Best Hip-hop Record Labels

The Top Ten

1 Shady Records

It has had some of the greatest rappers of all time, like, em,50 and others like Cashis, Boogie and Obie Trice.

Was founded by Eminem and Paul Rosenberg in 1999 and has produced a lot of music in partnership with aftermath. So along with the Aftermath artists they also have Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf, Bad Meets Evil and Obie Trice.

They truly care and believe in the artists, em doesn't care if he looses money as long as they are amazing

Shady Records is an American record label founded in 1999 by rapper Eminem and his manager Paul Rosenberg after the highly successful release of Eminem's debut album.
They guys always best and will be best. No more words to say because they don't care about us.

SHADY Records with Aftermath Dope.

2 Aftermath

While Shady Records is obviously great, without Aftermath Shady Records simply could not have been created. So, Aftermath pulls ahead with a SLIGHT edge.

Kendrick, Dre, 50,the game, the list goes on

The Aftermath studios were founded by legened Dr. Dre in 1996. The artists include Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar and others. Former artists were Busta Rhymes, The Game, Stat Quo. This is a classic and Dre is a great producer

The reason Aftermath should be before Shady is because without Aftermath, Shady would have never existed. lol

3 Death Row

This was so hard! It was between definitely Jam, Death Row, Top Dawg Entertanment (TDE), Bad Boy and Aftermath. But Death Row without a doubt had to be one of the best. With 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Dogg Pound with Kurupt and Daz. You have Nate Dogg and Warren G reppin' 213. This label might as well own all the classic albums: All Eyez on Me by 2Pac (1996), Doggystyle by Snoop (1993) and Don Killuminati: 7 day theory by 2Pac (1996). And obviously the best album: The Chronic by Dr. Dre (1992). This created the West Coast G-Funk sound that everyone knows and loves as well as having hard rap from the likes of Hit 'em Up.

Shady Records did not have the same impact as Death Row, and is sort of just got Eminem and 50 Cent and D12. As much as TDE is the future with good kidd, M.A.A.D City and artists like Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and AB-Soul, it still needs to fully develop. Bad Boy had Biggie and Puff, and Junior Mafia.

Aftermath and definitely Jam were certainly the two ...more

Many hip hop heads will always mention Death Row when talking about greatest hip hop labels for the simple reason that this label has talented, great and classic yet unique artists.

Death Row! The most iconic hip hop record label, even if its beef with Bad Boy did lead to the death of the two greatest rappers of all time, Pac and Biggie.

I was supposed to vote for Aftermath but press this by mistake. Haven't heard about it yet so I don't have much to say. All I can say is that it's a Hip hop record Label

4 Def Jam

This label includes some of the greats like Nas, Beastie Boys, DMX, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Public Enemy along with modern day definitely Jam people like Kanye West, Pusha T, Rick Ross and Young Jeezy. This is clearly one of the biggest and the best

This record label it A-M-A-Z-I-N-G AMAZING just bye listening to the artist they work with every day some of the biggest singers record there

Definitely Jam may be the devil but they've released 10 times the classics at least as any other label.

The best label

5 Strange Music

Pushes old school hip hop to new grounds, the rappers can rap and rap fast: no mumble rappers here, the artists are all unique and slay it when the collaborate, and while "migos flow" (triplet flow where rappers rap in groups of 3 instead of 2 or 4) which is not inherently bad as long as the words are clear, unfortunately mumble rappers love this flow style... strange music avoids this style and embraces traditional 2 or 4 group styles, they do love "westcoast chopper" style where the rap is fast and coherent, the lyrics are have a lot of alliteration and/or complex rhyming patterns their only flaw is that to do this it might limit the songs insightful/profound or meaningful lyrics (even poetry) to trade off for some amazingly well thought and unexpected word choices that don't have any deep meaning to the listener. Still these guys have serious rapping skill

Definitely deserve top 2 with shady. Talent wise, no one can compete. Every artist on there would destroy any other labels. Besides em of course haha

Strange Music Inc. is the upcoming new gen for the hip hop legacy, they are going to take over and if people don't realise now they will soon Big Up Strange!

After Shady Records, Strange Music is THE NUMBER 1 INDEPENDENT LABEL and always puts dope, classic and StRanGE music out into the world.

6 Top Dawg Entertainment

Has some of the best.

The greatest rapper alive is signed to this label. enough said

Everyone in the group is up and coming. Look out for another control by kendrick and a Black Hippy album. Get These Days... By Ab-Soul

Has some of the best new age rappers out there

7 Cash Money

Okay so I'm not a big fan of these "rappers" but I admit this company is succesful. The top artists in this group are Lil Wayne, Drake, Hot Boyz, and B.G.

