Dame Dash: Gotta Respect His Hustle!

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A native of Harlem, USA, Dame Dash was an early pioneer of marketing and branding; in terms of hip hop. Enter Roc-A-Fella, alongside rapper/businessman Jay-Z and business partner Kareem Burke, the ultimate tri-fecta!

Even after the dissolution of hip hop’s premier clique, Dash still represents the true essence of what it means to hustle. Dame Dash has faced numerous setbacks during his professional career as well as personal life. From broken marriages to losing his love, Aaliyah; these experiences would have crushed the average man. Dame’s “never quit” mentally is prevalent in virtually every word he speaks, which certainly needs to be emulated by others. Not too many in his industry have such a high level of perseverance and focus. Even with the legal issues he has faced, D. Dash manages to come out on top or at the least break even.

Dame Dash is an experienced director, actor, film producer, writer, record executive, media proprietor and entrepreneur. This is quite a number of accomplishments for one person. When not spending quality time with loved ones, Dame Dash is consistently building and maintaining his various brands. Dash founded DD172, a media collective which encompasses: America Nu, a magazine; VNGRD79, a web design firm; BluRoc Records, a record label division. It also includes an art gallery. He curates a visual streaming platform, similar to the likes of Netflix, through his Dame Dash Studios imprint. Dash offers quality products and services for sale from his Poppington brand site.

Whatever you do don’t count this man out or doubt his drive or ambition. Dame Dash is sure to show you that he doesn’t just talk-the-talk but he can walk-the-walk.

Here are some important links:

https://www.damedashstudios.com/

https://www.poppington.com/

http://www.dd172newyork.com/

http://duskowineandspirits.com/

The T-Shirt Biz: Where Did I Go Wrong?

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At an early age, when I was first able to pick up a pencil, I became fascinated with drawing. During my teen years, I wanted to be a comic book artist but unfortunately fate had a different plan in mind.

There were real life experiences that forever altered the path to my original dreams. These life occurrences previously mentioned consisted of bad relationships, health issues, as well as insurmountable debt; among other things. I still kept determination and perseverance on my mind to get me to the next level.

In the earlier part of my adult years, while attending college on Staten Island, I became inspired by a hip hop group to get involved with fashion. With me being more in control of my destiny, I decided to pursue my interest in clothing primarily printed t-shirts. At the beginning, I had a business partner with whom I formed a clothing label other than the one I have now. We eventually parted ways due to some creative differences.

Fast forward years later, I made my first attempt to strike out on my own with another fashion label. It never worked due to a lackluster name. Then came my solo project number two which ended up being the next miss. That didn’t stop me from creating until finally I came across a name I could get behind.

I had an epiphany…”Rhorie Drey Brand”. It flowed so perfectly and there was such a positively proud air about it. That lead me to add “Strength – Leadership – Focus”  as a tagline to promote self-empowerment. Through all the adversity I’ve faced I knew my new brand had to convey a positive message to inspire others.

There are many lessons I learned throughout the entire process of building a brand and being an entrepreneur. With whatever business you plan to start, make sure you do some homework on the subject matter. This is key and instrumental in making the journey to success move much more smoothly. Come up with a strategy from start to finish of how you plan to build your brand. It’s important to also have an endgame whether you plan to license your business or sell it outright. Insure you trademark, copyright or patent your idea to prevent thieves from jacking your vision.

Here are some starter links to help you on your way:

https://www.sba.gov/

https://www.trademarkengine.com/

https://www.angelinvestmentnetwork.us/entrepreneurs-home

https://www.legalzoom.com/

https://www.customink.com/

https://www.copyright.gov/

http://www.ooshirts.com/

 

The RHORIE DREY HEF radio show only on the Stationhead app!!!

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#RDFB Top 5 Fashion Forward Rappers “Ladies 1st” Version 1.0

Now it’s the ladies time to shine, we review women of the Hip Hop world, who are making a big splash in the fashion world also. Check out our picks as we count down from #5 to #1!

