Houston Hip-Hoppers Are Living Large

"Chamillionaire" and other Texas-based rappers are making it big both inside and outside the music biz

His single Ridin' just received two nominations for the 2007 Grammy Awards, has sold over 3 million ringtones, and merited a parody by Weird Al Yankovic. His latest album The Sound of Revenge went platinum-plus. But is Hakeem "Chamillionaire" Seriki focusing solely on music? No. Like Russell Simmons (see BusinessWeek.com, 10/3/03, "The CEO of Hip-Hop"), Master P, and Jay-Z, Chamillionaire has the mindset and the business acumen of a serial entrepreneur.

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