Aftermath Entertainment

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This article is about the American record label founded by Dr. Dre. For the Norwegian record label, see Aftermath Music.
Aftermath Entertainment
Aftermath entertainment.jpg
Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1996
Founder Dr. Dre
Distributor(s) Interscope Geffen A&M
(In the US)
Polydor Records
(In the UK)
Universal Music Group
(Worldwide)
Genre Hip hop
Country of origin United States
Location Santa Monica, California
Official website aftermathmusic.com

Aftermath Entertainment is an American record label founded by hip hop artist and producer Dr. Dre. It operates as a subsidiary of, and is distributed through, Universal Music Group's Interscope Records. Current acts include Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Jon Connor with former acts including 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Game, Eve, Raekwon, Rakim and many others. The labels acts over the years have earned RIAA certifications of platinum or higher on 16 of its 20 released albums.

History[edit]

Upon his departure from Death Row Records in June 1996, Dr. Dre quickly launched Aftermath Entertainment through Interscope Records. It was founded as a "boutique label" that prides itself on "quality over quantity", focusing on small numbers of high-profile releases.[1]

Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath was released towards the year's end, featuring artists who were amongst the label's first signees (most of the acts featured, however, quickly became disassociated with the company). In 1997, Dawn Robinson announced her departure from the R&B group En Vogue and that she had signed with Aftermath.[2] Before the year's end, however, she abruptly left the label, claiming that Dr. Dre had been too slow to get the ball rolling on her project.

In the autumn of 1997, Aftermath released the only collaborative project by hip hop super-group The Firm (composed of AZ, Foxy Brown, Nas, and Nature). Despite the highly anticipated album featuring production and cameo appearances by Dr. Dre himself, debuting atop the Billboard 200 and being certified platinum,[3] it sold below commercial expectation. The group subsequently disbanded. Aftermath's next release was supposed to be by rapper King Tee. His album, however, was shelved, and King Tee was released from his contractual obligations in 2001.[4] Last Emperor had also been signed during this time, but was shelved due to creative differences with an A&R at Aftermath.[5]

Upon recommendation from Interscope Records head, Jimmy Iovine, Aftermath signed now multi-platinum rapper Eminem in 1998. The following year, Eminem's major label debut, The Slim Shady LP was released. The album topped the Billboard albums chart, went on to be certified quadruple platinum, and arguably became the label's first successful release. Also in 1999, Aftermath released 2001, Dr. Dre's follow-up to his 1992 album, The Chronic. The album went on to be certified six-times-platinum.

Several more artists were signed to, and later dropped from Aftermath, including Hittman and Rakim due to production conflicts. Legal troubles forced singer Truth Hurts to subsequently get dropped from the label after her album's release.[6] Aftermath released 50 Cent's multi-platinum major label debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin' through a joint venture with Shady Records in 2003. Rapper The Game, who signed with the label in 2003, also released his debut album The Documentary through a joint venture with 50 Cent's G-Unit Records in 2005. Shortly after the release of The Documentary, tension between The Game and 50 Cent ignited, resulting in The Game leaving Aftermath Entertainment in mid-2006.

Busta Rhymes was also signed and released one album before later being dropped from the label due to conflict with Interscope head, Jimmy Iovine.[7] His album, then titled Blessed, since retitled Back on My B.S., was to be released on Aftermath. It was later reported that when he signed a deal with Universal Motown, the album would be released on his label, Flipmode Entertainment, through his Universal Motown deal.[8] Stat Quo was also released from the label in 2008, citing differences in direction.[9] In early 2009, Slim the Mobster signed to Aftermath in a joint venture with Shady Records and G-Unit Records. But later he was moved just to Aftermath.[10] While in late 2009, Detroit rapper Hayes was signed to a joint venture with Timbaland's Mosley Music Group but was later released from his contract.[11]

In January 2010, it was revealed that Bishop Lamont had left the label due to the repeated delay of his debut, The Reformation,[12] while long time Aftermath R&B singer, Marsha Ambrosius, had also left the label.[13]

