Did Dr. Dre Sell “Beats” to Apple?

Source: Google Images

Source: Google Images

 

Who would have thunk it?  Many, many moons ago, hip-hop was considered taboo in a lot of ways.  Other cultures didn’t understand, nor did they want to be open minded to the lyrical content and passion ensued in the up-and-coming genre.  Present day, the industry is being saved by hip-hop music (ironic, right?) and is being praised by all walks of life.  If you go to a rap concert, many times you’ll see that most of the attendees are white, not black.  This week, another gold star can be added to the hip-hop gods accomplishment list because Dr. Dre may have done the unthinkable.

 

Some years back, rapper Dr. Dre, started Beats Electronics and released the very popular Beats headphones.  Many celebrities and star athletes have adopted his brand and taken it to new heights by promoting customized headphones, diamond-studded headphones, or even their team colors and logo on headphones.  It is being rumored that Dr. Dre may have become the FIRST hip-hop billionaire by selling Beats for a reported $3.2 billion to Apple.  If this is true, he will hold the number 1 spot on the Forbes list of richest hip-hop artists, over Diddy.

 

When you start making business deals with Apple, it’s safe to say, “Momma, I made it!”  Congrats to Dr. Dre!  He can inspire us all to believe that ANYTHING is possible!

Celebrities Are Hurting Their Brand: Lil Wayne Gets Axed By Mountain Dew

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Last month I openly spoke about how maintaining the integrity of your brand is essential (click here for post) and it seems like some celebrities are learning this lesson the hard way.  The lines of creativity and pushing the envelope are being defined more and more each day and big endorsements are beginning to be snagged from some top performers.  Recently, Mountain Dew parted ways with rapper Lil Wayne due to the backlash that was received from his verse in the Karate Chop remix, which references Emmett Till; the young boy who was killed for flirting with a white woman in 1955.  Lil Wayne raps, “Pop a lot of pain pills, Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels, Beat that pus*y up like Emmett Till…”

The rapper offered an apology letter to the Till family and he states:

Dear Till Family:

As a recording artist, I have always been interested in word play. My lyrics often reference people, places and events in my music, as well as the music that I create for or alongside other artists.

It has come to my attention that lyrics from my contribution to a fellow artist’s song has deeply offended your family. As a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain that your family has had to endure. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your hurt, as well as the letter you sent to me via your attorneys.

Moving forward, I will not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in my music, especially in an inappropriate manner. I fully support Epic Record’s decision to take down the unauthorized version of the song and to not include the reference in the version that went to retail. I will not be performing the lyrics that contain that reference live and have removed them from my catalogue…

“I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy. As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.

Best, Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. Lil Wayne (Statement)