Major Players: Rappers Who Went from Indies to Majors

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  • 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
  • Talib Kweli

Kid Ink (Tha Alumni Music Group to RCA Records)

After building his base through online buzz and touring, Kid Ink released his indie debut, Up & Away, in 2012 through Tha Alumni Music Group. Just a few months later, he announced that he had signed with RCA, where he’d be putting out his major label debut. Following an EP in 2013, he did just that last week when he dropped My Own Lane. Though the official numbers aren’t in yet, estimates say that it should debut at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. 

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