25 Influential Black Music Execs

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  • 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
  • Jay-Z

Sylvia Robinson

The co-founder of Sugar Hill Records, Sylvia Robinson is not only one of the most renowned female music executives of all time, she's also a hip hop pioneer, releasing two of the genre’s biggest, earliest breakthroughs, Sugarhill Gang’s "Rapper’s Delite" and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message,” and also helping elevate the careers of the Treacherous Three, the Crash Crew and other important old-school groups. 

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