The Houston-based entrepreneur and hip-hop artist strives to constantly elevate, adapt, and grow through his music, his business ventures, and his relationships. These traits helped him become a mixtape phenomenon before he had a major recording contract. Chamillionaire has managed to become an Internet forerunner at a time when others have failed to capitalize on the Web's reach, a platinum plus selling artist during a time of sagging record sales, and a businessman who runs several successful companies.
It's a formula that enabled his platinum album, The Sound of Revenge to sell more than 1.5 million copies. His Houston based Fly Rydes car shop (which he co-owns with his business partner Ernest) designs, rents, and sells cars to corporations and high net worth individuals. He owns a tour bus company, and his emerging Chamillitary Entertainment label has a talented roster, including rappers Famous AKA Lil Ken and Yung Ro, and R&B act Tony Henry. He has also become a re...
For more than 20 years, filmmaker, music producer, and creative visionary QD3 has been producing hits and influencing culture.
QD3 was born in London and raised in Stockholm, Sweden where he got his start in Hip Hop by touring as a break-dancer. With many gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums and singles to his name, QD3's success spreads to Rap, R&B and Pop. In addition to his many hits with artists such as Tupac, Ice Cube, and L.L. Cool J, he has composed award-winning musical scores for film and TV projects such as Menace II Society, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Training Day.
In 1999, QD3 started a documentary production company, QD3 Entertainment, focused on chronicling the many dimensions of urban culture, garnering both commercial success and critical acclaim for titles such as the multi-platinum selling Tupac Shakur biopic, Thug Angel; the BEEF series; and most recently, the Lil' Wayne (Sundance) biopic, The Carter.
In June 2006,...
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Hip-hop artists Quincy Jones III and Chamillionaire discuss mastering the business side of the music industry. Keeping up with cutting-edge technologies, production logistics, and finding creative ways to gain direct audience contact are essential tactics for the self-produced artist in the digital age.