Major Players: Rappers Who Went from Indies to Majors

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  • Mac Miller
  • Wiz Khalifa, Rostrum Records
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Little Brother
  • Murs
  • Talib Kweli
  • Too Short, Too $hort
  • Brother Ali
  • Kid Ink
  • E-40
  • Master P
  • Gucci Mane
  • Slim Thug

Major Players: Rappers Who Went from Indies to Majors

Yesterday (Jan. 14), Mac Miller announced that he was leaving Rostrum Records. The announcement came after the number of years that the Pittsburgh native and his local label were aligned, launching the career of the now 21-year-old. According to the report, Mac let the contract run out, deciding not to sign again. Though there is not yet info on his next move, if he decides to sign with a major, he wouldn't be the first rapper who started his career with an indie before making the switch. Check out some of the plays made — some successful, some not so much — by rappers who've released both independently and via the big leagues.

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