Those old enough to remember call him the Godfather of Rap. He was the King of New York when hustlers wore sharkskin suits. He was the Jay-Z of the 70s. Now he’s kissing 60-years-old and can still rock a party. There’s no million dollar check waiting for him or royalty money from a hit single. Those days have passed. Now, it’s about the love he’s always had playing music.
But don’t get it twisted: in his heyday, he made money. More than any other rapper in his era. And this was before records. Not Herc, nor Bam, or Flash, or Starsky were making $500 a show back then.