mardi 26 septembre 2017

A Short Account Of The Most Prolific Hip Hop Record Labels

By Amy Robinson

The revenue generated by the music sector each year in the US is humongous. Some of the artists considered prolific started as novices and worked their way up to the top, amassing great wealth in the process. However, one fact that holds true is that rappers are heavily dependent on their respective hip hop record labels for aspects such as marketing.

The passing of the years has seen the rise and fall from glory of many recording houses. The ones that have weathered the many storms in the business have grown to be famed all over the world. While there is no specific order to the list below, it profiles some groups that fall in this category and the rappers associated with them. Most renowned labels started in the 90s and at the ushering in of the new millennium.

The first on the list is Shady Records. With lots of music hits credited to it, the label was founded by the famous rapper Eminem and Paul Rosenberg in the year 1999. It was founded soon after Eminem released his debut album. While its artist base is pretty small, it has managed to churn out global hits since its inception.

Aftermath group comes next. It played a crucial role in the formation and growth of Shady Records. It was founded in 1996 by the now accomplished businessman Dr. Dre, who at the time was a rapper. Eminem often acknowledges Dr. Dre as being his mentor. Through this mentorship, he became a world class act.

Many rap enthusiasts never fail to mention Death Row Records when discussing the best groups. It is famous for housing classic and talented rappers. Its artists are also known to be unique in style and composition. However, the group was the subject of conspiracy theories after the demise of Tupac and Biggie, two rappers who were at the top of their game at the time.

Def Jam is another music house worthy of note. Its influence has been felt globally through its famous artists. They include Jay Z, Nas, DMX, Beastie Boys and Ja Rule. The new millennium ushered in equally famous entrants like Rick Ross, Kanye West, Young Jeezy and Pusha T. It is arguably the best recording house in modern music owing to its global success.

Another great group is Cash Money. Among the noteworthy members in it are Lil Wayne, Drake and Hot Boyz. The artists have stayed true to their roots despite growing influence and appeal from other popular music types like RnB.

Maybach Music Group caps the list. Rick Ross is its acknowledged founder. Despite its excellent music, its distribution platform is handled by Atlantic Records. Maybach has signed talented rappers like Ross himself, Wale, Omarion and Meek Mill. It has so far released twenty one albums since its first debut one in 2009.

There are many other recording houses that look quite promising. It can be said with certainty that the industry looks bright for all who want to venture into it either as musicians or investors. Only time will tell if this will hold true.

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