Aftermath Records kicks off the Top 10 as the 10th most important hip-hop record label of all time.

#10 Aftermath Records

In 1996, Dr. Dre was wounded from his departure from Death Row Records.  He had virtually given up everything (ownership of his masters, future revenues and equity interest) to extricate himself from the madness that had swallowed up Death Row, not the least of which was the murder of Tupac Shakur.  It was to no one’s surprise that Dre, the best hip-hop producer of all time, would start another record label but even with his stellar track record, Aftermath did not come out of the gates swinging.  After false starts with well-known artists like Rakim, Dawn Robinson (from En Vogue), The Firm (featuring Foxy Brown, AZ, Nature and Nas), and even the good Doctor himself, it was not until 1999 that Aftermath got its first bona fide smash with Eminem.  Once that happened, the label never looked back, with Eminem going on to become the best selling rap artist of all time.  Since then, Aftermath has put out fewer artists than many other record labels over the same time period, but those the label did launch continue to be among the biggest names in hip-hop.

Phone Tap – The Firm

My Name Is – Eminem

The Next Episode – Dr. Dre

In Da Club

How We Do – The Game

Previously: #20 Rakwus Records, #19 Loud Records, #18 Select Records, #17 Rap-A-Lot Records, #16 No Limit Records, #15 Sleeping Bag Records, #14 Uptown Records, #13 Ruffhouse Records, #12 Cold Chillin’ Records, #11 Jive Records

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7 Responses to Aftermath Records kicks off the Top 10 as the 10th most important hip-hop record label of all time.

  1. Luke says:

    Congrats on getting to the Top 10. What ever happened to AZ?

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