Hakeem Seriki, better known by his stage name Chamillionaire, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Houston, Texas.
He began his career independently with local releases in 2002, including the collaborative album Get Ya Mind Correct with fellow Houston rapper and childhood friend Paul Wall. He signed to Universal Records in 2005 and released The Sound of Revenge under Universal. Chamillionaire was also the founder and an original member of Color Changin’ Click until the group split in 2005. He currently serves as the CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment.
In early 2011, he left Universal Records, which led to his would-be third album, Venom, going unreleased.
Chamillionaire joined Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Upfront Ventures in early 2015 and has been focusing on his entrepreneurial career over his musical career since; he founded the video communication platform Convoz around the same time. It was in this capacity that he met Upfront partner, Mark Suster, in 2009, becoming one of the earliest co-investors in Maker Studios, now a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. In November, 2019, Chamillionaire joined CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” to discuss his competition to invest in start-ups founded by people of color and women.1