When he’s not on the road, the rapper and fashion designer likes to stroll through Harlem, where he grew up and still lives.
NYS Entity Status
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JUNE 04, 2013
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NYS Entity Type
DOMESTIC BUSINESS CORPORATION
2013 - HOOD HIP HOP INC.
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