Nigerian American rapper Chamillionaire who for some years now has shown interest in technology, has recently put the money where his mouth... used to be. The award-winning, platinum-selling rap star has swapped rap vocals for a seat as newest entrepreneur-in-residence at angel investor Mark Suster's prestigious investment firm, Upfront Ventures. (continues below... )
In recent years, Chamillionaire has attended a lot of tech conferences, both as audience member and speaker . Breaking the news on his blog last week, Mark Suster said of the rapper: "Chamillionaire has a way more refined sense of what customer behavior is like than most Ivy League graduates with nice PowerPoint slides that I meet".
Unkown to most fans, Chamillionaire's interest in entrepreneurship and technology is over a decade long. In 2003, the rapper invested in a car dealership called FlyRydes, then his own recording label, a modeling firm, and a tour bus company.
Born Hakeem Seriki in 1979, Chamillionaire hit mainstream success with his first album, "The Sound of Revenge", which main track “Ridin’ Dirty“ reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and eventually sold four million copies worldwide. He has since released other albums including "Ultimate Victory" (2007) featuring Krayzie Bone, Lil Wayne, Slick Rick, "Venom" (2009, with "Creepin' (solo)", which featured Ludacris and hit #1 on the Billboard), as well as "Elevate" (2013).