Best Hip-hop Record Labels
The Top Ten
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.
Along with afermath biggest one there isV 22 Comments
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 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
Dr dre is the bestV 16 Comments
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.
DEATH ROW IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST!V 20 Comments
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!
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.V 18 Comments
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
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
Top Dawg is a record label which nurtures young talent- if you're looking for some fresh artists with an old school feel to their music; beats, lyrics and flow, Top Dawg is your go to. With Kendrick Lamar being the face of this label, how could it not ooze talent? Up and coming artists include SZA, paving the way for alternarive RnB with her soulful voice, incorporating funk, soul & hip hop influences in her music... an irresistable meddley. Other artists include the critically acclaimed Isaiah Rashad, who draws inspiration from some of hip hops greatest, namely Jay Z, Scarface, Outkast.V 12 Comments
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
Had one of the GOATS in The Notorious B.I.G. Today it has rappers like Machine Gun Kelly, Logic, and Joey BadA$$V 5 Comments
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
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
Young money since birth is the best of the best company to succeed in their career.especially the rapper "LIL WAYNE A.K.A YOUNG MONEY BABY! "V 10 Comments
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
I mean I think it would have been the best in a couple years but now that Hopsin left there is no future.
Above cash money all dsyV 9 Comments
Kanye, Travis, pusha, and the list goes on, best label
Kanye West is the Founder
Kanye West is up there with Dre, DMX, and Pac. Kanye is one of if not is the greatest of all time
Kanye, enough said. Plus a bunch of other veterans in the gameV 9 Comments
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
Rick ross, WALE, Meek mill
Best rap Label ever
The best is on this
Wale is unlike other rappers he is a rapper with a unique flow and lyrics that excercise the insiginificance of material things like money.V 5 Comments
This is the label that originate gangsta rap and should be #1
It should be number 1
Number one in my opinion
Eazy E greatest rapper of all time!V 9 Comments
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 growV 6 Comments
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 thirdV 5 Comments
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
This is was and will always will be THE best record label
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
X-CLAN made there come back here
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'
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!
Made most artists
How come this ain't in the top 10?
Are people growin deaf? This label is legendary!
This is the parent of all your favourite imprint labels and it funded and promoted projects by Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick, 50, Schoolboy Q, Tupac, Snoop, The Game, Will.i.am, Tory Lanez, MGK, Cozz, Aloe Blacc, Pharrell, J. Cole, Busta, Jay Rock, etc. etc.
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.
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.
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!V 1 Comment
A great line up of artists
G mo skee,boondox,twiztid, The R.O.C
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
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
The bestV 2 Comments
Has a style that is the one of the most influential but at the same time extremely difficult to replicate.
Its founder is French Montana
French Montana, Chinx, Lil Durk,
Best label ever
Should be top 2.
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
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.
How can this not be in the top 10?
Big L, Mos definitely, Talib Kweli and Hi-Teck do I need to say more?
Should bring it bacc
Love ice cube ❤️
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
Where is RAP-A-LOT RECORDS?
RIP Mac Dre
Need I 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..
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