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

Wiz Khalifa (Rostrum Records to Atlantic Records)

To some, Wiz Khalifa was an overnight success thanks to his monstrous No. 1 single “Black and Yellow.” And while, yes, that did launch him into a new musical stratosphere, the Pittsburgh rapper didn’t come out of nowhere. Before inking with Atlantic in 2010, the tattooed rapper put out two independent albums, as well as a slew of mixtapes, through hometown label Rostrum Records. He remains signed to both Rostrum and Atlantic. 

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