Major Players: Rappers Who Went from Indies to Majors

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  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Little Brother
  • 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

Murs (Definitive Jux to Warner Bros.)

For years, Murs has been a crown jewel of the underground and independent hip-hop. But he did have a brief moment of living the major label life. After years of making a name for himself with indie releases on indies like Definitive Jux and Record Collection, the California native switched things up with 2008’s Murs for President, which was released on Warner Bros. It would be his only album on the label. 

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