1. How A Road-To-Riches Lead Heems (of Das Racist) To Leave Wall Street.

    Hey, you ain’t got to be Jay-Z to make it inside the pages of Forbes magazine. Heems , one of the consistently freshest indie artists doing it today, gets spotlighted for his businessman/ business, man attributes.

    From Forbes :

    Three years ago, Himanshu Suri was a Wall Street worker with a hip-hop hobby. This July, he signed a six-figure advance with Sony/Megaforce for his fifth release in four years. As half of indie rap group Das Racist and head of record label/management company Greedhead Music, Suri wants to change the face of independent rap – and make some money in the meantime. He may not be a cash king yet, but he’s far from your typical independent rapper.

    “When I first left Wall Street, I knew I couldn’t just be a musician,” says Suri, 27, who studied economics at Wesleyan and spent two years in executive search on the Street, placing traders at firms like Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. “Part of Greedhead comes from me having this business part of my brain that I want to keep active. Just being in the group or being an artist wasn’t enough for me. The way I work, I still want to chase deals.”

    Read the whole story at Forbes
    (h/t UpNorthTrips)

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