J Prince is an American Businessman with a net worth of $45 million. A lot of J’s wealth has been accumulated from being the CEO of Rap-a-Lot Records, a Houston-based recording label that he founded back in 1986.
For more than 20 years, J Prince has been working hard to promote the rap industry and his promotion efforts have expanded into the less privileged communities and neighborhoods. His efforts weren’t unnoticed as Bill White, the Houston City Mayor and Council named a day in his honor on January 30th 2007.
Prince has also created a recreation center in Houston’s 5th Ward that provides the community with various services from athletics to computer courses. He followed this up by launching Strapped - a campaign on HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and testing among the blacks.
Prince’s record label, also known as Smoke-a-Lot Records is famous for its most popular act called the Geto Boys that put the South on the hip hop grid. The label has focused on southern gangster rap and it has proven to be a success. Geto Boys was the first nationally known act of the record label while Devin the Dude was with the label for 15 years until 2008, becoming the label’s longest running act.
J. Prince Jr., J Prince’s son owns a recording label called Southern Empire Entertainment and it’s distributed by Rap-a-Lot. Another of Prince’s sons, Jas Prince, is also behind the discovery of Cash Money/Young Money/Universal Records artist Drake and he holds the artist in a management contract with Rap-a-Lot Records; making him part of the Rap-a-Lot family.
In 2010, Rap-a-Lot and Fontana Distribution agreed on a distribution deal. In June of the same year, J Prince was honored by an award for his creative contributions as well as philanthropic ventures at the VH1 7th annual Hip-Hop Honors Awards.