Platinum Nigerian American rapper Chamillionaire, who has made news in recent times for his frequent attendance at Tech conferences, has recently challenged other rappers and music artistes to embrace new technology. His statement at Tech Crunch's Disrupt conference, criticized the absence of rappers at these types of events. (continues below... )
According to the rapper, he goes to tech conferences to see where the music and tech market is going. According to him: "There's a whole audience of people that are influencers that people aren't seeing here".
"If my ship is about to sink, I need my lifeline ahead of time," he says. "The artists, they don't know."
"The biggest tech thing rappers know is Napster".
Hakeem Seriki, better known by his stage name Chamillionaire, is CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment. He began his career independently with local releases in 2002, including collaboration album "Get Ya Mind Correct" with fellow Houston rapper Paul Wall. He signed to Universal Records in 2005 where he released "The Sound of Revenge" which included hit singles "Turn It Up" and the number-one, Grammy-winning hit "Ridin'".
His second album "Ultimate Victory" followed in 2007.
Chamillionaire is currently preparing for his third major studio album release, "Venom".