Adrian Miller: How Gambling On Anderson .Paak Paid Off

Adrian Miller is the manager of one of the hottest artists in music right now, Anderson .Paak. .Paak first came to the attention of the general public with his half-dozen appearances on Dr. Dre’s 2015 album Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre. He was quickly signed by Dre’s Aftermath Records and released his hit album Malibu this past January.

But before deals with Dre, Miller had a long history in the hip-hop world. He got his start on the radio, spinning rap records in 1990 on a station in Oklahoma, where he was going to college. Once back in his native Los Angeles, Miller played a key role in discovering acts like Coolio, Funkdoobiest, The Pharcyde, and many more. He worked for Immortal Records, and transitioned from there to a job at Warner Brothers, working directly under legendary A&R man (and manager-to-the-stars) Benny Medina.

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Los Angeles Times

In the digital age, breaking up is hard to do

It’s Valentine’s Day, and I’m not celebrating. A few weeks ago my fiancee and I broke up.

It was a difficult breakup, so I immediately stopped following her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and deleted her name from my iPhone address book.

I thought that would be enough to disconnect her from my digital life. But I’m finding out — as many others have in the age of smartphones and social networks — that connecting is easy, but severing ties online is nearly impossible.

Take even the basic task of doing an Internet search. When I type in the letter “T” into my Web browser, Google suggests Twitter and just below that it lists my former fiancee’s Twitter handle.

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How a Song No One Wanted to Make Became a West Coast Rap Classic

In 1994, Volume 10 recorded “Pistolgrip-Pump” as a concession to his A&R. Twenty years later it still endures.

Volume 10 isn’t particularly hard to track down, but you get the feeling that these days he’s not really used to people looking for him. On a Wednesday afternoon earlier this year, he picks up the phone after a few rings, but before he’s ready for any questions, he has a few for me first. He asks what his rap name is (easy enough), then what song he’s known for (“Pistolgrip-Pump”). Then he tells me to say a few lines of “Pistolgrip-Pump.” If this is an attempt to check my rap bonafides, it’s lightweight stuff, but still, the whole deal has me a bit confused.

Then Volume 10 explains what’s up. It turns out that while we’re talking, he’s also hanging out with a woman he’s known for 10 years, but who didn’t know what he was doing back in 1994.

“I never told her who I was, and I decided to tell her,” he says. “The issue is that she didn’t believe me, brah. I showed her the [“Pistolgrip-Pump” video], and I’m like, ‘This dude don’t look like me?’ And she’s like, ‘He look like you, but you ain’t sing that song.'”

Apparently my responses have her convinced, so Volume 10 has her finish rolling a joint and he begins to talk…


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