Skip to content

10 best hip-hop record labels of all time


Most hip-hop record labels were formed out of necessity. Before the major labels fully understood how to market and sell hip-hop music, artists needed a label that would allow them to hone their skills and create music that was a true representation of their experiences.

We have compiled a list of the hip-hop record labels that changed music and defined a culture.

Click continue to view the 10 best hip-hop record labels of all time.

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11


  1. Vandellish on April 16, 2013 at 10:56 am

    No Loud or Rawkus?

  2. bogard on July 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm
  3. Jarod on July 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

    In terms of lyricism, flow, and diversity within its group, Tech N9ne’s Strange Music takes the number one spot in my opinion even though they are not very well known, their roster and fan base is growing and they have dominated the indie/underground rap scene for years

  4. whatthefuckisthisidiot on September 1, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Are you fucking serious?! Cash money number 2?! Go kill yourself. Instantly.

    • ninad on December 31, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Ymcmb should be number one

  5. shaanop on September 3, 2013 at 5:57 pm


  6. Reuben on December 15, 2013 at 7:37 am


  7. Jesse on December 30, 2013 at 2:23 am

    This list is a joke.
    Ruthless? Interscope? Wu-Tang?

    • bob on October 15, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Its hip hop labels… interscope isnt a rap label and Wu Tang is a group not a label

  8. Tru Diamond on February 13, 2014 at 3:31 am
  9. DesFly on September 28, 2014 at 6:27 am

    connect mixtape soon check our site for good music if you agree click
    like 19k

  10. mike on November 26, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    where is stones throw???? you dudes obviously have no clue.

    • Dominic Toone on November 30, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      tommy boy aswell

  11. joel on January 13, 2015 at 10:53 am

    aftermath sell billions of cds with eminem now with kendrick two of the greatests ever in my opinion it should at least be mantioned or ifen take the first place with the domination that eminem achived in the game around the 2000s (marshelmathers lp 12 times platin means 12 million cds sell) and now kendricks cumming up on the throne plus the influence dre had on nwa and deathrow

  12. Patrick1986 on February 23, 2015 at 4:50 pm Hip Hop Label Germany

  13. Sterling Archer on February 24, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Good list but I would replace cold chilling with Aftermath. Suave House,No Limit, and Rap A Lot basically helped me through my awkward teen years during the 90’s. Southern Rap will never be the same.

  14. Yousaf on June 12, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    ha, this list is an absolute joke. Have you seen the top 2? fucking bullshit shouldn’t even be on the list.