Strange Music co-founder Travis O'Guin made his fortune in the furniture repair business by age 22, and used the millions he'd earned fixing damaged goods for major retail chains to launch an independent hip-hop empire with Tech N9ne. But as it turns out, the intertwining history of the furniture and music businesses has deep roots going back nearly 100 years.

Subscribe to billboard biz to continue reading this article and thousands more.

Billboard.biz subscribers get:
  • 24/7 coverage of every genre and sector of the business with over 150 exclusive charts
  • Bulletin: Breaking stories, chart info and analysis sent directly to your inbox every weekday
  • Billboard Magazine iPad Edition: An enhanced version of the magazine with video, photo galleries and playable charts
  • Archives: A rich history of Billboard.biz articles and exclusive charts

Join now or Log In