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Empire Does Exist In Real Life
Spyder D & His Mother's Financing Created A Family Owned Record Label Long Before Hit TV Show
Duane Hughes, professionally known as "Spyder D", a second generation Hip Hop pioneer, recalls the early days of he and his college buddy Tito Lewis taking a crash course in "Music Business 101", and says he can definitely see the parallel between the early days of Lucius and Cookie Lyons early days of struggle.
"I can definitely relate to the early days of their struggle. It is the urban plight. Even of those that aren't in the business. People don't strive to be criminals, but sometimes you might have to stray outside the law to get some of your most basic needs. There were times I had to do a little "extra curricular activities" just to eat, much less get to the next level. The overlying theme that I think people are missing out on with the TV show however, is the family part.
Regardless of how dysfunctional that family may seem, they come together and have each other's back when push comes to shove", continued Spyder D.
"All the glitz and glam and financial enrichment can be attained too. It's a matter of how much one can endure before the financial rewards come in, and what you do with those rewards when they do come in. Of course everyone is not going to build an empire, but don't let anyone tell you you can't", Spyder D states.
In the early eighties, Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons dubbed Spyder D and then fiancé Sparky D, the "Ashford & Simpson" of rap as they both were charting on Billboard's early Hip Hop charts. A sort of early version of Lucius and Cookie Lyon.
Today, Spyder D is in the midst of a renaissance with the label he created all those years ago with his Mother's funding. He has released his own double volume album, Spyder D's Greatest Skits, while taking two of his offspring, (with Sparky D), Special and Dominique into record their own new singles to be released under the Newtroit Records banner.
Newtroit Records is now distributed through Rainy Songs Entertainment.
The label will be releasing two new products on April 7th (x-apple-data-
Also being released next week on Newtroit is a touching tribute song to his Brooklyn, NY friend, Kingdome who tragically passed away right after the NBA All Star weekend.
"Kingdome loved basketball as much as anyone and he loved the Knicks. I was heartbroken when he passed because I didn't get to New York All Star weekend because I had to finish shooting a video", recalls Spyder.
"As much as he loved the NBA, he loved his family even more which is why I am donating all sales of the single "Who Do I Turn To" to his wife Sandy and their children. Kingdome has the largest Facebook NBA Group, almost 65,000 strong. "If each member of the group downloads the song at $.99, that alone will be a big help to the family, says Spyder D.
"We may not have the astronomical wealth that's portrayed on TV's "Empire", but our family ties and bonds are as strong as any in Hip Hop. At this point, it's about family, mine and Kingdome's", finished Spyder.