As a college intern at Def Jam Records, Julian K. Petty saw firsthand how poorly artists were represented, and he vowed that someday, he'd do something about it. Fast-forward 20 years, and Petty now is a top entertainment lawyer who represents some of the biggest names in rap and hip-hop music, including Childish Gambino, A Tribe Called Quest and the estate of the Notorious B.I.G. As head of Nixon Peabody's entertainment law practice, the Los Angeles-based partner specializes in crafting cross-disciplinary deals that maximize ownership interests and business opportunities that can range from nontraditional record deals and reality shows to concert promotions and clothing lines.
I don't think there's a slight bit of hyperbole or exaggeration involved when I say that Hamilton, the awful musical that millionaire New Yorkers are required by law to throw away thousands watching, represents everything that was wrong with America in 2016. Allow me to make the case.
New Year's resolutions are supposed to be all about leaving the past 365 days behind and looking forward to a brighter future. Longtime EPMD DJ/collaborator DJ Scratch did just that to ring in 2017, but not before dousing Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith with gallons of ether over what he says was shady business.
When you think about Hip-Hop, what do you think about? The MC? The DJ? Original content? Killer Mike and El-P bring it all home and then some on their third Run The Jewels album. RTJ3 offers nearly everything one could never hope to love about Hip-Hop.