This February, Hip-Hop Entrepreneurs are making black history by advancing the technology industry. Clifford Harris Jr, known as “T.I.,” launches a new syndicated investment vehicle called Tech Cypha with business partner Jason Geter and Brandon “BL” Lewis; son of late great boxing promoter and entrepreneur Butch Lewis. Leveraging technologies such as Airbnb, Lyft and Lime through the eyes of hip-hop culture, the team also launched a Los Angeles-based entertainment startup called Culture Genesis. Together, the new collaborative investment strategy allows high-net-worth individuals to participate in trending tech startup deals.
The strategy evolved when Geter and Harris made their first investment 12 years ago into a company called Streetcred.com, a site that allowed fans to go online and share opinions about street culture. While that first deal didn’t work out, Geter and Harris maintained interest in the technology and startup scene to create opportunities for their networks and promote new businesses.
“We learned a lot,” says Harris. “Now, we know where our demographic is.”
For Geter, that demographic is taking advantage of Atlanta’s surging position as a cultural and technological mecca in the United States. Indeed, Atlanta-area startups raised roughly $1.15 billion in 2018, a record for the region, according to data from PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association.
“Being in the city of Atlanta and with Georgia Tech producing so much talent, and coming from us being within the hip-hop culture, which is always influencing and promoting things, we saw an opportunity,” says Geter. “In the past, we were always looking through the glass window and looking at ways we can participate earlier. And that’s by coming together to pool our resources so we can invest more.”
Through informed mentorship programs and partnerships, Tech Cypha will include using influencers in various fields. Currently, the syndicate includes Lil Duval, Killer Mike, Tamika ‘Tiny’ Harris, Tai Green, Korey Roberson, Stephanie Shirley, and BJ Kerr among others. As an industry leader, Lewis is known for his talent in branding, marketing and partnership deals.
“Often times, we drive technology like social media and apps, but we are never apart of the ownership,” Lewis continues, “Tech Cypha is going to be an investment vehicle looking for promising, early and late-stage startups to invest capital in, assist with marketing and give branding directions. It’s our way of bridging the gap between the culture and technology.”
Photo Credit: Evan Tetreault, courtesy of Interscope Records
Los Angeles, CA – July 19, 2018 – Singer – Songwriter & Producer duo, WATCH THE DUCK (i am OTHER/Interscope Records) will be embarking on a multi-city Sunsets & Slow Grind tour this summer. Kicking off in Dallas, Texas on July 20, the tour will also feature Rico Davis, Andreaevolves and a host of special guests. Check out the official tour video HERE.
“We wanted to create a kickback for people who work every day, people who are friends in real life, people who are actively trying to figure their sh*t out. We just want to create a place where people can let loose to good music,” says the duo.
Comprised of friends Eddie Smith III and Jesse Rankins, the group hails from Montgomery, Alabama. After building their name behind-the-scenes as producers, the group launched a career as artists in their own right. WATCH THE DUCK has consistently delivered through solo projects, featuring some of music’s biggest names, including: T.I., ScHoolboy Q, Afrojack and Steve Aoki. Currently under the guidance of Pharrell Williams, WATCH THE DUCK recently released their self-produced debut album, Delayed Adulthood under the duo’s newly created imprint called Children Need Exercise. It features their first single “There You Are.”
For more information on the Sunsets & Slow Grind tour, please visit: www.watchtheduck.com
Date City Venue
7/20 Fort Worth, TX Shipping & Receiving Bar
7/21 Houston, TX Axelrad
7/22 Austin, TX Ethics Music Lounge
7/25 New Orleans, LA The Drifter Hotel (Poolside)
7/27 Montgomery, AL B.B. King’s at Wind Creek Casino (Poolside)
7/28 Atlanta, GA Space 2, The Sound Table
7/29 Miami, FL SOHO Beach House
8/1 Chapel Hill Local 506 Music Bar
8/2 Washington, D.C. Songbyrd Music House
8/5 Philadelphia, PA Everybody Hits
8/6 Boston, MA The Middle East
8/7 Brooklyn, NY Friends and Lovers
WATCH THE DUCK’s Delayed Adulthood eAlbum
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Known as home for everyone from 50 Cent and Nas to A Tribe Called Quest and Nicki Minaj, Queens has bred yet another hip-hop heavyweight. The borough’s brightest new voice lougotcash shares his official major label debut single “Make 10” today. Listen to it HERE.
It’s available HERE via Gwinin Entertaiment/ Republic Records.
A knockout combo of gritty production and airtight rhymes, “Make 10” has impressively racked up over 1.5 million Soundcloud plays and 542K Spotify streams and counting independently Thru DJ Self’s Gwinin Entertainment Label. It’s the perfect introduction to this buzzing new artist.
Already, lougotcash has performed alongside titans such as T.I. and Plies and earned the endorsement of another hometown heavy hitter, 50 Cent who proclaimed, “The young bull is ready.”
Stay tuned for big things from lougotcash in 2017 as he makes Queens and East Coast hip-hop proud.