Day 64 started with an inspiring and uplifting text from one artistic brother to another, my man Hiram, definitely one of the best around. Peace bro. What a gorgeous day it is indeed. Another gorgeous day to possibly get it right this time. So, to all of my friends, family and artists, may you FIND what you’re looking for.

Today, I found a little tidbit of info regarding how some artists (musicians) are still thriving in a non-thriving market, and in this list, lets see where rappers are placing, because as of right now, U2 is eating ALL the bread. Billboard has a Top 40 Money Makers list that was just published, listing the revenue generated from ALL streams including physical sales, downloads, publishing etc, but the most successful artist all have one thing in common..”TOURING.” If you aren’t touring with a dedicated fanbase, its back to peanut butter and jelly “sammiches.”

U2 tops the list at the NUMBER ONE SPOTTTT!!! (echo here)…with $108m. The number 2, or the “first loser,” a losing spot I wouldn’t mind sitting in, considering that “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen rounded up $57m. Rounding out the top 5 were Madonna, AC/DC and Britney Spears at #5 with $38m. As I rolled down the list approaching the 10’s, 20’s and then the 30’s, there were NO RAPPERS!…LOL. Slowly scrolling from 35…34….33…32…31 to…..(BLING)

Lil Wayne is at #30 with $12 M’s, right behind Tina Turner with $13m. Who would have thought many years ago at Tina’s peak, that a rapper would soon be earning as much as her.
Well, what’s even more odd, is that Wayne is the ONLY rapper that made the list!…WOW!!


About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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