Black Music Month: Meet The Most Powerful People In The Music Industry Today

- By Bossip Staff
1 of 11

The 10 Most Powerful People In Music

In honor of Black Music month, BOSSIP and Metro PCS want to highlight some of the heaviest hitters in the music industry. Whether it’s because of money or influence, these 10 people’s names carry them further than high credit scores. Anything they want, they could literally achieve. And of course, they’ve worked hard to achieve their level of success, nothing is ever handed to us!

Hit the flip to see our list of the 10 most powerful names in the music industry today.


Getty Image


Jay-Z’s name is mentioned whenever people talk about living the american rap dream. He’s arguably the most successful rapper turned business man. Just ask his employees at Roc Nation and Tidal.


Bey can snap her fingers and get everyone into formation. Need we say more??


Kanye West

His name not only rings bells, but his Yeezy clothing line, floating-stage music tour and emoji app he launched with and for his wife raised brows and his bank account.


Dj Khaled

This is the only DJ building his stock up, one snap chat at a time. His energy helps him build relationships with everyone in the music industry, and that’s powerful.

Getty Image


Diddy has built not only a music empire, but he’s also built a monument with Ciroc and successfully ventured into his own television network, with Revolt.



Chance The Rapper

Chance pioneered the “free music” game. According to Billboard, he was the first person to top the Hot 100 with a ”free” album.

QUEENS, NY – OCTOBER 01: J. Cole performs during the 2016 The Meadows Music & Arts Festival at Citi Field on October 1, 2016 in Queens, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for The Meadows)


J Cole

J Cole is a no frills rapper, who went to college and tours 12 months a year. His influence over fans and peers in music is boundless. He also has his own label and artists, Dreamville. Not bad for someone who started with a dollar and a dream.


Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar has reached a level of influence by being consistently thoughtful and creative in his musical approached. Anything he does, is done diligently. Fans and peers in the music industry have a fond respect for him.

Harper’s Bazaar Celebrates 150 Most Fashionable Women held at the Sunset Tower Hotel – Arrivals
Featuring: Nas
Where: Los Angeles, California, United States
When: 28 Jan 2017
Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/


Yes, Nas. Nasir Jones has his own music label called Mass Appeal records, where he’s responsible for artists and actors like Dave East. He also has investments in companies like Lyft, Dropbox, Coinbase and Tradesy. Quietl, getting his coins and still honored and respected by many.

INDIO, CA – APRIL 23: Recording artist Dr. Dre performs onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 2 at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Dr. Dre

After building two successful music labels, The Doc turned his headphone company into a billion dollar venture. There lies the power of Dr. Dre.

More Stories From Bossip


blog comments powered by Disqus