25 Influential Black Music Execs

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  • 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
  • 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

Eazy E

The co-founder of Ruthless Records, Eazy-E is one of rap's first prominent artist-executives, overseeing his pioneering gangsta-rap group N.W.A.'s shocking late-'80s breakthrough to mainstream America. Later on, after accusations of financial impropriety broke apart N.W.A., Eazy discovered Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

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