All Def Music: Record Label Transformations

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  • 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.
  • YMCMB, Cash Money Records

RuffHouse Records Relaunches With Beanie Sigel

As one of the first to ever do it in the hip hop community, Ruffhouse Records was founded by music and film tycoon Chris Schwartz in 1989. In a collaborative effort with Columbia Records, it released Cyprus Hill's Black Sunday, both full-length albums from The Fugee's and the 5-time Grammy-winning Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Still, the label folded in 1999. More than a decade later, Schwartz decided to relaunch the brand, starting with Beanie Sigel's This Time in 2012 and Canadian crooner Glenn Lewis' Moment of Truth (scheduled for Oct. 15, 2013).

(Photos: Ruffhouse Records)

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