GOOD Music

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GOOD Music
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Parent company The Island Def Jam Music Group
Founded 2004
Founder Kanye West
Distributor(s) Island Def Jam
(Worldwide)
Virgin EMI Records
(In the UK)
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location New York City, New York

GOOD (Getting Out Our Dreams) Music is an American record label founded by hip hop recording artist and record producer Kanye West in 2004. The label is home to recording artists such as West himself, Big Sean, Pusha T, Mos Def, John Legend, D'banj and Teyana Taylor, among others. The label also houses a roster of producers including Hudson Mohawke, Jeff Bhasker, No I.D., Q-Tip, S1 and Travi$ Scott. The label has released seven albums certified gold or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

History[edit]

2004–07[edit]

Rapper Kanye West founded the record label during 2004.

West founded GOOD Music in 2004, in conjunction with Sony BMG, shortly after releasing his debut album, The College Dropout. John Legend and Common, along with West himself, were the label's inaugural members.[1]

Legend's Get Lifted (2004) was the label's first album release and led to eight nominations and three, wins at the 2006 Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Best R&B Album.[2] In October 2006, Legend released his second album, Once Again, which won a Grammy for the song "Heaven".[3]

Common was one of the label's first signees.

Common's Be (2005), the label's second release, was the recipient of four Grammy Award nominations. Common's description of the album's development and production speaks to the process of GOOD Music label:[1]

"Not only do I love Kanye creatively and as a brother, but we doing business with a vision. I will be forever loyal to Kanye because I was in between labels when we started Be, and he produced the whole thing before he ever got a check."

—Common

The label continued to add to its roster, signing GLC, Really Doe, Malik Yusef, Tony Williams and Consequence to join its inaugural members.[4] Founder Kanye West's second studio album, Late Registration, included featured guest appearances by every artist that was signed to GOOD Music's roster at the time of its release in August 2005.[5] In May 2007, Detroit rapper Big Sean signed to the label.[6]

2008–2011[edit]

In 2008, West signed British singer-songwriter Mr Hudson, after hearing A Tale of Two Cities. He also signed then up-and-coming rapper Kid Cudi, after hearing his respective work from producer and manager Plain Pat.[7][8] Kid Cudi's debut album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day was released under GOOD Music on September 15, 2009. The album earned three Grammy nominations and was certified Gold by the RIAA.[9] A month later Mr Hudson's solo debut Straight No Chaser, was released.[10]

The label would hold a cypher for the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards in June, that featured West, Common, Big Sean and new signee Cyhi the Prynce.[11] In late 2010, West released several tracks featuring himself, and others members of the GOOD Music roster, in a free weekly giveaway known as, G.O.O.D. Fridays.[12] In September 2010, West signed Brooklyn rapper Mos Def to GOOD Music.[13] and shortly afterwards Consequence released a diss track and left the label.[14] The following month Pusha T announced his signing.[15] Late in 2010, Kid Cudi released his second studio album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, followed by West's fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.[16][17]

In April 2011, West signed Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest as a producer.[18] and signed upcoming producer Hit-Boy to Very G.O.O.D. Beats.[19] In 2011, West signed Nigerian artists D'banj and Don Jazzy.[20] In June 2011, GOOD Music signed their first distribution agreement, with Def Jam Recordings.[21][22] Big Sean's debut Finally Famous was the first album released by GOOD Music with distribution by Def Jam.

2012–present[edit]

Kid Cudi signed to the label in 2008 and left in 2013, following the release of his third album Indicud.

In late 2011, plans were announced for a 2012 release of a GOOD Music compilation album, later revealed to be titled Cruel Summer.[23] The album's lead single "Mercy", was released on April 6, 2012 and features verses from Kanye West, Pusha T and Big Sean, as well as GOOD Music affiliate 2 Chainz.[24] The album was also preceded by the singles "New God Flow" and "Clique", the latter of which peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and features West and Big Sean rapping alongside Jay-Z.[25] Cruel Summer was released on September 18, 2012. It was accompanied by the eponymous short film Cruel Summer, which was shot in Qatar; the film premiered at Cannes Film Festival.[26] The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.[27]

