He has spent the last two decades fostering the expansion of the rap culture in Houston, and now rap musicians are attempting to promote the growth of low-income neighbourhoods and communities.
J. Prince was born as James L. Smith on October 31, 1965. Sharon Johnson was 16 years old when she gave birth to Prince, and she already had an infant daughter, Zenia. Their family lived in “the Bloody Nickel” Coke Apartments in Houston’s Fifth Ward.
Zenia, the sister of Prince, was killed by a train while returning home from junior high school. Prince obtained a position in the Colonial’s Fault Department after graduating from Kashmere High. Two years later, he became unemployed and began restoring bucket vehicles.
In 1986, Prince created the Houston-based hip-hop record label Rap-a-Lot. Everything began on the second floor of his auto business. In order to prevent his younger brother from becoming involved in street crime, he decided to create a record label. The corporation also operates under the sub-label Smoke-a-Lot Records.
However, his 1,000-acre Texas ranch, which is home to a large herd of Angus cattle, dwarfs his penthouse in terms of both land and living space. The investment generates more than $200,000 annually in profits.