Love, Hip-Hop, And Entrepreneurship: Yandy And Rich Dollaz Talk New Record Label
Besides a lot of drama, the series “Love and Hip-Hop New York” has also spawned a pair of entrepreneurs–Yandy Smith and Rich Dollaz. The two decided to start their own label, Lenox Ave Records, and are embarking on a nationwide tour to scout for new talent, reports Vibe Vixen.
According to Smith, they make perfect business partners. “Rich may be many things, but one thing he is great at is finding talent and cultivating that talent,” she tells Vixen. “He can take someone who can’t sing and make a great record and that alone was enough for me to see OK I want to be in business with him, and I’m really good at connecting the dots, and I have a lot of relationships in this business.”
And she is confident they will be taken seriously. She told Vibe Vixen, “I can walk in to pretty much [any] record label and be respected as a player in the game, so I felt with my behind-the-scenes [knowledge] and Rich’s forefront with the music, that was a great combination.”
Though both partner’s success has been well documented, Rich was upfront about having missed missed out on a few big names and opportunities. “I actually had the opportunity to sit with Rich Homie Quan about three years ago, and it never really panned out, and now I turn on the radio and the kid’s everywhere getting 25 grand a night so yea I think I missed out on that.”
Smith, herself, has memories of an unsigned Justin Beiber. “Let me tell you who came in me and Mona’s office — he was a little boy with his mom and Scooter Braun — Justin Beiber. Before he got the records, before he put out a song, he was a YouTube sensation. He came into our office, Mona to this day swears up and down he was not looking for a manager…but I really believe he came over because he wanted us to manage him and we just dropped the ball on it. Imagine if I managed Justin Beiber right now, you know what my life would be?”
Smith, who also has a clothing line called YS by Simply Intricate, says the upcoming season of “Love and Hip-Hop New York” will show what her real life is like now, balancing life as a single mom and a career woman. It will also show the great things she and Rich have in the works.
“Rich and I are getting ready to go on a national tour, trying to find talent for our label, and we’re looking for the full package,” she said.
Dollaz added, “The new label, I started a modeling agency as well, its gonna be some ups and downs, some plate throwing, some arguments, some glasses throwing, you know the regular Richie Dollaz s**t. I’m a little bit cleaner this year, I’m not as bad as last year.”