The business of hip-hop has been steadily rising among artists in more recent years. The celebration of the music and culture has reaped benefits for just about everyone but the artists on the business end. Nowadays, as an artist, you have to take on a side hustle as even the most successful hip-hop artists have been known to go bankrupt or have contract issues with flawed agreements that by the time they recoup all money spent, they have none left for themselves.
Not so for hip-hop group The Lox. The trio has been blessing microphones since the ’90s and has seen, firsthand, the success of young Black entrepreneurs since their inception in the game. Having been a part of Bad Boy Records, Ruff Ryders, and now, Roc Nation, they’ve witnessed the hustles needed to garner success.
We’re spotlighting The Lox for their entrepreneurial spirit as each member has grown into running their own business. First up is David Styles, but you may know him better as Styles P. He opened up Farmacy For Life, with the distinction of being “Hip Hop’s First Health Food Store.”
BLACK ENTERPRISE spoke to Styles about balancing the roles of an artist and entrepreneur.
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