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How big of an influence does Interscope records have on hip hop?
Right now there is a lot of focus on the booming music industry and a lot of this attention is focused on hip-hop and it’s new rap songs. Hip hop is one of the many forms of musical expression, and this particular form has made its way into huge industry and is growing daily with the rise of many record labels,new rap songs,new rap artist and many artists aspiring to make it to the top of the charts.Are you a inspiring aritst? In hip hop’s history there have been a number of different record labels that have had their fair share of success in the industry like
• Rostrum records
Pittsburgh has been in the spotlight lately because of its budding rap star Mac Miller.Are you a fan of Mac Miller? Donald Trump said Mac is the next Eminem do you agree? Miller has an impressive feat under his belt with a long list of new rap songs that hit underground and mainstream. His album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts after selling more than 144,000 copies of Blue Slide Park. With no major label or radio push, the 19-year-old has made history as a breakout rapper, who managed to cultivate a massive following on the Internet through a pair of mixtapes 2010’s K.I.D.S and 2011’s Best Day Ever. The label’s other triumph card is Wiz Khalifa and his Taylor Gang movement, another artist who has a steady stream of popular mixtapes and blew up with Kush & Orange Juice. Its latest signee Lola Monroe is a female rapper waiting to shake the game up as Taylor Gang’s first lady. Independent record labels have their share of successes; just check Strange Music and Rhymesayers Entertainment’s growth over the years. So don’t be surprised if the upstart Rostrum Records becomes the next big thing in 2012.
• Young Money, Cash Money Records
Every year, YMCMB makes headlines. Just look at their past announcements: A Young Money debit card, a 14-year-old singing and dancing sensation Torion Sellers and strengthening the YMCMB roster with recent signees Busta Rhymes and Mystikal. Add two best-selling albums, Lil’ Wayne’s Tha Carter 4 and Drake’s Take Care, Nicki Minaj winning two honors at this year’s the American Music Awards and everything is kosher over at the YMCMB headquarters and they seem not to be running out of any new rap songs soon. 2012 is shaping up to be another good year in the making with Nicki’s sophomore effort Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and the rest of the crew (Tyga, Bow Wow) climbing aboard YMCMB’s ascendant. Wayne, Birdman and Slim have come a long way since their Hot Boyz days, so expect this powerhouse to command the hip-hop game come 2012.
• Shady 2.0
If our cover boys aren’t enough evidence, Shady Records has all the momentum going into 2012. At this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards, the Shady 2.0 cipher was undisputed as the best. It also served as a point of making lyricism a dividing factor against the competition. Much like Eminem, the latest acquisitions of new rap artist Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf exemplify what Shady Records as a force can bring to hip-hop. Yela’s debut Radioactive is a compelling showcase for the speedy MC and each member of Slaughterhouse – Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’ 9’’ and Crooked I – all have solo albums on the way, as well as a highly anticipated sophomore collective album. Em reviving his label is just the beginning as they enter 2012 on some high notes.
• Maybach Music
Rick Ross has been sitting comfortably at number two for a while. Another New Year’s Resolution alongside healthier practices is taking over the rap game with Maybach Music Group. A resilient recovery from two seizures only shows the Bawse works harder than anybody. His dream team comprises Wale, Meek Mill, Pill, Stalley and the lovely Teedra Moses. Of course, the focus has been on superstars Mill and Wale, the former taking over the streets this year with records like “Tupac Back” and “Ima Boss,” and the latter taking advantage of a new career second phase with Ambition. Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t has fans gravitating toward the commercial rap kingpin, speculating its release date and guest appearances. His team all have pending debuts and many new rap songs in circulation, especially Mill and Pill who have fans awaiting some lyrical heat, and another upcoming talent showcase in Self Made Vol. 2. Cue lady who says “Maybach Music!” to ring in the New Year.
• G.O.O.D Music
Getting out our dreams is a motto best followed by the vision of founder Kanye West. While The Throne is busy setting records for how many times they can replay “N***as In Paris,” the rest of Kanye’s crew stayed true to the label’s school of thought. In particular, Big Sean has clearly become the life of the party since his initial freestyle to ‘Ye, that scored both a deal and an impressive debut Finally Famous. Common’s One Day It’ll All Make Sense is a riveting memoir and earned him a reputation as an established author. Pusha-T’s cocaine raps will continue to further his stardom and CyHi Da Prynce’s mixtape hustle is deeming him the new prince of the underground. And let’s not forget the G.O.O.D. Music compilation album with ‘Ye and Hit-Boy already offering production credits. In short, G.O.O.D. Music is a prime contender for the number one spot in 2012.
And there is Interscope records, established a while ago, they have had their fair share of success and they are still very popular for past and present artists and past and present productions, the record has undoubtedly made an impact on the industry and maybe even the entire definition of hip hop itself. Interscope records is a record label that was founded back in 1990 by Interscope communications and Jimmy Iovine, an American music producer and entrepreneur, with financial aid from Atlantic records, and back then Atlantic records owned a 53% stock in the label.
