Best Hip-hop Record Labels
The Top Ten
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
It s difficult to find a record label with these principles, without thinkin only of money, unlike others... It would be a honor to work with you! ✌
I think Aftermath is the most important record label in hip hop. Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent, Game, and Kendrick Lamar...nothing beats that.
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
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
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 - AlphaQ
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
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.
The greatest rapper alive is signed to this label. enough said
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
Has some of the best new age rappers out there
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
Ate how much does it cost up front to make a song
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, Travis, pusha, and the list goes on, best label
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
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
Gay Z really
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
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
Lyrical masterminds, Cole, J.I.D, Earthgang etc, crazy talented
Dreamville has a lot of underrated talent... And dreamville never had no contreversy
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 - Themusicman
Best record label of all times...plus 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 - Genesyis
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 - KrazzyMadd
2 Years from now this label will be the top dog
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
Rick ross, WALE, Meek mill
The best is on this
Best rap Label ever
Better than death row
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
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
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
Best label ever
Should be top 2.
Trash label invited nicki!
Young money QUEEN Nicki
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'
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.
Great Musicians over there. I love them.
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.
Good music needs more music uploaded from their collabs.
A great line up of artists
G mo skee,boondox,twiztid, The R.O.C
Great Record Label with some of the Best rappers of our generation.
Best stoner record label
T.G.O. D Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Chevy Woods, Berner... Founder Wiz Khalifa Best Record Label Ever
I am embarrassed that this is at 22. THIS IS THE BEST RECORD LABEL THAT HAS EVER EXISTED THE ONLY REASON ITS NOT NUMBER ONE IS BECAUSE YOU NEANDERTHALS haven't LISTENED TO THE RIGHT SONGS. ATMOSPHERE - 1597, sound is vibration, scapegoat, gods bathroom floor, yesterday, sunshine... EYEDEA - monster inside, song about a song, my day at the brain factory, the void (internal theory), weird side, hard headed, exhausted love, paradise... THE DYNOSPECTRUM - breath of fresh, anything is everything... BLUEPRINT - radio inactive.. That's not even the tip of the iceberg but I doubt many of you will actually take the time and listen to the songs above, all I can say about that is I pity you.
Rymesayers has, by far the most lyrically gifted, hard working, and influential names in the hip hop, rap, or whatever you wanna call the game. Although their not seen on MTV or most public radio stations around the world, they deserve all the respect and credentials that can be possibly given. If you have real love for the music then you know, Rymesayers is number one on the list.
Atmosphere, eyedea, brother ali, sage francis, evidence. Need I say more
There would be no Cash Money, No Limit started it. P was on Forbes over 500 mil for years.
Don't want rap label No Limit Records
No limit was that back n the late 90's, only label I remember them older cats I ran around with growing up had tatted on em lol
No limit was like the best rap label master p did movies his son is a rapper his brothers were rappers
Paul and Juicy's style is timeless and has been duplicated by every rapper/producer since the late 90s/early 2000s.
This is was and will always will be THE best record label
Its founder is French Montana
French Montana, Chinx, Lil Durk,
Has a style that is the one of the most influential but at the same time extremely difficult to replicate.
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
Candy shop-s a banger for generations. One up 50!
Changed the hip hop mixtape scene and hip hop business for ever. Plus sold some of the most records not downloads artist like Lloyd Banks one of the most lyrical artists ever
Lies they should be top 10 bias article this is lool
50 is the don
Most underrated label. Has many great rapper
I'm with hustle gang 100% of the way no matter what
The best for me so far
B.O.B and T.I. T.I writes awesome music!
Should bring it bacc
Love ice cube ❤️
X-CLAN made there come back here
We all seen Game bring the whole dying West Coast back to life... Now his gonna build what's gonna be known as one of the greatness label ever!
Put up by the Game himself, the guy who brought back the west. Lets get this 3rd after aftermath and shady records.
Where is RAP-A-LOT RECORDS?
RIP Mac Dre
Need I say more?
How can this not be in the top 10?
Big L, Mos definitely, Talib Kweli and Hi-Teck do I need to say more?
Heard a lot music which was very Brilliant and I was very shocked to find out it's a South African music label.
This is a retro ERA Sub-label if you like timeless hiphop then this is your home for real..