Major Players: Rappers Who Went from Indies to Majors

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

Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Ent. to Interscope)

Many have deemed Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city a classic debut album, and it’s hard to argue with that. The best argument against it, probably, isn’t that it isn't a classic, but that it wasn’t a debut. Before aligning with Interscope, K. Dot released a number of projects through Top Dawg Entertainment, including the retail release Section .80, in 2011. As he proved with gkmc, Kendrick didn’t have to compromise his artistry by going major. 

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