The 14th most important hip-hop record label of all time might be the most controversial on the list…

…but not because they didn’t put out dope music.

#14 Uptown Records

Uptown Records did not make its mark with rap music, though it was founded by former rapper Andre Harrell who was one half of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and was home to some significant rappers.  Uptown Records however was extremely important to hip-hop culture for a few reasons.  First and foremost, Uptown almost single-handedly redefined what “hip-hop music” meant.  Prior to Uptown, rap music and hip-hop (the culture) were used interchangeably.  With artists like Jodeci, Mary J. Blige and Guy, Uptown invented (or at least brought to the masses) a genre called “hip-hop soul.”  Fast forward 20 years later and rap and R&B are nearly indistinguishable with rappers rhyming on R&B songs and R&B singers singing on rap songs, with much of it being called “hip-hop music.”  Another contribution that Uptown made to hip-hop was birthing the career of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs who started his life at a record label at Uptown as an intern (but more on him later).  When you add that Uptown also released the first single by Biggie Smalls (when that was still his name) it’s hard to deny Uptown’s place in hip-hop record label history.  Here’s the case:

Previously: #20 Rakwus Records, #19 Loud Records, #18 Select Records, #17 Rap-A-Lot Records, #16 No Limit Records, #15 Sleeping Bag Records

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