Major Players: Rappers Who Went from Indies to Majors

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

Brother Ali (Rhymesayers Entertainment to Warner Bros.)

It made sense when Brother Ali teamed with Rhymesayers Entertainment early in his career. He, like the label, is based in the Midwest; plus, there was something to his sound that felt quintessentially Rhymesayers-esque. That didn't stop him — nor should it have — from signing with Warner Bros. in the mid-2000s, through which he has released his last three albums in tandem with Rhymesayers. He experienced more commercial success on the major than he did when he was solely indie, while still managing to put out a product that satisfied his core. 

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