Major Players: Rappers Who Went from Indies to Majors

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  • 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
  • Kendrick Lamar

Talib Kweli (Rawkus Records to Warner Bros.)

After linking with Mos Def to release Black Star through Rawkus Records in 1998, Talib Kweli went on to have his own solo career. He started off with Rawkus, where he released Train of ThoughtQuality and The Beautiful Struggle, before signing on with Warner Bros. for 2007's Eardrum. Though it would be his only album on the label, his 2013 Prisoner of Consciousness was released through Capitol/EMI. 

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