The music industry isn’t known for its fairness when it comes to artist’s rights. Bad contracts, and flat out lies have been told to get artists into deals that rob them of their livelihoods and in many cases their futures.

J Nolan will be joining us for this interesting conversation about the long winding road of predatory hip-hop contracts.

J Nolan Bio:

J Nolan is an independent Hip-Hop artist, songwriter, and music entrepreneur raised in the Atlanta area. His songs have been featured in NBA 2K22, Kevin Hart’s “Zero F’s Given,” Lizzo’s “Watch Out For The Big Grrrls”, “Little Fires Everywhere” on Hulu, XFINITY’s “Black Experience” Channel, The CW’s “All American,” and many more. He’s also been highlighted by the legendary NYC radio station Hot 97 in their Top Shelf Freestyle series, debuted his 2021 single “Lanta Sht” on Sway in The Morning, in addition to making a guest appearance in Patreon’s “Pursuing Music Without Permission” campaign advertisement.

In 2021, J Nolan self-published a 2 part book series titled The Pen Game Portfolio which are guides helping independent music creators to track their royalties and monetize their music in non-traditional formats such as TV/Film, creating custom songs for small business and content creators, and much more. Moving further into the music education field, J Nolan recently began taking speaking engagements in youth summer camps, festivals, and colleges. His goal is to help build a stronger, more informed economy for independent music creators to thrive in.



01:21 Welcome to the show

03:22 Recap of Saint Smith's Water To Wine Gospel Day Party

06:31 Recap of the Black Podcasters Association Summer Social

09:08 MTV Video Music Awards

12:00 What are our favorite MTV VMA performances from the past?

15:32 Barbs, are y'all ok? The problem with "Stan culture"

18:46 J Nolan's Bio

25:31 How did J Nolan become an MC?

29:13 When did J Nolan become an advocate for artists like himself?

33:38 Time's when J Nolan experienced the dark side of the music business.

38:08 J Nolan discusses a time when his former manager attempted to get $6K to let him out of his contract.

41:00 How J Nolan's "The Pen Game Portfolio" helped Queue Points streamline our process.

43:02 What does J Nolan hope folks get from "The Pen Game Portfolio"

46:10 Topic: Is it music or multi-level marketing?

46:45 Fivio Foreign Clip

47:41 DJ Sir Daniel's theory about how rappers get into this situation.

50:26 The predatory nature of rap contracts.

52:33 Artists having access to attorney's is a very important thing.

56:54 The FN Meka situation

01:03:21 Solution for artists to not get swindled by the music business.

01:04:45 Allowing hip-hop to mature instead of being perpetually "youth culture"

01:09:43 What's J Nolan's take on "sample snitching"

Content Mentioned In This Episode

Black Podcaster’s Association:

J Nolan “Legal Hustle”:

J Nolan “Price of Admission”:

“The Pen Game Portfolio: Volume 2”:

“Fivio Foreign Claims He Got $5,000 Advance From Deal With Mase”:

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