Originally the record focused on hip hop and urban music, but by the mid-2000s, the range of the label began to grow to accommodate industrial rock artists like Nine Inch Nails and Latin kings of flow.
In 2004 Geffen records and A&M records were merged into Interscope, Dream works records was also added and the collaboration brought other artists like Papa Roach, Nelly Furtado, Life house, the all American rejects, Rise against, Jimmy eat world and many more artists also joined the large record label. Then in 2005, Interscope records created a new label called Cherrytree Records for new and upcoming artists starting with a group called The love makers and later signing other groups like Far east movement, Tokio hotel, mindless behaviour, Roscoe Dash, Robyn and many more. The record label has been growing ever since its inception and the artists it has produced have redefined hip hop in a way that makes it safe to say that Interscope records has left foot prints in hip hop.
Now let’s move on to how they have influenced todays music as we know it. The label is famous for producing some incredible talent along the years some of the more popular and very successful artists that the record has produced are rappers like
• Dr Dre
Dr dre, back in the early and mid-1990s, the first major album of the record label since Death Row records merged with Interscope back in 2002 was Dr dre’s album, “the chronic” and this album went on to make platinum three times, with over four million sales in the United states alone.
• Tupac Shakur
Well though before the time of some a lot of young people out there today, the legendary Tupac Shakur made some great contributions to the record label. By 1996 he had already released five albums including “2pacalypse now” and “All Eyez On Me” these two albums went on to make a great impact on the way the world viewed the rapper and he is still arguably named one of the best rappers even till today, sadly he was shot and killed in seven months after the release of “All eyes on me,” his death was a big blow not only to Interscope records but to hip hops as we know it.
In 1999 after the Geffin and A&M merged with Interscope, Dr Dre founded aftermath, a sub division of Interscope that he ran himself, and then there came along one of the best talents that the music industry had ever seen, the best rapper alive, selling 741,000 copies of his last studio album in its first week of release, Eminem.
Eminem can be argued to be the rapper that changed the face of hip hop forever, he was signed on to Interscope after the founder, Jimmy Iovine requested a demo tape in1998 and he listened to it with Dr Dre, his first major album, Slim Shady LP, introduced him to the world as the first huge Caucasian rapper. The his second studio album came along, the Marshal Mathers LP, on record as the fastest selling album in history selling more than 1.76 million copies in the United States just in the first week of release, featuring record hits like Stan and The Real slim shady. It was not long before the world recognised the talent of this white rapper.
• 50 Cent
This rapper came along and was signed on to interscope records in 2002 after being discovered by Eminem, the rapper came along with his first major studio album in 2003 titled “Get Rich or Die Tryin” the album featured production from Dr. Dre, Eminem and a couple of other artists including then newcomers like Young Buck, Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks, the album debuted at the number one spot on the U.S Billboard 200 chart selling 872,000 copies in its first week of release. 50 cent went on to produce albums like, The Massacre and continued to be a successful addition to Interscope records till now.
• Lady Gaga
Another successful Interscope signing this female legend is one of the most loved artists to ever walk the stage, her empire of loyal fans is impressive and she deserves every single one of them. Lady Gaga is one of the most talented people that Interscope signed and it is not hard her talent showed in her first studio album, FAME which sold over 15 million copies and earned her six Grammy nomination and two awards as well as a host of many other awards. She is also the only artist in the digital era to top the 5 million sales mark with her first two hits.
Interscope records is one of the largest and most successful record labels of all time, they have produced stars that have redefined hip hop, the have come out with albums topping charts, with record sales, ever since their inception way back in 1990. Even till now the record label is still making it big. Interscope records is the first record label in history to claim the top four spots on billboards year end hot 100 song lists with tracks from their star signings like Lady Gaga and The Black Eyed Peas. Interscope records have redefined rap and hip hop music and they show no signs of stopping, I cannot imagine the music industry without such a beast amongst record labels.Do you think there is a record lable out there bigger than Interscope records? As an artist it would be a dream come true to sign to Interscope. What label would you dream to be on?
In this years Coachella performance, an old legend of rap Tupac Shakur was revived right on stage in front of everybody’s eyes. The show hosted Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre and yes Tupac was there too, a lot of people in the audience were shocked to see the legendary rapper on stage. Some fans you could tell from there reaction were in complete awee. This years Coachella show was legendary and had epic rap acts like Dr.Dre,Snoop Dog,50 Cent,Warren G, Wiz Kahlifa and Eminem. You had A-list stars in the crowd and were surfing the area the whole weekend like Paris Hilton,Lindsey Lohen and Rihanna. I’m sure you saw some highlights online right? Well the performance that stole the spotlight was Dr. Dre and Snoop dog were able to resurrect their hommie Tupac and the crowd went wild as he performed “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz most wanted.” There was a lot of buzz about the performance and lots of people had a lot to say about this, well one thing’s for sure it definitely ignited a spark in the memory of the rap idol in a lot of people and it also left the hip hop crowd with a lot to think about. Have you ever seen a Tupac performance?Do you even know what Tupac means to hip hop,rap music,pop music and the new rap songs that are out today?