 

5. Lauryn Hill

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4. Light Skin Keisha

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3. Meg thee Stallion

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2. Cardi B

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1. Nicki Minaj

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…And, YES, these are our choices for Fashion Forward Female Rappers! Stay tuned for the NEXT wave!>>> Click on images to visit their individual Wikipedia pages!

Pure Audio Greatness: Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap (The Album)

“I’m not gonna portray someone who acts like he’s been down with his music since Day One but I do recognize that I was definitely sleeping on Nipsey Hussle’s rap skills.”

~ @dre_from_jerz

#RDFB gives props to a legend in his own right and he was also an inspirational community leader, Nipsey Hussle! Now, it wasn’t Nipsey’s foray into the hip hop world that first caught my attention. Rather, he had a really interesting, classic interview earlier on in his career in which Hussle discussed owning property. Many rappers at the time, and even now, would say they want the money, cars and women instead of a house or stocks. Nipsey Hussle was truly ahead of his time when it came to rhyming and entrepreneurship. Which brings me to his first major studio release, Victory Lap, released on February 16, 2018 through All Money In No Money Out and Atlantic Records. From start to finish, the album exuded Nipsey Hussle’s persona and that was a good thing. The pure audio greatness which came be, Victory Lap, brought you closer to who Nipsey was as a person and someone who deserves recognition. Bottom line is Nipsey Hussle’s premiere industry opus should be listed with the greats such as The Notorious B.I.G. and the emphatic Tupac Shakur. Make sure you include Victory Lap as a part of your music collection!

Just sayin’…

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#RDFB Top 5 Fashion Forward Rappers The 4th Edition

Here in the 4th installment, we review a who’s who of the Hip Hop world, who is making a giant splash in the fashion world also. Check out our picks as we count down from #5 to #1!

 

5. Drake

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4. Maino

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3. Nasir Jones

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2. NAV

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1. O.T. Genasis

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…And, YES, these are our choices for Fashion Forward Rappers! Stay tuned for the NEXT wave!>>> Click on images to visit their individual Wikipedia pages!

R&B Singers & Rappers Wanted for NEW Compilation!

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Do you rap…or can you actually sing??? Well, we are looking for true masters of their craft to submit original compositions to help promote our brand. Enter…”Rhorie Drey H.E.F. brings you Dressed to Chill: The Fashion Soundtrack Part 2” which is a mixtape/compilation. This will not only promote our clothing line but the artist themselves as well.

The Original Dressed to Chill” was just a short offering of musically-inclined local talent. This time around, we want to take things up a notch with our next effort. Fresh acts over awesome beats…so what are you waiting for? Here is your time to shine, youngin!

Hit the Contact Us link to find out more…

An Open Letter to Mr. Kanye West

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Dear Mr. West,

I truly hope you take the time out to actually read this. Much respect to you and what you’ve contributed musically and to hip hop as a whole.

Yes, I am an admirer of your talents and a fan of your production work. I’ve always said to myself, “If I ever were to produce beats I’d want to be like Kanye!”

Although I don’t know you personally, I’ve picked up on the fact that things seem to be a little “off” with you over the past few years. Maybe it’s the emotional as well as pivotal lose of your mother (R.I.P. Dr. Donda West) or it could be another underlying issue that we don’t know about. This concerns me because no one in your camp appears to be addressing this fact or even trying to help you stay grounded.

When you spoke at the White House to our current President, that showed courage and bravery to reach out on a platform at a time in which no one else was willing to do so. Please don’t misunderstand, I don’t agree with all of the stances our present leadership is taking but what you did was inspiring. My only comment being that your words and thoughts could have been a little more focused and articulated.

As an individual who coincidentally is trying his hand in fashion as well, I hear and understand your viewpoint in regards to acceptance from the fashion world. How I see it though, you possess so much power and potential to stand alone; you can make your own mark on the industry. You do not need to get the green light from them because Kanye West is a brand unto itself.

May this open letter meet you in good spirits! God bless you and your family.

Sincerely,

Anonymous