As an entertainment business entrepreneur, Paul Stewart has done it all. He’s started multiple companies. He’s worked in music, film, fashion, and now books. He’s had years with multiple mega-hits, and years where he just barely scraped by.
His story is about the struggle: Wake up everyday and hustle. Stay true to what you know. Connect with good people. Be generous. Never stop fighting.
Here are just a few of the gems that come out of our interview:
On the keys to his success - “I got down differently than other people. I thought the parties were important. Or maybe I understand the importance of things like that. I do some of my best networking running the streets at night and connecting with people.”
On the people running major record labels - “They are not creative people, so they hire uncreative people underneath them and its like, ego driven maniacs, nepotism and just unqualified.”
The problem with book publishers - “There is just so much institutionalized racism in regards to urban culture and hip hop and things like that. It’s just a lack of understanding of what people are interested in because they are not in touch with this world. Most of the people that are the decision makers have a total disconnect to urban culture. Basically just the wrong people making decisions.”
On the artists he’s worked with - The Pharcyde, House of Pain, Warren G., Coolio, Montel Jordan, Freestyle Fellowship, and so many more
And movies he music supervised - Poetic Justice, Dear White People, Barbershop, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers, Hustle and Flow we won the Oscar
Subjects featured in his books - Murder Dog Magazine, Pimp C, Curtis Snow, Kendrick Lamar, ASAP Rocky, Drake, Lil Wayne, Bobby Brown, Too Short, Iceberg Slim, E-40, Marcus Garvey, Bushwick Bill, Scott La Rock, Tupac, Eazy E, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, and many many more...
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