Dan Charnas

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Charnas on a panel at the 2010 Brooklyn Book Festival with Kristin Hersh.

Dan Charnas is an American author, radio host and record company executive. He is considered to have played a role in the creation of hip-hop journalism. In 2010 he wrote the book The Big Payback about the history of the hip-hop business. [1][2]

As a radio personality, Charnas hosted a segment on KPWR on the first hip-hop show in Los Angeles.[1] As a journalist he was a writer for the hip-hop magazine The Source.[2] He became a talent scout for Profile Records and later ran the rap division of American Recordings in a joint venture with Warner Bros. Records.[2][1]

Charnas was born and lives in New York City.


  1. ^ a b c Global Grind staff (January 5, 2011). "Dan Charnas On The Biggest Deals In Hip-Hop History, & Why Drake Could've Done Better". Global Grind. 
  2. ^ a b c Aaron Leitko (January 16, 2011). "The brains behind the bling-bling". Washington Post.