Rockland Records

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Rockland Records
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Parent company Interscope Records
Founded 1998
Founder R. Kelly
Distributor(s) Interscope
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location Chicago, Illinois

Rockland Records is an american record label founded by R&B recording artist and record producer R. Kelly in 1998, Having distribution from Interscope Records. The label was home to recording artists such as Kelly himself, Sparkle, Boo & Gotti among others. The label has released four albums certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The label is known for songs like Fiesta (Remix), Fortunate, Be Careful and What Would You Do?. The label is currently inactive but Kelly still owns the Rockland Records imprint.

History[edit]

Singer R. Kelly founded the record label during 1998.

Kelly founded Rockland Records in 1998, in conjunction with Universal Music Group, shortly before releasing his third solo album (R.). Rockland's artists included Sparkle, rappers Boo & Gotti, Talent, and Vegas Cats (the latter two groups never released an album) among others. The soundtrack to the 1999 Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy movie Life was released on the Rockland label, and Sparkle was the first artist to release an album on the label. Despite various conflicts between Sparkle and the label, her debut album performed well, going platinum. The album's most popular track was a duet between Kelly and Sparkle titled "Be Careful".[1][2]

The label's roster included artists Sparkle, Boo & Gotti, Talent, Vegas Cats, Lady, Frankie and Secret Weapon.[3][4][5]

In October 13, 1998 a posthumous single by 2Pac was released featuring label group mate "Talent", the song was Changes and is now known as one of the greatest rap songs of all time.[6] Talent later released their own single called "Celebrity" from their album "Bulls Eye", which was a minor hit, peaking at number 90 on the R&B/Hip Hop chart.[7]

In 1998, the label's first artist, Sparkle released her debut self-titled album, Sparkle. In addition to producing and writing the project, Kelly made vocal contribution to the hit duet "Be Careful," which contributed largely to the album's success. The album was certified platinum in December 2000.[8] In 1999, Kelly wrote and produced the soundtrack to the Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy movie Life, which features tracks from K-Ci & JoJo, Maxwell, Mýa, and Destiny's Child. The soundtrack was released on the Rockland label.[3][9] Rockland artists Sparkle, Talent, and Vegas Cats all appeared on the Life soundtrack.

Boo & Gotti and Vegas Cats appeared on R. Kelly's albums, R. and TP-2.com, as well as a freestyle from Boo & Gotti on The Fast and the Furious soundtrack, making several references to Rockland. Production duo Trackmasters(also known as Poke & Tone) were a part of the label at that time, producing many of the songs from Rockland Records.

Sparkle Conflicts[edit]

The conflicts between Sparkle and her label were many. First, Sparkle was dropped from the label for refusing to show up to work unless her boyfriend, Steve Huff, was allowed to work on her next project. In addition, she was released several times for insubordinance.

Later, Sparkle was released for good and she went to Motown to record the album Told You So. The album's only minor hit was "It's A Fact" which reached #62 on the R&B charts.[10] Sparkle tried to team up with Kelly once more but was unable, due to past issues.[11]

After Kelly refused to work with Sparkle, she claimed her niece was in a sex tape having sex with R. Kelly, which Kelly, the girl, and her parents all denied.[12]

Future[edit]

After dealing with the disloyal, ungrateful artists he tried to help out, R. Kelly shelved the label and focused on producing and writing songs. Boo & Gotti and Vegas Cats appeared on the R. Kelly albums R. and TP-2.com, as well as a freestyle from Boo & Gotti on The Fast and the Furious soundtrack, making several references to Rockland. Sparkle, Talent, and Vegas Cats all appeared on the Life soundtrack. Boo & Gotti would go to Cash Money Records.[13][14]

The label is currently inactive but Kelly still owns the Rockland Records imprint, the last time something was released from the label was 2004, with the second Jay-Z & R. Kelly collaboration album, Unfinished Business.

Artists[edit]

Former acts[edit]

Act Years
on the label
Releases
under the label
R. Kelly Founder 2
Sparkle 1998–1999 1
Boo & Gotti 1998–2001
Talent 1998–2001
Vegas Cats 1998–2001
Lady 1998–2001
Frankie 1998–2001
Secret Weapon 1998–2001

Discography[edit]

Artist Album Details
Sparkle Sparkle
Various artists Life (soundtrack)
R. Kelly The Best of Both Worlds
(w/ Jay-Z)
R. Kelly Unfinished Business
(w/ Jay-Z)

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