Major Players: Rappers Who Went from Indies to Majors

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

Gucci Mane (Big Cat to Warner Bros.)

Gucci Mane enjoyed early career success on the independent level with his work with local Atlanta indie Tommy Boy, including the single "Icy." In the later part of the 2000s, he signed with Warner Bros., where he dropped a few albums, including The State vs. Radric Davis, which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Rap Albums chart. 

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