Later in January 2010, Game posted a twitpic of him wearing a lot of Aftermath chains with a caption saying "It's funny how things come Full Circle". Later he confirmed that he had returned to Aftermath Entertainment, however it was later confirmed he did not resign to the label.[14][15]

In October 2011, Dr. Dre started to work with his protégés Slim the Mobster and Kendrick Lamar.[16] On October 17, 2012, Slim the Mobster was officially released from the label.[17] In March, 2012, it was announced that Kendrick Lamar had officially signed with the label.[18] On October 15, 2013, during the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards Flint, Michigan rapper Jon Connor announced his signing to Aftermath Entertainment.[19]

On February 20, 2014, 50 Cent announced his departure from his Interscope record deal which included his deal with Aftermath Entertainment and Shady Records.[20] On May 14, 2014, it was revealed that trap producer Yogi signed to Aftermath as a producer and to Skrillex's OWSLA label as a recording artist. [21]

Artists[edit]

Current acts[edit]

Act Year
signed
Releases
under the label
Dr. Dre 1996 1
Eminem 1998 8
Kendrick Lamar 2012 1
Jon Connor 2013

Former acts[edit]

Discography[edit]

Artist Album Details
Various Artists Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath
The Firm The Album
  • Released: October 21, 1997
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[37]
  • RIAA certification: Platinum[3]
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
  • Released: February 23, 1999
  • Chart positions: #2 U.S.[38]
  • RIAA certification: 5× Platinum[39]
Dr. Dre 2001
  • Released: November 16, 1999
  • Chart positions: #2 U.S.[40]
  • RIAA certification: 6× Platinum[41]
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
(released with Shady)
  • Released: May 23, 2000
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[42]
  • RIAA certification: Diamond[43]
Various Artists The Wash
  • Released: September 25, 2001
  • Chart positions: #19 U.S.[44]
Eminem The Eminem Show
(released with Shady)
  • Released: May 28, 2002
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[45]
  • RIAA certification: Diamond[46]
Truth Hurts Truthfully Speaking
  • Released: June 25, 2002
  • Chart positions: #5 U.S.[47]
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin'
(released with Shady)
  • Released: February 6, 2003
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[48]
  • RIAA certification: 6× Platinum[49]
Eminem Encore
(released with Shady)
  • Released: November 12, 2004
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[50]
  • RIAA certification: 5× Platinum[51]
The Game The Documentary
(released with G-Unit)
  • Released: January 18, 2005
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[52]
  • RIAA certification: 2× Platinum[53]
50 Cent The Massacre
(released with Shady)
  • Released: March 3, 2005
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[54]
  • RIAA certification: 5× Platinum[55]
Eminem Curtain Call: The Hits
(released with Shady)
  • Released: December 6, 2005
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[56]
  • RIAA certification: 2× Platinum[57]
Busta Rhymes The Big Bang
(released with Flipmode)
  • Released: June 13, 2006
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[58]
  • RIAA certification: Gold[59]
50 Cent Curtis
(released with Shady)
  • Released: September 11, 2007
  • Chart positions: #2 U.S.[60]
  • RIAA certification: Platinum[61]
Eminem Relapse
(released with Shady)
  • Released: May 15, 2009
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: 2× Platinum[62]
50 Cent Before I Self Destruct
(released with Shady)
  • Released: November 9, 2009
  • Chart positions: #4 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold[61]
Eminem Recovery
(released with Shady)
  • Released: June 18, 2010
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: 4× Platinum[63]
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
(released with Top Dawg)
  • Released: October 22, 2012
  • Chart positions: #2 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
(released with Shady)
  • Released: November 5, 2013
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: 2× Platinum

Upcoming releases[edit]

List of upcoming studio album releases
Artist Album details
Kendrick Lamar
  • Title: TBA
  • Release date: 2015

DVDs[edit]

References[edit]

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