How Grammy Nominee Brent Faiyaz Built His Music Career Off Streaming (VICE NEWS)


Valuable info from our friends at VICE News.

“When Grammy nominee Brent Faiyaz and his manager, Ty Baisden, were offered a record deal with a quarter million dollar advance, they walked away. Instead, they opted to go independent. New artists usually seek notoriety by signing with a major label. But the contracts often leave them with few rights to their music and little-to-no longterm earning power. In recent years, however, more and more artists have decided to buck signing with a label and pursue their independence, according to veteran music attorney Richard Grabel. The best contract that Faiyaz and Baisden reviewed, for example, gave them 18 percent of the royalties — money paid by the record label to the artist for each time a song is played or purchased. After scooping up a Grammy nomination for his performance on GoldLink’s “Crew,” Faiyaz and Baisden chose the indie route. They set up their own company, Lost Kids LLC, and invested $30,000 out of their own pockets for a debut album. Now, they use data from streaming platforms like Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music to build their fan base. Knowing who plays Faiyaz’s music — and where — helped the duo sell out a tour across the United States and Europe.”

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VIDEO MIX TV – The Urban Ground Breaking Recap

While many historically black communities have become footnotes because of targeted gentrification, Urban Philanthropies is turning the tides with plans to continue the revitalization of Miami’s Overtown community.

Located in the heart of Overtown, the new on trend entertainment hub, “The Urban,” will house a space infused with art, music, culture, a food market and special events. The hub will provide a space for neighbors to connect, friends to meet new friends and visitors to take in the culture.

Urban Philanthropies focuses on preserving, empowering and transforming disinvested communities like Overtown.

The Urban will create over 100 jobs in the retail, restaurant areas. Additionally, there will be a 20k square foot food forest that will be the home to an incredible garden where people will be able to learn to grow food as well as participate in the cultivation and harvesting.

Opening in June of 2018

Lyric Live Season 5 Premiere Exclusive Coverage

VIDEO MIX TV brings you exclusive coverage of the Lyric Live Season 5 opener. Faisal XT catches up with dynamic host Chello along with providing information about auditions and how to get tickets for the 1st Friday of every month.

Rap Radar Ep. 20: Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle sits down with Rap Radar (s/o Elliot Wilson and and gives some valuable insight detailing his journey from slinging drugs in a vacant lot to owning the anchor store in same lot after it transformed to a shopping center.  His philosophy of co-operative economics, self reliance, the new music economy and HUSTLE should inspire anyone trying to succeed in life.

Marathon Clothing is an integrated marketing retail store that is next level using smart technology in a retail space that would normally be in a high end boutique in Beverly Hills or Manhattan but is located in his hood.  Nipsey reveals why he decided to sign to Atlantic Records and shares some stories about his new album, Victory Lap is in stores now.

Mo’Nique Speaks On Racial And Gender Inequality In Hollywood + More

After being given the “Donkey of the Day” from Charlamagne, Mo’Nique came to The Breakfast Club to set the record straight.  Her husband/manager Sidney was on via phone and they addressed the information that Charlamagne used to form his opinion.  Charlamagne stuck to his guns regarding recent success by Dave Chapelle, Chris Rock and Amy Schumer as the primary reason that Netflix low balled Mo’Nique with a $500,000 offer for her Netflix deal.   Wanda Sykes also confirmed that she was low balled also despite her success.

This appears to be a classic case of gender and racial bias.  Despite Chapelle and Rock getting lucrative deals, Mo’Nique reminds us that glass ceilings for women of color remain difficult to navigate especially if your are not willing to play games that so many other have chosen to.

While Charlamagne continues to see this as a simple case of “Look at the numbers”, people must remember, Numbers CAN be misinterpreted.  Everyone must be objective and examine the numbers and don’t just take them at face value.  For generations, Black movies have had to produce mind boggling numbers despite nominal budgets in order to have a shot at a second project.


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Dice Raw sits down with VIDEO MIX TV to discuss The Last Jimmy (Part 4 of 4)

In this final segment of the exclusive interview, Dice Raw let’s us know about the community outreach component of the play where he visits local schools to help inspire the youth and spits a freestyle to give viewers some inspiration and more…

Phillip Brown sits down with VIDEO MIX TV to discuss The Last Jimmy (Part 3 of 4)

Phillip Brown, writer & director of The Last Jimmy, discusses how he came on board with the project.  Gives some touching insight on his thesis of how young men that grow up without father’s often find themselves systematically participating in the prison pipeline economy.

Dice Raw sits down with VIDEO MIX TV to discuss The Last Jimmy (Part 2 of 4)

In advance of the Miami debut of The Last Jimmy at the Arsht Center, Dice Raw gives more insight on the inspiration that birthed The Last Jimmy. Inspired by Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow and his album, Jimmy’s Back. Gives some history on Jim Crow, connection with the play Hamilton and touches on the Kendrick Lamar controversy.

Dice Raw sits down with VIDEO MIX TV to discuss The Last Jimmy ( Part 1 of 4)

In advance of the Miami debut of The Last Jimmy, Dice Raw sits down with Faisal XT to share some insight of growing up in Philly, how Hip Hop impacted his life and how he linked up with the founding members of the Legendary Roots Crew

The Last Jimmy – Arsht Center Jan 12-13 2018


Coming to the Arsht Center January 12th & 13th, The Last Jimmy is a hip-hop musical odyssey featuring song, live music and dance. This production follows the plight of the last Black man left to be imprisoned by a court and prison system stacked against young men of color. The Last Jimmy was created by 5-time Grammy® nominated rapper Dice Raw of The Legendary Roots Crew and inspired by Dr. Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow. Written and directed by Phillip S. Brown, The Last Jimmy also features original music and lyrics by Dice Raw —

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