Fresh Records (US)
|Parent company||Sleeping Bag Records|
|Country of origin||USA|
|Location||New York City, New York|
Fresh Records is a defunct New York City-based independent record label that operated from 1985 to 1992. The label was a subsidiary of Sleeping Bag Records that featured hip hop music. The label's artist roster included pioneering old school hip hop artists such as EPMD, Nice & Smooth, Just-Ice, and T La Rock; house-music pioneer Todd Terry; and electro artists Hanson & Davis and Chocolette.
After closing its doors (along with its parent label) in 1992, the catalog sat in limbo for several years. In 1996, the label and its catalog were purchased by Warlock Records, which has been rereleasing its titles with the Fresh and Sleeping Bag Records logos alongside the Warlock Records logo since. The building that housed Fresh and Sleeping Bag Records in Manhattan (1974 Broadway, NY, NY 10023) was torn down in the 1990s and a luxury apartment building now stands in its place. In 2006, the label became one of many imprints’ catalogs that became Traffic Entertainment Group, which has been releasing new versions of the classic albums in Fresh’s catalog with their original artwork intact. However, the rights of the EPMD albums Strictly Business and Unfinished Business, and Nice & Smooth’s self-titled album were acquired by Priority/EMI Records shortly after Sleeping Bag ceased operations.
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