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.

This deserves to be number 1 especially since Eminem is the greatest rapper of all time and since other greats have been in there.

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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

No doubt Dr Dre is the best gangsta rap producer, period. Therefore his label has to be at the top

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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.

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

Death Row is hands down THE BEST

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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.

Biggest RECORD label
My name is YOUNG CREATION from south africa (tsakane)... please recognize my talent. Through my YouTube videos...
Am a ralstar

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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.

the best

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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 Ruthless Records

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

It should be number 1

Number one in my opinion

Started it all

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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 Hypnotize Minds

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

18 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

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'

21 Suburban Noize Records
22 Grand Hustle

Most underrated label. Has many great rapper

I'm with hustle gang 100% of the way no matter what

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23 Wyte Music
24 Suave House

Was the First independent southern rap label

Gay - KrazzyMadd

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.

25 Interscope Records

Made most artists

How come this ain't in the top 10?
Are people growin deaf? This label is legendary!

26 Stones Throw Records
27 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.

28 Taylor Gang Records

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

Gang gang!

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29 Majik Ninja Entertainment
30 Rhymesayers

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.

-Brandon Buckingham

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

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31 No Limit

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

Wha t..l ol you people must not have listened to no limi t..n o limit easily had the dopest rappers and klc and beats by the pound made the best beat s..l ol 95% of people who listen to rap don't know s%#t about rap musi c..c razy

32 Definitive Jux

Has a style that is the one of the most influential but at the same time extremely difficult to replicate.

33 Coke Boys Records
34 Black Wall Street
35 Rawkus

Big L, Mos definitely, Talib Kweli and Hi-Teck do I need to say more?

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36 Psychopathic Records
37 Warner Music Group


38 G-Unit Records

Lies they should be top 10 bias article this is lool

50 is the don

Founded by 50 cent it has artists such as g unit Lloyd banks Tony yayo young buck mobb deep the game 40 glocc spider loc and ma$e.

39 Real Life Music Group
40 Lench Mob

Should bring it bacc

No vaseline

Love ice cube ❤️

41 Trill Entertainment


42 Thizz Entertainment

the bay

RIP Mac Dre
Need I say more?

43 Aggro Berlin
44 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

45 Grand District
46 Young Money Entertainment

Best label ever

Should be top 2.

47 Pig Food Records
48 Ersguterjunge
49 Geffen
50 The Firm

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.

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