All Def Music: Record Label Transformations

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  • YMCMB, Cash Money Records
  • Gucci Mane, Brick Squad
  • Wu Tang Clan, Loud Records
  • Ruffhouse Records
  • Romeo
  • Snoop, Death Row Records
  • Russell Simmons
  • Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation
  • Priority Records
  • Maybach Music Group
  • The Inc.

Loud Records Joins Uncle Russ

Loud Records, founded by Steve Rifkind, produced Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep and Three 6 Mafia, but after a series of failed deals, the label folded in 2002. In 2011, it looked like Loud Records was making a comeback as Rifkind took to Twitter to announce that the label will be revamped with the release of rapper Asher Roth’s new project. (“Not only are we partnering up with Def Jam on @asherroth album it will be under the LOUD RECORDS imprint.”) But now both Roth and Rifkind are over at All Def Music with Russell Simmons.

(Photos from left: Bob Berg/Getty Images, Loud Records)

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