Aftermath Entertainment

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Aftermath Entertainment
Aftermath Logo Black.png
Parent companyUniversal Music Group
FoundedMarch 22, 1996; 26 years ago (1996-03-22)
FounderDr. Dre
StatusActive
Distributor(s)Interscope Geffen A&M
(In the US)
Polydor Records
(In the UK)
Universal Music Group
(Worldwide)
GenreHip hop
Country of originUnited States
LocationSanta Monica, California

Aftermath Entertainment is an American record label founded by hip hop producer and rapper Dr. Dre. It operates as a subsidiary of, and is distributed through, Interscope Records.

Current acts include Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic, with former acts including 50 Cent, The Game, Busta Rhymes and many others.

History[edit]

Upon his departure from Death Row Records on March 22, 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. In the autumn of 1997, Aftermath released the only collaborative project by hip hop supergroup The Firm (composed of Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ 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,[2] it sold below commercial expectation. The group subsequently disbanded.

Upon recommendation from Interscope head Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre signed Eminem on March 9, 1998.[3] The following year (1999), Eminem's major-label debut album, The Slim Shady LP was released. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, went on to be certified quadruple platinum, and arguably became the label's first successful album 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.[4]

Aftermath released 50 Cent's multi-platinum major-label debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin' through a joint venture with Shady in 2003.

The Game, who signed with the label in 2003, also released his debut album The Documentary through a joint venture with 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 in 2006.

Busta Rhymes was also signed and released one album before later being dropped from the label due to conflict with Interscope head, Iovine.[5] 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.[6] Stat Quo was also released from the label in 2008, citing differences in direction.[7]

In January 2010, it was revealed that Bishop Lamont had left the label due to the repeated delay of his debut, The Reformation,[8] while long time Aftermath R&B singer, Marsha Ambrosius, had also left the label.[9]

On March 8, 2012, it was announced that Kendrick Lamar had officially signed with the label.[10]

On October 15, 2013, Jon Connor announced his signing to Aftermath during the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.[11]

On February 20, 2014, 50 Cent announced his departure from his Interscope record deal which included his deal with Aftermath and Shady.[12]

On August 7, 2015, Dr. Dre released his latest album, Compton.[13]

Artists[edit]

Current acts[edit]

Act Year
signed
Releases
under the label
Dr. Dre Founder 2
Eminem 1998 11
Kendrick Lamar 2012 5
Anderson .Paak[14] 2016 2
Silk Sonic 2021 1

Former acts[edit]

Act Years on
the label
Releases
under the label
Group Therapy 1996—1997
The Firm 1996—1998 1
RBX 1996—1999
King T 1996—2001
Dawn Robinson 1997—2001
Hittman 1998—2000
Rakim[15] 2000—2002
The Last Emperor 2000—2003
Truth Hurts 2001—2003 1
50 Cent[16] 2002—2014 5
The Game 2003—2006 1
Stat Quo 2003—2008
Eve 1998
2004—2007
Busta Rhymes 2004—2008 1
Dion[17] 2005—2007
G.A.G.E.[18] 2005—2007
Raekwon 2005—2008
Bishop Lamont 2005—2010
Joell Ortiz 2006—2008
Marsha Ambrosius 2006—2009
Hayes[19] 2009—2010
Slim the Mobster 2009—2012
Jon Connor 2013—2019
Justus 2015—2016

Current producers[edit]

Former producers[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Artist Album Details
The Firm The Album
  • Released: October 21, 1997
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[25]
  • RIAA certification: Gold[2]
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
  • Released: February 23, 1999
  • Chart positions: #2 U.S.[26]
  • RIAA certification: 4× Platinum[27]
Dr. Dre 2001
  • Released: November 16, 1999
  • Chart positions: #2 U.S.[28]
  • RIAA certification: 6× Platinum[29]
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
  • Released: May 23, 2000
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[30]
  • RIAA certification: Diamond[31]
The Eminem Show
  • Released: May 26, 2002
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[32]
  • RIAA certification: Diamond[33]
Truth Hurts Truthfully Speaking
  • Released: June 25, 2002
  • Chart positions: #5 U.S.[34]
  • RIAA certification: —
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin'
(released with Shady)
  • Released: February 6, 2003
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[35]
  • RIAA certification: 9× Platinum[36]
Eminem Encore
  • Released: November 12, 2004
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[37]
  • RIAA certification: 4× Platinum[38]
The Game The Documentary
(released with G-Unit)
  • Released: January 18, 2005
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[39]
  • RIAA certification: 2× Platinum[40]
50 Cent The Massacre
(released with Shady)
  • Released: March 3, 2005
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[41]
  • RIAA certification: 6× Platinum[42]
Busta Rhymes The Big Bang
  • Released: June 13, 2006
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[43]
  • RIAA certification: Gold[44]
50 Cent Curtis
(released with Shady)
  • Released: September 11, 2007
  • Chart positions: #2 U.S.[45]
  • RIAA certification: Platinum[46]
Eminem Relapse
  • Released: May 15, 2009
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: 2× Platinum[47]
50 Cent Before I Self Destruct
(released with Shady)
  • Released: November 9, 2009
  • Chart positions: #4 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold[48]
Eminem Recovery
  • Released: June 18, 2010
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: 3× Platinum[49]
Kendrick Lamar Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
(released with Top Dawg)
  • Released: October 22, 2012
  • Chart positions: #2 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: 3× Platinum
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
  • Released: November 5, 2013
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: 4× Platinum[50]
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
(released with Top Dawg)
  • Released: March 15, 2015
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
Dr. Dre Compton
  • Released: August 7, 2015
  • Chart positions: #2 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
Kendrick Lamar Damn
(released with Top Dawg)
  • Released: April 14, 2017
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: 3× Platinum[51]
Eminem Revival
(released with Shady)
  • Released: December 15, 2017
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold[52]
Kamikaze
(released with Shady)
  • Released: August 31, 2018
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum[53]
Anderson .Paak Oxnard
(released with 12Tone Music)
  • Released: November 16, 2018
  • Chart positions: #11 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: —
Ventura
(released with 12Tone Music)
  • Released: April 12, 2019
  • Chart positions: #4 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: —
Eminem Music to Be Murdered By
(released with Shady)
  • Released: January 17, 2020
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
Silk Sonic An Evening with Silk Sonic
(released with Atlantic)
  • Released: November 12, 2021
  • Chart positions: #2 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: —
Kendrick Lamar Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
(released with Top Dawg and PGLang)
  • Released: May 13, 2022
  • Chart positions: —
  • RIAA certification: —

Compilation albums[edit]

Artist Album Details
Various Artists Dr. Dre Presents: The Aftermath
The Wash
  • Released: November 6, 2001
  • Chart positions: #19 U.S.[56]
  • RIAA certification: Gold[57]
Eminem Curtain Call: The Hits
  • Released: December 6, 2005
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.[58]
  • RIAA certification: 7× Platinum[59]
Kendrick Lamar Untitled Unmastered
(released with Top Dawg)
  • Released: March 4, 2016
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: —
50 Cent Best of 50 Cent
(released with Shady)
  • Released: March 31, 2017
  • Chart position: #135 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: —
Various Artists Black Panther
(released with Top Dawg)[60]
  • Released: February 9, 2018
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum

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