Rap-A-Lot Records was the 17th most important hip-hop record label. Also holding down the South at #16 is…

No Limit Records

No Limit Records was the record label that put New Orleans on the map.  Despite its synonymity with Louisiana, many likely would be surprised to learn that No Limit actually began in California.  Without question, however, the label took off when it re-located to Master P’s hometown of New Orleans.  From there he made No Limit one of the most powerful labels in music (not just hip-hop), having the clout and wherewithal to own his own masters (extremely rare), and also the drive and hustle to parlay the music’s success into launching several extremely profitable DVDs and films.  Additionally, No Limit managed to resurrect the career of Big Snoop Dogg, which had quickly been heading South…At his height, Master P was 10th on the Forbes’ list of the 40 highest paid entertainers, grossing an estimated $55 million in 1998.  On top of it all,  with its Beats by the Pound production stable, No Limit created a unique sonic experience that would dominate the charts for a good portion of the late ’90s.

Make ‘Em Say Uhh – Master P

It Ain’t My Fault – Silkk the Shocker

I Smell Smoke – Mystikal

Lay Low – Snoop Dogg

Previously: #20 Rakwus Records, #19 Loud Records, #18 Select Records, #17 Rap-A-Lot Records

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