25 Influential Black Music Execs

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  • 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
  • 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

Bryan "Baby" Williams

Bryan "Baby" Williams, aka Birdman, has helped take the label he cofounded, Cash Money Records, to unforeseen heights. After launching in 1991, the label cashed in building regional buzz for an unprecendented $30 million deal with Universal Music Group, which led to the stardom of Juvenile, Lil Wayne and, later on, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

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