"Fortune 500 companies, they've become the new record labels." This assertion comes from the voice of Taj Tashombe as he leans forward on the lobby couch of Paramount Studios situated in the heart of Hollywood. "Traditional record label models are broken. They don't have the dollars," he continues. While Tashombe's frustration with the state of the music industry is certainly shared by many, his current metamorphosis from branding executive to performing artist has brought him an optimism shared by few, for the time being, at least.Sitting to talk with SPIN, Tashombe scans over the spread of music magazines in front of him as though looking at a waiting spotlight, his answers as considered as his modern gentleman appearance.