The venture capitalist Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures announced earlier this week that Chamillionaire will be "moving to LA for a while and working in our offices and developing his ideas" as an "entrepreneur in residence." Suster wrote online that he first met the rapper "at a tech conference in LA.I saw him on stage at the event talking about how he used social media to engage audiences.But she’s always found brilliant ways to out-sass them but her most recent burn has to be the best.Addressing a Twitter user, who claimed Glasgow MP Natalie Mc Garry shouldn’t apologise to Rowling over a previous online spat, she turned to the lyrics of rapper Chamillionaire.1 single "Ridin,'" a muscular celebration of eluding the police that was simultaneously gleeful and menacing.The Houston MC had been rapping for years -- he sold mixtapes out of his trunk and released a collaborative album with Paul Wall in 2002.This was 2009 and his understanding of audience engagement was far beyond anything I was hearing from most people at that time."The two "started hanging out a bit and discussing technology and entrepreneurship." One thing led to another, and soon they were "making some small co-investments." In 2010, Suster penned an article titled "What Tech Entrepreneurs Could Learn from Chamillionaire," and now everyone at Upfront Ventures will be able to benefit from Chamillionaire's wisdom.The one sad part of this story: will the rapper have any time to make music?
Drake once sang that he wants to be making music forever.
This is exactly the path that Chamillionaire has taken. Unlike Juelz, though, Chamillionaire has immersed himself into the entrepreneurial field.
When I wrote about how Juelz Santana wasted his potential, someone in the comments felt that Chamillionaire deserved a similar piece. Chamillionaire took off hard in the mixtape circuit. He also only has two albums with the last one dating back to 2007. Back in 2003, he co-founded Fly Rydes, an automotive company that “designs, rents, and sells cars to corporations and high net worth individuals.” Since car culture was big in Houston, the decision worked out well.
Having a run is looked at as an accomplishment, but staying in a run is an idea that only a few can achieve.
Names like Jay Z, Raekwon, Too Short, and even Eminem continue to thrive in musically.