in 2010 — and has only made one film since.

According to the actress, Hollywood hasn’t come calling because she didn’t actively campaign for the Oscar she won for her supporting role in “Precious.”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the movie star opened up about her post-Oscars career while discussing the 75th anniversary of Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar win for “Gone With the Wind” in 1940, making her the first African-American to win the award in Academy history.

Mo’Nique received criticism for refusing to take part in the usual Hollywood schmoozing that comes with being in contention during awards seasons.

“You want me to campaign for an award – and I say this with all the humility in the world – but you want me to campaign for an award that I didn’t ask for,” the star noted with disbelief.

Despite not campaigning for the award, Mo’Nique still won the Oscar for her “Precious” role. But when asked how it had changed her life, she said that it hadn’t at all, sadly mirroring McDaniels’ career trajectory.

“What I understood was that when I won that Oscar, things would change in all the ways you’re saying: it should come with more respect, more choices and more money,” Mo’Nique said.

“It should, and it normally does. Hattie said, ‘After I won that award, it was as if I had done something wrong.’ It was the same with me.”

The 47-year-old star said “Precious” director Lee Daniels recently told her she had been “blackballed” by the industry because she didn’t “play the game.”

Mo’Nique revealed that Daniels had offered her roles in his TV show “Empire” and movies “The Butler” and an upcoming Richard Pryor biopic, but then they were “taken off the table.”

“They all went away,” she added. “But that’s just part of the business, you know? I can’t be upset at anybody, ’cause life is too good. It’s just what it is.”

For his part, Daniels told THR that “Mo’Nique is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her demands through ‘Precious’ were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community.”

“I consider her a friend,” he added. “However, the consensus among the creative teams and powers thus far were to go another way with these roles.”

But Mo’Nique isn’t waiting for Hollywood to come calling. She and her husband “went the independent route” with their film, “Blackbird.” After debuting at a film festival last year, the drama will be released in theaters April 24.


Unretouched Beyoncé Photos from the Loreal Campaign Leak – Not So Flawless

February 19th, 2015





The images definitely show the singer in a new light, but let’s not forget: While she might be one third of the royal family, she is human. This is all a part of the process and, despite all this, King Bey still looks amazing.

Plus, we don’t imagine she’ll be salty over these leaked photos. She’s expressed her distaste for Photoshop before—she was “outraged” when H&M attempted to retouch her photos back in May 2013.

UPDATE 2/18/2015: The Beyonce World, the site that posted the photos, has deleted the images following backlash from Bey’s Beehive.

“Due to the disdain of the BeyHive, we have removed the photos. We don’t want to cause any drama, nor do we wish to start fan wars. Some of the things we have seen posted were just horrible, and we don’t want any parts of it. We were just posting the photos to share the fact that our queen is naturally beautiful, at the same time she is just a regular woman.”

Lil Wayne’s $51M Lawsuit Shows The Depth Of Betrayal By Cash Money

February 15th, 2015


The $51 million lawsuit Lil Wayne has filed against Birdman and Cash Money Records has given fans a truthful insight into the inner workings of the music industry’s most successful independent rap companies.

YMCMB was always projected and marketed to be a “family” but if the 21-page lawsuit Mark H. Jaffe posted is true, this family is about as dysfunctional as it gets.

Birdman and Weezy referred to each other as Father and Son, but check out how deep the deception and betrayal goes as described in the charges brought up against Cash Money:

Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment is technically not owned by Lil Wayne because his “Pa”, Birdman, owns 51% interest in the label while Weezy owns 49%.
Cash Money Records failed to provide Weezy and/or Young Money with accounting statements and payments of net profits for years.

Since early 2012, Cash Money has failed to provide monthly accounting statements and/or failed to pay Young Money its share of receipts with regard to Drake’s recordings, who is signed to Young Money.

Cash Money has failed to provide a single accounting in respect of the exploitation of the Drake recordings, despite Drake being one of the best selling recording artists in recent years.
Cash Money has failed to pay Young Money any royalties for recordings owned and commercially exploited by Young Money.

Cash Money failed to properly register the copyright in the Young Money Label recordings as jointly owned by Cash Money and Carter/Young Money LLC.

Cash Money would refuse to sign artists that Lil Wayne brought to join Young Money.

Cash Money failed to account to and pay third parties (i.e. producers, etc.) involved with recording artists signed to Young Money.

These are just a few of the ways Birdman was stealing from Young Money and Weezy. Birdman/Cash Money’s actions effectively jeapordized Young Money’s ability to conduct business and waste the assets of the Young Money Label while bleeding it dry of any profits.

For years, many artists, fans, and even other complanies looked up to Cash Money as the example of how to successfully and righteously run a record company where all the artists were happily taken care of.

Cash Money failed to deliver on the loyalty and love they often spoke of and blantantly stole profits from Drake, whom they could not deny was successful and only highlighted that Cash Money was stabbing Weezy in the back.

When the loyalty and love is gone, all that’s left is the money. And it looks like Cash Money is about to cash out to pay what they owe.


Drake – Jungle (short Film)

February 12th, 2015

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