25 Influential Black Music Execs

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  • 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
  • Suge Knight
  • Eazy E
  • Birdman
  • Dr. Dre
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs
  • Sylvia Rhone
  • Mathew Knowles
  • J. Prince
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  • Smokey Robinson
  • Joe Jackson

Steve Stoute

Steve Stoute was one of the most powerful Black executives helping to push hip hop and R&B to new levels of success in the '90s and early 2000s, serving as president of urban music and executive vice president at Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records and president of urban music for Sony Music Entertainment. He also managed Nas and Mary J. Blige.

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