25 Influential Black Music Execs

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  • 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
  • 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

RZA

Although RZA never officially took on the role of "executive," he's widely acknowledged as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan, especially in their early days. He helped the Wu land an unprecendented, revolutionarly deal with Loud Records that still allowed all of its solo acts the freedom to sign as individual artists with other labels. He also oversaw the crew's imprint, Razor Sharp Records.

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