25 Influential Black Music Execs

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  • Chris Lighty
  • Russell Simmons
  • Master P
  • Jay-Z
  • Berry Gordy
  • Antonio "L.A." Reid
  • Sylvia Robinson
  • Damon Dash
  • Suge Knight
  • Eazy E
  • Birdman
  • Dr. Dre
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs
  • Sylvia Rhone
  • Mathew Knowles
  • J. Prince
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  • Smokey Robinson
  • Joe Jackson
  • Mona Scott-Young
  • Kedar Massenburg
  • Steve Stoute
  • RZA
  • Cathy Hughes
  • Jermaine Dupri
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  • RZA, Jay-Z, Diddy

Master P

Master P brought rap independent labels to new heights in the mid-‘90s, when his New Orleans-based No Limit imprint oversaw his own multiplatinum success, as well as a deep stable of talent that included Mystikal, Silkk the Shocker and others. He also expanded his fiefdom to movies and TV, releasing a series of straight-to-DVD movies and landing several acting roles. (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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