(AllHipHop News) Industry veteran John Monopoly recently spoke with AllHipHop.com about his new label Lawless Inc. and his reemerging relationship with his former client Kanye West, among other things.
John Monopoly and real estate/property preservation businessman Larro Wilson are developing Lawless Inc.'s flagship artist from Southeast Chicago, King Louie.
King Louie has been getting prominent placements and developing a buzz since his signing with Lawless Inc.
"We found Louie through my protege Young Hustle who works with me through my event production company and he also works with Lawless," John Monopoly told AllHipHop.com in an exclusive interview. "My plan is to just build the brand. I got a couple of collaborative mixtapes, I can't say who they are with, but they are going to be some interesting pairings to widen his audience base and widen his demographic."
While Monopoly was tight lipped about Lawless Inc.'s plans for the future, he did allude to the fact that he has been fielding offers from majors for King Louie.
"We have gotten a couple of offers from people who have major situations, or a major situation, but I don't know if we are going to go necessarily go in that direction as of right now," John Monopoly said. "You will definitely see some music on iTunes within the next couple months for some projects, but I can't say if we stay independent, we are just in a blessed situation to have options right now."
Monopoly also took the time to answer questions about his relationship with Kanye West and whether or not he has had contact with his former friend and business partner.
John Monopoly was a part of Kanye's inner-circle from 1991 until 2008, when the pair had a falling out over business matters.
"I hadn't seen or spoken to him in years and then at his concert in Chicago, he had some really nice things to say about me on stage," John Monopoly told AllHipHop.com. "I saw him back stage and we kind of really got a chance to see each other and spend a little time, so that was really cool."
Monopoly remained humbled about his past association with Kanye West, who has gone on to become one of the world's best known entertainers.
"I got to be a part of the development of one of the great iconic figures of our time, so it was a truly a blessed situation," Monopoly continued.
"I'm so happy and proud of is success, and I hope to do something with him in the future," John Monopoly told AllHipHop.com. "We had a great positive, profitable run over the course of three historic albums. My name will be on those albums forever, I'll never forget the world tours, the studio sessions, the marketing campaigns, and just all the stuff we were involved in together as a team."
John Monopoly is also actively involved in Pheed, a new online platform that allows celebrities to monetize and copyright exclusive content via a pay-per-view like medium.
John leads the urban initiative, signing artists like Big Sean, Game, Jim Jones, Keyshia Cole, Young Jeezy and Mike Epps.
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