These five emerging executives and tastemakers are shaping the future of R&B and hip-hop.
COLE BENNETT, 22
Founder, Lyrical Lemonade
Launched as a hip-hop blog in 2013, the 22-year-old Illinois native’s venture has sprouted a clothing line, video production for the SoundCloud set and, on Aug. 19, the first Summer Smash festival in Chicago.
KEI HENDERSON, 34
Founder/senior vp marketing, Since the 80s
The Atlanta-based branding wiz leverages prior roles in media, fashion, marketing and sales to empower clients like 21 Savage, whom she co-manages with Justin Williams.
ELLIOT GRAINGE, 24
Founder/CEO, 10K Projects
The 24-year-old son of Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge made his bones by signing two of the genre’s biggest breakout acts of the past year to his independent label: 6ix9ine and Trippie Redd.
FADIA KADER, 36
Music partnerships, Instagram
Kuwait-born Kader manages all creative-music efforts on the ’gram, including long-form vertical IGTV, which, for instance, has showcased a Tokyo city guide starring Pharrell Williams.
LOLA PLAKU, 33
Founder, Lola Media Group
The Toronto-based marketing, artist and brand developer has helped French Montana and fellow Canadian The Weeknd's XO Records roster (Belly, Nav, Black Atlass) expand their footprints beyond music and recently launched the Girl Connected mentorship program for female professionals.