25 Influential Black Music Execs

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  • 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
  • 052413 music kevin liles
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Joe Jackson
  • Mona Scott-Young
  • Kedar Massenburg
  • Steve Stoute
  • RZA
  • Cathy Hughes
  • Jermaine Dupri
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  • RZA, Jay-Z, Diddy
  • Chris Lighty
  • Russell Simmons

Berry Gordy

As the founder of Motown records, Berry Gordy is the alpha and omega when it comes to music executives — of any race. His historic label not only launched the careers of icons including Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross, it also played a key role in helping black music crossover to white audiences.

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