Ate how much does it cost up front to make a song

Why do I think cash money I know everyone writes the same thing but to me cash money is a independent record label who's artists continue to show that their the best and that's it and to my girl nicki u aren't role model from Saja Nicholas

Screwed hip hop up. Discouraged people from being inspired by Kendrick and encouraged people to copy Future

8 GOOD Music

Kanye, Travis, pusha, and the list goes on, best label

Very good rappers: Kanye West, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big sean, Common...
Best producers: Yeezy, Mike Dean, No I.D., Travis Scott, Noah Goldstein, Charlie Heat...

Kanye West is up there with Dre, DMX, and Pac. Kanye is one of if not is the greatest of all time

Kanye West is the Founder

9 Roc Nation

This is the early Jay-z stuff before he went off to definitely Jam. Along with Jay-z there was Kareem Burke and Dame

New but definitely on the rise. Has a lot of potential.

Rihanna is also on Roc Nation


10 Bad Boy

Notorious B.I. G, Puff Daddy and the Family are all legends in the making, this was truly a great label.

Iconic and classic record label that will forever be remembered

I agree bad boys represented east coast well

Bad boy is number one Puff daddy Biggie the lox lil Kim Faith Evans Junior Mafia Carl Thomas 112 Mase Black Rob Shyne Total Craig Mack Then you get to Bad Boy south with Young Jeezy Boyz in the hood Mjg 8 ball joc Rick Ross and now got Coke Boyz French Montana mgk and fabulous Cassie bad boy tour prove best hip hop and r & b label

The Contenders

11 Dreamville

They have some of the best young talents in the game. If you're still sleeping on JID and Earthgang, you're missing out.

As of current labels and their position in the industry today dreamville is really taking off, their musical talent is ridiculous and surpass those mentioned here and honestly in terms of now ain't no record label really competing except TDE

Best label ever

J. Cole is leading up and coming artists like Bas, Omen, and Cozz. If you want to know what this record is about listen to Revenge of the Dreamers

12 Ruff Ryders

New York hip-hop in late 90's. Founded by Dean brothers. The rappers include DMX, The L.O.X., Swizz Beatz. However this label has died down recently and many rappers have moved on to other places.

DMX, LOX, Swizz Beats, Jadakiss, Eve,... Can you find a better combination of awesome rappers

D to the M to the X

13 Interscope Records

Best record label of all my son Alex Smith works there searching out new artists and social media stuff.

Made most artists

Has many great artists but many horrible ones as well


14 Funk Volume

I mean I think it would have been the best in a couple years but now that Hopsin left there is no future.

Strange music, top dawg, and funk volume are the top 3 independent hip hop record labels at the moment

Funk Volume no longer exists because of Damien Ritters

2 Years from now this label will be the top dog

15 Loud Records

Without question wu tang, mobb deep & big pun make it #1 beyond a reasonable doubt (no pun intended)

Xzibit, Big Pun, Wu Tang Clan (and Raekwon, Method Man, GZA, Ghostface Killah, Three 6 Mafia, Mobb Deep, Twista do I need to say more?

What is this doing all the way down here

Xzibit, Big Pun, Wu Tang Clan

16 Maybach Music Group

Rick ross, WALE, Meek mill

The best is on this

Best rap Label ever

Better than death row

17 Ruthless Records

They founded gangsta rap which was called reality rap before

Eazy, dre, cube, yella, ren, they were all amazing and made amazing music and changed music forever they made a huge impact on gangsta rap

This is the label that originate gangsta rap and should be #1

It should be number 1

18 Odd Future Records

Up and coming Tyler the Creator with his unusual buddies such as Earl Sweatshirt and Frank Ocean. This label is a force to be reckoned with

19 OVO Sound

This record label is found by one of the greatest rappers at the moment by drake. These rappers have a rhythm rapping style for all the ladies out there.

Ovo is gonna be at the top soon, just wait for the takeover. Toronto forever!

It has drake I mean come on now he's about to be the new face of hop hop.

Drake's got a lot going for him and has found a lot of young artists with potential

20 Stones Throw Records
21 Young Money Entertainment

Best label ever

Should be top 2.

Trash label invited nicki!

Young money QUEEN Nicki

22 Cold Chillin'

Responsible for some of the golden years of rap in the late 80's. Albums were by classics like Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Kool G. Rap, and MC Shan. Company folded however in 98'

23 Suave House

Was the First independent southern rap label

Tony Draper created the label in the 90's. Memphis duo, 8Ball and MJG were signed in 1990. Other rappers include Tela, South Circle and Crime boss. However in early 2000's 8Ball and MJG left the label, the label hasn't received the same success.

24 Warner Music Group

Great Musicians over there. I love them.


25 Visionary Music Group

Logic got his start here, signed with definitely jam and is gonna be one of the top rappers in a year or two

Though Visonary does not have many artist signed to it, I guarantee that the artist already signed, will be known as the greatest of their time. Mark my words.

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