In late 2012, Q-Tip hinted at a follow up album to Cruel Summer, possibly titled Cruel Winter. Teyana Taylor and Travi$ Scott also hinted at the album on Twitter. In an interview with DJ Semtex, Big Sean confirmed the album was coming and that he's worked on a track for it. Later, John Legend confirmed the album and said he's made tracks for it in an interview with Rolling Stone.[28] However in January 2013, former GOOD Music member Common squashed these rumors by saying that everyone, himself included, is too focused on solo projects as Cruel Summer acted as a launching pad for them.[29] However GOOD Music artist Travi$ Scott would later insist the album would still be released.[30] Big Sean also said that the project would be released sooner than people thought.[31] On June 27, 2013 Cyhi the Prynce said that Cruel Winter could be released by the end of the year, and it was up to Def Jam to greenlight the project.[32]

In January 2013, Scottish record producer and DJ Hudson Mohawke, announced that he had signed to the production arm of G.O.O.D. Music - Very G.O.O.D. Beats.[33] In April 2013, Kid Cudi announced on Power 106 that he was no longer with the label, leaving on amicable terms.[34] On June 29, 2013 producer Hit-Boy of Very G.O.O.D. Beats announced that his contract expired and that he was no longer signed to GOOD Music.[35]

Artists[edit]

Singer John Legend has been signed to the label since 2004 and has released five studio albums on it.
Mos Def has been signed to GOOD Music since 2010.

Current acts[edit]

Act Year
signed
Releases
under the label
John Legend 2004 5
Malik Yusef 2005 1
Big Sean 2007 2
CyHi the Prynce[36] 2010
Mos Def
Pusha T 2011 2
D'banj 1
Q-Tip 2012
Teyana Taylor 1
Ryan McDermott[37]

Former acts[edit]

Act Years
on the label
Releases
under the label
Sa-Ra 2005–2007
Really Doe 2004–2008
GLC 2004–2010
Tony Williams[38][39] 2004–2010
Common 2004–2010 3
Consequence 2004–2011 1
Kid Cudi[40] 2008–2013 3
Mr Hudson 2008–2013 1

Very G.O.O.D. Beats[edit]

A Tribe Called Quest member Q-Tip produces for the label's production wing.

GOOD Music also houses a production wing known as "Very G.O.O.D. Beats". It serves as a group of in-house producers signed to the label. They frequently provide co-production to the albums released on the label.

Current producers[edit]

Former producers[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • As of June 2011, all releases are distributed by Def Jam Recordings, unless otherwise noted.
Artist Album Details
John Legend Get Lifted
(released with Columbia)
Common Be
(released with Geffen)
  • Released: May 24, 2005
  • Chart position: #2 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
John Legend Once Again
(released with Columbia)
  • Released: October 24, 2006
  • Chart position: #3 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
Consequence Don't Quit Your Day Job!
(released with Columbia)
  • Released: March 6, 2007
  • Chart position: #113 U.S.
Common Finding Forever
(released with Geffen)
  • Released: July 31, 2007
  • Chart position: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
John Legend Evolver
(released with Columbia)
  • Released: October 28, 2008
  • Chart position: #4 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
Common Universal Mind Control
(released with Geffen)
  • Released: December 9, 2008
  • Chart position: #12 U.S.
Malik Yusef G.O.O.D. Morning, G.O.O.D. Night
  • Released: June 2, 2009
  • Chart position: —
Kid Cudi Man on the Moon
(released with Universal Motown)
  • Released: September 15, 2009
  • Chart position: #4 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
Mr Hudson Straight No Chaser
  • Released: October 19, 2009
  • Chart position: #25 UK
John Legend and The Roots Wake Up!
(released with Columbia)
  • Released: September 21, 2010
  • Chart position: #8 U.S.
Kid Cudi Man on the Moon II
(released with Universal Motown)
  • Released: November 9, 2010
  • Chart position: #3 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
Big Sean Finally Famous
  • Released: June 28, 2011
  • Chart position: #3 U.S.
Pusha T Fear of God II: Let Us Pray
  • Released: November 8, 2011
  • Chart position: #66 U.S.
GOOD Music Cruel Summer
  • Released: September 18, 2012
  • Chart position: #2 U.S.
Kid Cudi Indicud
(released with Republic)
  • Released: April 16, 2013
  • Chart position: #2 U.S.
Big Sean Hall of Fame
  • Released: August 27, 2013
  • Chart position: #3 U.S.
John Legend Love in the Future
(released with Columbia)
  • Released: September 3, 2013
  • Chart position: #4 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
Pusha T My Name Is My Name
  • Released: October 8, 2013
  • Chart position: #4 U.S.
Teyana Taylor VII
  • Released: November 4, 2014
  • Chart position: #19 U.S.

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