Major Players: Rappers Who Went from Indies to Majors

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  • Murs
  • 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

Too $hort (75 Girls to Jive)

After releasing his first three projects in the mid-1980s on the indie 75 Girls, Bay Area rapper Too $hort began putting out albums through Jive. Over the next two decades, he would release more than a dozen albums with the label — many of them reaching platinum or gold status. Most recently, he’s been releasing his albums through Dangerous Music, which is a label that he owns. 

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