American businessman and hip-hop producer J. Prince. Prince has amassed most of his fortune as the CEO of Rap-a-Lot Records in Houston. Twenty years have been devoted to boosting Houston’s rap scene, and rap artists are now promoting poor neighborhoods and communities.
Early Life of Prince
James L. Smith, often known as J. Prince, was born on October 31, 1965. His mother Sharon Johnson was only sixteen when she gave birth to him, and she already had Prince’s one-year-old daughter Zenia at the time. The family resided in the Coke Apartments, often known as “the Bloody Nickel,” in Houston’s Fifth Ward. Prince participated in football at Kashmere High School and performed odd jobs such as mowing lawns and welding trucks.
One day, Prince’s older sister Zenia was tragically struck and killed by a train while going home from junior high school. Prince went on to graduate from Kashmere High and was promptly hired by the Fault Department of Colonial Savings and Loan. Two years later, he was laid off and began restoring and selling bucket cars as a profession.
He eventually founded Smith Auto Sales and entered the industry of selling exotic automobiles. His primary clientele consisted primarily of wealthy athletes. At age 21, J. Prince had accumulated over $100,000 in savings. By the age of 23, he had purchased a 30-acre ranch for himself and a home for his mother.
In 1986, Prince founded the Houston hip hop record label Rap-a-Lot. Initially, he established his business on the second floor of his auto shop. The primary reason he started the record company was to give his younger brother something to do to keep him out of trouble on the streets.
The organization is also known under the sublabel Smoke-a-Lot Records. In 1988, he relocated the label to New York City and began monitoring his famous pals, Def Jam executives Russel Simmons and Lyor Cohen. Geto Boys, the most popular group from Rap-a-lot, put the South on the hip-hop map. In 1989, he discovered the rapper Scarface and Willie D, and his label released “Grip It! On That Other Level.”
That same year, the federal government investigated Rap-a-Lot. When no illegal activity was discovered, the lawsuit was dismissed. It has maintained its success and concentrated on gangsta and southern rap since then.
It was distributed by EMI’s Priority Records (1991–1994) and Virgin Records (1994–2000). Throughout the 2000s, it was distributed by Asylum Records of WEA. Notorious B.I.G. made reference to it in “Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)” when he remarked, “I’m not from Houston, but I Rap-a-Lot.”
At the end of “What a Job,” a song by Devin the Dude that features Snoop Dogg, Snoop says, “J. Prince, Jas Prince, Rap-a-Lot, still on top, 2007.” Jay Prince, who is J’s son, has a record label called Southern Empire Entertainment that is sold by Rap-a-Lot. Drake, a Young Money/Ca$h Money/Universal Records artist, was also found by Jas Prince.
Drake has a management contract with Rap-a-Lot. He put Drake in touch with rapper Lil Wayne, which helped him get signed to Young Money in 2009. “The Art & Science of Respect: A Memoir,” J. Prince’s autobiography, came out in 2018.
Prince’s Net Worth
J Prince is a well-known businessman in the United States who has made $35 million over the course of his career. As the Chief Executive Officer of Houston’s Rap-a-Lot Records, J Prince has made a big difference in his own wealth.
J. Prince is the father to seven grown children. He still owns his ranch in Houston, which brings in an income of $200,000 a year from the Angus cattle he raises. J. Prince also owns an island off the coast of Belize.