All Def Music: Record Label Transformations

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

All Def Music: Record Label Transformations

Russell Simmons is the co-founder of the label that helped build hip hop: Def Jam; and after a series of sales and mergers, he let the company go (reportedly for $100 million). Now, more than a decade later, Uncle Russ is renewing his claim of the "Def" brand name with the launch of All Def Music, a probable game-changer that focuses exclusively on signing YouTube artists.

This isn't the first time, however, that a record label has gone through such an evolution. From Roc-A-Fella to Roc Nation to the flourishing of YMCMB from Cash Money, we’ve rounded up some of hip hop's most notable record label transformations.

By: Moriba Cummings

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