Music and Boxing Industry Mogul James Prince Hosts Book Release Party in Houston
The event will be held from 7-10 pm on July 6, 2018 at Johnny Dang & Co., 6224 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77057
Style Magazine Newswire | 7/3/2018, 2:21 p.m.
HOUSTON (June 29, 2018) — The Houston community is invited to celebrate the release of “The Art and Science of Respect: A Memoir by James Prince.” The book chronicles the mogul’s success, celebrity stories, and sage advice honed through years of representing the nation’s most influential public figures. The book release party will take place on July 6th in Houston at jeweler to the stars Johnny Dang's $4.5 million venue featuring a Q&A with Prince, red carpet influencer arrivals, open bar, lite bites, and a book signing. Confirmed guests include iconic music artists such as Bun B, Trae tha Truth, Slim Thug, and Emmy nominated rapper Paul Wall, among others.
Prince became widely known as the founder and CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records and Prince Boxing. He was the driving force behind icons like Floyd Mayweather, The Geto Boys, recording artist Drake, and more, details his meteoric rise to fame as one of the first and most lucrative independent record executives to amass a string of hits on the Billboard charts as well as millions in profit along the way.
As boxing manager to the sport’s top talents, such as Andre Ward and previously Floyd Mayweather Jr., Prince, who has worked to promote the culture and art of Hip-Hop, is now working to promote underprivileged neighborhoods and communities. Houston Mayor Bill White and the City Council honored Prince for more than 20 years of commitment and dedication to the city. He was also honored alongside fellow industry heavyweights Master P, Jermaine Dupri, Timbaland, and Slick Rick at the VH1 7th annual Hip Hop Honors Awards for both his creative contributions and philanthropic ventures.
Multi-platinum musician Drake penned the book’s foreword, in which he praises Prince and acknowledges Rap-A-Lot’s historic achievements while highlighting Prince’s personal impact on his life. Drake and Prince also narrated the audiobook version of the memoir. The narrative reveals a gripping life story and account of running a cultural movement while being targeted by DEA agents, police officers, and politicians, with one disgruntled agent even attempting to take his life. The book serves as Prince’s testimony to the challenges of surviving the inner city, the lack of hope that derives from living there, and the life rules he believes create success and garner respect. Prince also shares never-before-told stories of his involvements with notable figures like, Rick Rubin, Al Gore, Richard Branson’s business partner Ken Berry, Mike Tyson, Suge Knight, Roy Jones Jr., and more.
“My spirit moved me to write this book,” Prince says, sharing an anecdote from an incident that shook the music world to its core. He recalls his attempt to save the life of The Notorious B.I.G who had given props to his label when rhyming the indelible line, “Not from Houston but I Rap-A-Lot” on Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear” remix.
“I tried in vain to save Biggie, a casualty of the East Coast vs. West Coast rap wars.” At the time, Prince was on his tour bus and immediately rerouted his trip upon hearing that Puffy and Biggie were in Los Angeles filming the video for ‘Hypnotize.’ Prince felt that it was urgent to pay them a visit before it was too late. He recalls asking Puffy, “Why are you out loose in Los Angeles like this? It’s not safe out here for you.”
Both provocative and sentimental, the memories Prince uncovers reveal a life filled with critical lessons, fierce determination, and answered prayers. The memoir is available for purchase on Amazon.com and signed copies may be purchased onsite at the release party on July 6th.