Billboard reports: “Mass Appeal, the graffiti/hip-hop culture publication that has grown to include television and production wings as well as a record label and creative services division, announced today it had raised $6 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Universal Music Group, and with today’s announcement UMG evp Michele Anthony will serve on Mass Appeal’s board of directors. Founded as a print magazine in 1996, Mass Appeal has reinvented itself in recent years, particularly after CEO Peter Bittenbender partnered with Nas to relaunch the physical magazine and open Mass Appeal Records, which will serve as Nas’ label home after his long-term deal with Def Jam reaches its conclusion.”

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