Thursday, September 29, 2005
Hip Hop Self-Help: Kevin Liles Goes Guru on Yo A@#
Kevin Liles, the executive vice president of the Warner Music Group and one of the most powerful African-Americans in the record business, is not dropping another record, is not starting a line of butt-hugging clothing, is not going to jail...The brother has just dropped some knowledge for all y'all who need to learn a thing or two about making it in business and life with his new book Make It Happen: The Hip-Hop Generation Guide to Success. Brother Liles, who rose through the ranks to become a mover and shaker in the music business "hopes to show readers that there are more routes to success than a record contract" according to Alex Williams, whose Sept 28 article in the Internation Herald Tribune Life lessons offered by a hip-hop success profiles the music business mogul. I'm not sure how I feel about the appearence of hip-hop self help: perhaps it means that hip hop has become so universal that it has its own brand of self-help and perhaps even spirituality; or there are so many of us struggling to make it everyday that brother Liles has taken pity on us and dropped a little of the knowledge that has served him so well in his rise to the top. Either way, its enough to celebrate a brother who done well and in his own way is putting a little back in the communal till. Right on Kevin. So, get the book, READ IT, and maybe you too can go from "intern to president" like brother Kevin.