Today, plenty of great hip-hop record labels are putting out quality material, with a variety of different styles for all type of listener. Sure, there are the major players, who seem to swallow up every act that starts gaining popularity. From those, however, come the imprints - the more personalized record labels, tailored with a certain style in mind. Many of those labels are often founded by rappers, tailored to help the artists they believe in. 

Below, we've compiled a list of some of the game's key players, from Quality Control to TDE. And while each of these labels are responsible for some excellent work, you probably have a personal favorite you'd like to ride for. So, why not do exactly that? Take a second and hold it down for your favorite label, and sound off below - what makes it your favorite? The style? The discography? The roster? Remember, this isn't a comprehensive breakdown of every record label or imprint in the game, so if we missed your favorite, feel free to represent for them in the comment section.


Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE)

Founder: Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith

Roster: Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, SZA, Isaiah Rashad, SZA, Lance Skiiiwalker, and SiR,

Notable Work: Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid Maad City,ScHoolboy Q - Oxymoron, Ab-Soul - Do What Thou Wilt, SZA - CTRL, Jay Rock - 90059

October’s Very Own (OVO)

Founders: Drake, 40, Oliver El-Khatib

Roster: Drake, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Majid Jordan, OB O'Brien, Roy Woods, dvsn, Plaza and Baka Not Nice

Notable Work: Drake - Take Care, PARTYNEXTDOOR - PartyNextDoor3, Majid Jordan - The Space Between, dvsn - Morning After

G.O.O.D. Music

Founder: Kanye West

Roster: Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, CyHi Tha Prynce, Teyana Taylor, Kacy Hill, HLXT, Desiigner, Francis And The Lights, Valee

Notable Work: Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Pusha T - My Name Is My Name, Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise, CyHi Tha Prynce - No Dope On Sundays

Quality Control

Founder: Coach K & Pee

Roster: Migos, Lil Yachty, Johnny Cinco, OG Maco, Young Greatness, Skippa da Flippa, Jose Guapo, Lil Baby

Notable Work: Migos - Culture, Lil Yachty - Lil Boat, Control The Streets Vol 1

Shady Records

Founder: Eminem

Roster: Eminem, Bad Meets Evil, D12, Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf, Westside Gunn, Conway, Boogie

Notable Work: Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP, D12 - Devil’s Night,Bad Meets Evil - Bad Meets Evil, Yelawolf - Love Story, Shady XV

Strange Music

Founder:Tech N9ne

Roster: Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Big Scoob, ¡MAYDAY!, Prozak, CES Cru,Darrein Safron, Stevie Stone, Wrekonize, Rittz

Notable Work: Tech N9ne - Absolute Power, Krizz Kaliko - Vitiligo, ¡MAYDAY! - Future Vintage


Founder: J. Cole

Roster:  Ari Lennox, Bas, Cozz, Omen, Lute, J.I.D, EarthGang

Notable Work: J Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive, J.I.D. - The Never Story, EarthGang - Rags/Robots

Cash Money/Young Money

Founder: Birdman/Lil Wayne

Roster: Birdman, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Gudda Gudda, Jacquees, Sy Ari Da Kid, Cory Gunz

Notable Work: Lil Wayne - Tha Carter Series, Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint, Drake - Nothing Was The Same

Maybach Music Group (MMG) 

Founder: Rick Ross

Roster: Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale, Gunplay, Fat Trel, Rockie Fresh

Notable Work: Rick Ross - Rather You Than Me, Meek Mill - Wins And Losses, Wale - The Album About Nothing