25 Influential Black Music Execs

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  • 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
  • Master P

Antonio "L.A." Reid

After his career as keyboardist for The Deele, L.A. Reid co-founded LaFace Records with bandmate Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds in 1989. The label was one of the most important imprints of the '90s, signing acts including OutKast, TLC and Usher and helping to establish Atlanta as a music hotbed. From 2004 to 2011, he served as CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group, before moving on to Epic Records and also gaining small-screen fame as a judge on The X Factor.

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