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How I Came To Be Called “Butt Manager.” For Real.

October 25th, 2012 by Dan Charnas
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Come have a laugh at my expense tonight: I’ll be telling my personal stories from the “Baby Got Back” era tonight at The Soundtrack Series (alongside luminaries like Maura Johnston and Sasha Frere-Jones) at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge (The Red Fish, for you Freedom Fries folks), 158 Bleecker Street in money makin’ Manhattan.

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PICTURED: The “Butt Balloon” makes its street debut in San Francisco, February 1992; and it’s Hollywood debut in the movie “Falling Down” with Michael Douglas.

SxSW 2012 With Steve Stoute And Soul Train

March 14th, 2012 by Dan Charnas
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On Friday, I’ll be heading to SxSW in Austin, Texas for two panels.

Saturday at 11a, Steve Stoute and I will be having a conversation about America’s multiracial future.

And a few hours later, at 1:30p, myself and Tony Cornelius — son of the legendary Don Cornelius — will celebrate the legacy of Soul Train with some moving and incredible clips from the show’s 35 year history.

See you there. Hit me up at @dancharnas on the Twitters. And read a bit of my interview with Chase Hoffberger in the Austin Chronicle here:

“Don’t say multicultural,” Russell Simmons once told journalist Dan Charnas. “Say multiracial. It’s one culture.”

Simmons is partially responsible for the latter point being more true today than it’s ever been. As the founder of pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam Recordings, he played an integral role in black music crossing over into mainstream culture. Think the Beastie Boys, Run-DMC remixing Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” or LL Cool J’s premiere on MTV.

Dan Charnas reported on all of it for The Source, the first major-market magazine to exclusively cover hip-hop. Last year, he published the mind-bendingly detailed The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop, a 672-page analysis of every rap deal that made America the colorful society it is today. He knows a thing or two about the power of the crossover.

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Def Jam: The First 25 Years Of The Last Great Record Label

October 13th, 2011 by Dan Charnas
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The new book that I co-authored with Bill Adler and Cey Adams — Def Jam: The First 25 Years Of The Last Great Record Label (Rizzoli) — is out this week. (Click HERE to buy the book.) So much more than a “coffee table” book, it’s a comprehensive oral history of the label. The book is being feted around New York in the coming week.

Tomorrow night, Paul Holdengraber will host a conversation at the New York Public Library with Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons (the first time, I believe that those two have ever appeared together in public for such a discussion). The event, as of now, is sold out.

Then, on Monday, Bill, Cey and I will have a considerably more low-key discussion at NYU — fitting in that Def Jam actually started there.

Hope to see you at one of these events!

Sylvia Robinson (1936-2011)

September 29th, 2011 by Dan Charnas
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Sylvia Robinson in High School (Dan Charnas, The Big Payback)Sylvia Vanderpool Robinson — the woman who produced the first commercially successful hip-hop record and perhaps the first female record producer in history — died this morning of heart failure. She was 75. (I know that some accounts have her birthday in 1938, not 1936, but from family accounts I believe the earlier date is true).

I covered Sylvia’s life extensively in The Big Payback, and I will likely have some more thoguhts to share on this occasion shortly. But until then, here are some vital links:

Sylvia Robinson information page on this site

Sugar Hill information page on this site

Sylvia Robinson wikipedia page

Earliest account of Sylvia Robinson’s death

Mark Anthony Neal’s remembrance

Why Eminem Isn’t Elvis

September 6th, 2011 by Dan Charnas
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(Written for HuffingtonPost Black Voices)

In July, RollingStone.com commissioned Village Voice pop music columnist Chris Molanphy to craft a feature called “Introducing the King of Hip-Hop.”

The request came after the success of Molanphy’s previous post for the website, “Introducing the Queen of Pop” — in which Molanphy measured female music artists’ commercial performance in nine different ways and tallied the results. “Queen of Pop” crowned Lady Gaga, garnered 2000 Facebook “Likes” and engendered hundreds of comments-worth of bile from livid fans of Madonna and Brittany Spears.

For “King of Hip-Hop,” Molanphy consolidated his nine parameters into just seven — album sales, album reviews, chart position, touring, social media, YouTube hits, and awards — and tweaked his spreadsheet a bit, weighing album sales, chart position, and YouTube heavier, and giving less weight to social networking and reviews. Fatefully, Molanphy reprised the “Queen of Pop” survey’s irregular time period, a two-and-a-half year span between the beginning of 2009 and mid-2011, so that the data sample would be big enough. All Molanphy had to do was collect the data and crunch the numbers.

Not long after he started entering the figures, Molanphy stopped by Woodwork, a bar near his home in Brooklyn, to meet up with some friends. They asked him how his project was going.

“It’s clear Eminem’s going to win this thing,” Molanphy told them.

Oh man, his friends said. You are gonna get hounded for the white guy taking the crown. Read the rest of this entry »

Dan Charnas In Vibe Magazine’s “Juice” Issue

August 22nd, 2011 by Dan Charnas
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Me upon hearing the news: “You guys have an issue about Jews? Nice!”

Many thanks to the good folks at Vibe for this inexplicable honor. One of those kinds of features that you read, but never imagine you’d be in.

Great to share a page with dream hampton for the first time since our days at The Source in the 1990s.  And I look almost as tall as Derrick Rose. Weird to be in the same spread with luminaries like Kasim Reid, comedians like Kevin Hart, and true heroes like Wael Ghonim.

It was definitely reward enough to be able to tell the story I told in The Big Payback. This is a really sweet supplement.

Click here to see the page, full size.

Click here for more information about the issue on Vibe.com

Dan On CNN, Discussing Common And Conservatives

May 18th, 2011 by Dan Charnas
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There’s a first time for everything.

The rapper Common — still smelling of Gap clothing and Erykah Badu’s incense — called “vile,” “misogynist,” and “violent.”

The writer Dan Charnas called to talk about it on CNN.

Kinda cool.

Spotted Reading “The Big Payback”…

May 6th, 2011 by Dan Charnas
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I told my wife last year that I wouldn’t feel truly fulfilled as a first-time author until I saw a random person on the train reading my book.

Last night, it happened.

Her name is Ephrat, she’s a dancer (and a b-girl at that), and she actually got the book from a friend of mine, MiRi Park. Read the rest of this entry »

Going Going, Back Back To Cali, Cali, Cali

April 28th, 2011 by Dan Charnas
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Dan Charnas at SxSW with Rob Stone and Elliott WIlson

Dan Charnas, author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop, will be appearing this Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books alongside renowned music scribes Fred Goodman, Simon Reynolds and Randall Roberts on a panel entitled “In Flux: The Music Biz.” Read the rest of this entry »

Why Hip-Hop Artists Make Such Good Marketers

January 19th, 2011 by Dan Charnas
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Many props to Al Lindstrom for the opportunity to discuss the book on his dynamic, informative site. Read the rest of this entry »

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