25 Influential Black Music Execs

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  • 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
  • Chris Lighty
  • Russell Simmons
  • Master P
  • Jay-Z
  • Berry Gordy
  • Antonio "L.A." Reid
  • Sylvia Robinson
  • Damon Dash
  • Suge Knight

Dr. Dre

In between establishing himself as perhaps the best, most successful hip hop producer of all time, Dre founded two of the most influential, successful labels of the past 20 years, Death Row and Aftermath, and helped turned Snoop, Eminem, 50 Cent and others into stars. More recently, he co-founded massive headphone company Beats by Dre.

(Photo: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Beats by Dre)

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