Dr.Dre is taking responsibility in the idea to bring Tupac back as a hologram and it is said to have costed over five hundred thousand dollars. However this isn’t the first time we have had the opportunity to see something like this, we have seen technology enabling performers like Mariah Carey to be able to perform one concert in five cities at the exact same time. How much money do you thing she got paid for all of those shows? Well the trick is becoming more and more popular in simulating live performances, but are these tricks really what we want to be happening? Looking at things from a more critical perspective should give us a good idea of exactly how these holographic performances,and technology are affecting the music industry. Paying closer attention to the specific Coachella performance that featured the late Tupac Shakur.
• People will begin to disregard the depth of death
Because now that we have this technology we do not really need artists to be alive anymore, with time we might not even care about them, the fact theta they are dead or alive will mean nothing to us. Most people do not know these people personally and the closest most people get is a live concert or performance and as we are now able to get these simulations of live performances with technology, then we do not need these artists anymore, they are dead, so we can live without them. We feel their death because it means we cannot see concerts live, because we love hearing their music, if after they are dead we can still see “live” shows then it completely makes us take their death for granted.
• Our Cravings will be insatiable
Now that we have successfully made a holographic concerts featuring Tupac, we are definitely not going to stop there, people are going to want more, more and more of their favorite artist, regardless of if he is dead or not, and it just does not seem like such a good idea to do something as unethical as hold a holographic concert featuring someone who is no longer alive, this ruins the eagerness of fans for a live performance and it can really have a negative effect on the entire industry, live performances lose their spark and people no longer appreciate talent the way they do right now or the way we used to.
• Technically nobody actually has the right to do so
Just because a person is dead does not mean any Tom, Dick and Harry can come up and decide to make some money off someone else, because that is exactly what this is. As we continue to do this we continue to take advantage of people that are no longer with us, the dead should remain dead and not be made to put up more performances, this gives anybody the opportunity to take advantage of and make money off dead performers.
Well those are some of the negative effects of holograms but some good can also come of this let us take a look at some of the positive effects.
• We can relive those amazing moments
It is always sad when we lose such amazing talent to the hands of death, we have lost quite a few of them and it is safe to say that their loss has left a void in the industry that no one can successfully fill, with holograms we can relive those amazing moments that have happened which we cannot see again. That is exactly what happened in Coachella, the legendary talent of Tupac Shakur was relived that night and alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, a specular and unforgettable show was put on that night.
• Rekindles memories and helps us appreciate what we had
People say that you do not know what you have until its gone, well in this case that might not be more true, after their deaths holographic performances help us to rekindle the memories and appreciate the talent that is no longer with us, we are not going to forget Tupac again anytime soon, that performance reminded us why we called him a legend, and showed him to the people that did not have the opportunity to witness him live.
If you did not have the opportunity to see him at Coachella, the haunting hologram of Tupac will be present at other concerts as the hologram goes on tour with, 50 cent, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. Well the tour is not set in stone yet but it would be the tour of the century,yes century! Tupac,50 cent, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa could sale out every stadium across the world! Do you agree? These groups of super stars,rappers,entertainer, legends or whatever you want to call them all have a deep catalog of music! How much would to go to that concert? Do you think there is another group of artist that could pull this off?
The hip hop industry and all of its talented artists, rappers, singers and everybody down to the producers and composers have gotten a great deal attention from people all around the world especially the younger audiences and this has contributed immensely to the success of the industry, the hip hop and rap industry is one of the most successful there are around and its not hard to see why there are so many people quite literally hustling to get in, talent or no talent. Well the result of the success is evident on the pay check of the artists in the business, and these people do not earn peanuts.
One trend in the hip hop industry is a form of arrogance that the artist exhibit. No doubt they are rich and successful but you will begin to wonder if they earn all this money from selling albums,mixtures and their new rap songs, which is far from true but we will not go into that right now.
The popular designer labels as a result of their price tags have been associated with wealth, one of the popular designers associated with the wealth of successful hip hop artists is Louis Vuitton. What would hip hop,rap music,new rap songs,and pop culture be without Louis Vuitton??
In various new rap songs where the artists brag of wealth for some strange reason, probably out a lack of punch lines, the artists brag about the Louis Vuitton brand a lot and the brand has crept its way into the hip hop industry.
So what does Louis Vuitton mean to hip hop? It’s just another popular brand the a lot of artist brag about in their music. Would Louis Vuitton be as popular if it wasn’t glamorized bye your favorite new rap artist?
The brand is endorsed by quite a few artists and the brand is making significant profits from its involvement in the hip hop industry.
You could say Louis Vuitton means a lot to hip hop, a lot of hip hop artists are into the various products carrying that LV symbol and they just love to strut it. The brand name is very popular in many songs and means quite a lot to the industry, do you think so? Do you own any Louis Vuitton? Keep it real do you have any knock off Louy V?