Archive | Hip Hop RSS feed for this section

Why Should Rappers Have All the Fun?

25 Jul

So, you guys already know that I work as a financial advisor to professional athletes and entertainers.  I really enjoy what I do, but sometimes, it has unintended consequences.

I speak to lots of kids, and when they find out what I do, all of their concern and attention shifts to “Wow, how much money does [that celebrity] make?” or “What kind of car do they drive?” or “I bet [that celebrity] has a HUGE crib, right?” Now, all of those things are valid questions, especially given that TV has conditioned us to be enamored with the “lifestyles of the rich and famous.” But, focusing on the lives of prominent athletes and entertainers can give our kids an incomplete perception of what success really looks like.  Even worse, it may lead them to believe that if they can’t rap, act, sing, dance, or shoot a basketball, then they may not be able to live the type of life that they desperately want to live.

I mean, these kids can’t really think that “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta”, “UnReal Housewives of Blah Blah Blah” or “Kim and Kourtney Take Acting Lessons” really tells the entire story…do they???

That’s when I had my epiphany.  I realized that as a financial advisor, I have also come into contact with, and have as clients, a plethora of doctors, lawyers, accountants, architects, business people and entrepreneurs that are living fabulous lives.  In fact, many of these individuals live lives that are far more enriching than a number of these celebrities, because of the fact that, due to their inability to manage their money, the average celebrity’s “high life” is short lived.  However, the stories of these wildly successful “non-celebrities” has largely gone untold…until now.

Enter “The Best Kept Secret.”  I’ve developed this online show to expose viewers to individuals that have become very successful in fields other than sports and entertainment.  And I mean REAL success.  Not the sort of “I’m on a reality show, so I will make it look like I’m rich, but my home is getting foreclosed on next week” type of (fake) success.  In the coming months, I’ll introduce you to and tell the stories of people that look like you, sound like you, came from where you came from and found a way to make it big.  I’ll also give you the blueprint so that you can do it to.

Check out the video above which sets the stage for why I decided to put this project together.  When you see the looks on the student’s faces, you’ll know why.  I’m also certain that you too, will enjoy learning how to get closer to living the life of your wildest dreams.

Because after all, why should rappers have all the fun?

Enjoyed this video? Let’s Connect!
WEBSITE: http://www.robwilson.tv
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/robwilsontv
TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/robwilsontv

P.S.

Do you know someone that should be featured on “The Best Kept Secret?” Email me at rob@robwilson.tv!

Special shoutout to @Emmai_Alaquiva, PNC Bank, the Heinz Endowments and Urban Pathways Charter School for getting this project off the ground!!!

#MoneyMonday – Put Your #YoungMoney Where Your Mouth Is

31 Oct

Some people talk a lot about giving back, others just put their money where their mouth is and do it.

Young Money recording artist, and great client of mine, TYGA, put together the TYGA R.O.A.R. (Reach Out And Represent) Initiative as a way for him to give back to the communities in the cities that he is visiting while performing on the Chris Brown F.A.M.E. Tour.

As part of the R.O.A.R. campaign, select students that were recommended by their teachers were honored with a photo op and certificate of Achievement signed by TYGA, tickets to the FAME Tour Concert, and a voucher for 35 FREE college applications!

Check out this video, courtesy of Hip Hop On Lock and directed by Emmai Alaquiva, documenting TYGA and his visit to Pittsburgh.

Are YOU putting your money where your mouth is?

The Tax Man Cometh! (again)

3 Jul

Swizz Beatz Owes $2.2 Million In Back Taxes

Seriously, I’m opening up an office in NY or ATL and I’ll make it my personal mission to make sure that these guys stay out of trouble like this (and out of the tabloids)!

According to reports, SB owes $2.2 million in back taxes to the state of NY.

What’s owed:

  • The IRS filed a $652,727 lien against Swizz Beatz, real name Kasseem Dean, on June 3 with the Rockland County (N.Y.) Clerk. According to the lien, which you can see here, he owes income taxes from 2008.
  • The state of New York filed a $162,300 tax warrant against Dean and his ex-wife Feb. 4, 2009, with the New York County Clerk.
  • The IRS filed a $556,986 lien against Dean and his ex-wife on Aug. 18, 2008, in Rockland County. They owe 2007 income taxes, according to this public record.
  • The IRS filed an $842,645 lien against Dean and his ex-wife March 4, 2008, with the Somerset County (N.J.) Clerk. According to this lien, they owe income taxes from 2006.
I’m thinking that Alicia might want this cleared up before the wedding.
Now, anyone know a good realtor in Buckhead?

Beyond the Bling part 2 – 50 takes you to (business) school

15 Sep

Whether you like his music or not, it’s hard to argue with Fiddy’s business decisions. I am VERY impressed with this interview. The producers could have straightened out his tie though!

Give Away 20 Cars??? That’s Ludacris!

7 Sep

Rapper Ludacris smiles as Ella Me Johnson reacts to being presented with keys to her car at Nissan South, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009 in Morrow, Ga.. Ludacris, The Ludacris Foundation and Nissan South partnered to give away 20 used vehicles to selected Metro Atlanta area residents as part of his LudaDay weekend. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)Luda Gives 20 Cars Away to Needy ATLiens

I’m sure that if Luda had stolen or wrecked his own car, the story would have been all over the news.  So why has the story about him giving 20 cars away to needy Atlanta residents flown under the radar?

Through his Ludacris Foundation, Chris partnered with a local dealership and gave away vehicles and free gas for 30 days to 20 people that wrote inspiring essays about their struggles to keep their jobs without reliable wheels.

It’s great to see Luda give back to the community since rappers are constantly criticized for what they do with their money.

I wonder if the winners will feel obligated to yell “MOVE B!#&H, GET OUT THE WAY!” while sitting in the awful Atlanta traffic???

Read the full story here.

Rob Wilson: Hip Hop’s Financial Advisor

17 Dec

BECKHAM MEDIA GOES ONE ON ONE WITH ROBERT WILSON FINANCIAL ADVISOR TO THE HIP HOP GENERATION

Robert WilsonHip Hop Generation — a term customarily applied to blacks born after the civil rights movement that has, in some cases, broadened to include anyone 18-35 who grew up on hip-hop music and culture.  President-Elect Barack Obama understood the significance of targeting this generation for their vote, and like Obama, Financial Advisor Robert Wilson is also focused on building his practice with the young hip hop entertainers, rappers, and athletes.

Internationally acclaimed financial expert Suze Orman may be recognized worldwide, but Robert Wilson is cleverly carving a niche in the financial industry by providing financial advice to the Hip Hoppers because he says they comfortably spend their money on 200 dollars sneakers, sporting their high priced bling-bling and other expensive items, but need help when it comes to being financially savvy. Wilson says he wants this generation to start building wealth and is advising many of his clients to start investing and saving.

Wilson also shares his thoughts about the current market conditions post election and strongly advises the public to not hide their money under the mattress because of the volatile market.

Beckham Media: Now that Obama has won the election, do you think there will be some stability in the markets?

Rob Wilson: The turmoil in the markets isn’t simply a function of who is in the oval office, so I think there will continue to be volatility in the markets for some time.The markets will be looking for some direction from the President-elect on how he intends to combat the problems in the economy and in the financial markets. Clarity on those points could provide some stability, but ultimately it will be the plans that have already been put in place in addition to any that the new administration might adopt that will hopefully strengthen the markets and the economy.

Continue reading