Best Hip-hop Record Labels

The Top Ten

1 Shady Records

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.

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.

In my opinion, Shady Records is yet to grow even more and is still a small label in terms of numbers of artists. Despite this, Shady Records is a powerhouse always putting "high level music" out into the music industry.

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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. - Lasvegasxavier

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

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

Dr dre, eminem, kendrick lamar, the game, 50 cent, nate dogg, nas, this label should be number #1

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3 Death Row

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.

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 - AlphaQ

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 believe that Death row... is the core of hip hop through the genius mind of Big Suge everything went we

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4 Strange Music

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.

An independant label that became a juggernaut capable of standing toe to toe with any label out. Talented artist, loyal fan base, a reach across the world. No other desrves the place of number one like Strange music.

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5 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.

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6 Top Dawg Entertainment

Has some of the best. - junaid343

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

In the future this label will be as legendary as shady recs

Has some of the best new age rappers out there

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7 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

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8 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.

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9 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.

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 - Themusicman

Best drake, Lil Wayne best rappers last 15 years still going strong

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10 Funk Volume

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

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

2 Years from now this label will be the top dog

Funk Volume no longer exists because of Damien Ritters - KrazzyMadd

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The Contenders

11 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

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12 GOOD Music

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

Kanye West is the Founder

Needs to go up.


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13 Maybach Music Group

Rick ross, WALE, Meek mill

Best rap Label ever

The best is on this


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14 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.

OVO should be third

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15 Hypnotize Minds

This is was and will always will be THE best record label

16 Dreamville

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

He a true artist

J Cole is changing the world because he is making it have climate change.

J. Cole is the one whos making this record label grow

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17 Loud Records

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

How is this not 3rd - KrazzyMadd

18 Ruthless Records

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

It should be number 1

best ever

Straight g

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19 Uncle Howie Records

RIP Uncle Howie

ILL Bill (CEO), Gore Elohim aka Goretex Medina, Necro, Sabac Red, Dj Eclipse, Non Phixion, Q-Unique, Mr. Hyde, E-Dot, Channel Live

20 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'

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