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G.O.O.D. Music
G.O.O.D. Music logo.png
Parent companyUniversal Music Group
Founded2004; 15 years ago (2004)
FounderKanye West
StatusActive
Distributor(s)Def Jam Recordings
(Worldwide)
Virgin EMI Records
(United Kingdom)
GenreVarious, with a focus on hip hop
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York City, New York
Official websitegood-music.com

GOOD Music (a backronym of Getting Out Our Dreams) is an American record label founded by rapper Kanye West in 2004. In 2015, Pusha T was appointed the president of the label by West.[1]

History[edit]

2004–2007[edit]

Kanye West, founder of GOOD Music.

GOOD Music was founded in 2004 by Kanye West, in conjunction with Sony BMG.

John Legend, Common, and West were the label's initial artists.[2] Legend's Get Lifted (2004) was the label's first album release - this received eight nominations and three wins at the 2006 Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Best R&B Album.[3] In October 2006, Legend released his second album, Once Again, which won a Grammy for the song "Heaven".[4]

Common's Be (2005), the label's second release, was the recipient of four Grammy Award nominations. The label later added GLC, Really Doe, Malik Yusef, Tony Williams and Consequence to its artists.[5] West's second studio album, Late Registration, included featured guest appearances by every artist signed to GOOD Music's roster at the time of its release in August 2005.[6] In May 2007, Detroit rapper Big Sean signed to the label.[7]

2008–2011[edit]

In 2008, British singer-songwriter Mr Hudson was signed, following the release of his A Tale of Two Cities. There followed Kid Cudi, and manager Plain Pat.[8][9] 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.[10] A month later Mr Hudson's solo debut, Straight No Chaser, was released.[11]

Big Sean signed to the label in 2007.

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, Brooklyn rapper Mos Def was signed.[13] 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 American rapper and producer Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest.[18] Kanye West also signed producer Hit-Boy, to Very Good 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]

In 2015, Pusha T was appointed as the President of the label.

In late 2011, plans were announced for a release of a compilation album, later entitled 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. It 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]

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 Good Beats.[27] On April 2, 2013, Kid Cudi announced on Power 106 that he was no longer with the label, leaving on amicable terms. Cudi felt he was "underused" and would have preferred to record something particular for Yeezus (2013).[28] On June 29, 2013 producer Hit-Boy of Very Good Beats announced that his contract expired and that he was no longer signed to GOOD Music.[29] American Apparel model Kacy Hill was signed to the label December 2014, after appearing as a backup dancer on West's Yeezus Tour.[30] In March 2015, GOOD Music signed HXLT.[31]

In November 2015, West appointed Pusha T the president of GOOD Music.[1] In January 2016, Mos Def retired from music announcing it in a freestyle released in conjunction with West's G.O.O.D. Fridays series.[32] In February 2016, Brooklyn rapper Desiigner signed a record deal with the label and subsequently appeared on West's seventh solo album, The Life of Pablo (2016). On June 3, 2016, Kanye West announced GOOD Music's upcoming album, Cruel Winter, in an interview with Big Boy.[33]

On September 7, 2016, West announced that former Young Money/Cash Money Records artist Tyga, signed a record deal with GOOD Music.[34][35] Later that day, Pusha T announced Atlanta-based rap trio Migos had signed a management deal with the label.[34] However, in January 2017, Migos clarified that although there were discussions for a management deal, nothing had come to fruition.[36] On September 9, 2016, the official GOOD Music Twitter account uploaded an image of an updated artist roster with the caption "THIS IS GOOD MUSIC".[37] The image indicated that several artists had either left or been removed by the label, including D'banj, Malik Yusef, Ryan McDermott, and Mr Hudson. Later that month, in a radio interview with The Breakfast Club, John Legend announced that his fifth studio album, Darkness and Light, would be his last with GOOD Music.[38]

GOOD was advertised as one of the headlining acts of the ill-fated Fyre Festival in 2017; however, the exact member(s) of the label that were to perform were never established.[39]

In May 2017, Pusha T signed Francis and the Lights to GOOD Music. In February 2018, Valee signed with Good Music.[40]

Artists[edit]

Current artists[edit]

Act Year
signed
Releases
under the label
Notes
Kanye West 2004 4 Founder
Big Sean 2007 5
Pusha T 2010 4 President since 2015
Cyhi The Prynce 2010 1
Teyana Taylor 2012 2
Q-Tip 2012
Desiigner 2016 2
070 Shake 2016 1
Francis and the Lights 2017
Valee 2018 2
Kids See Ghosts 2018 1
Sheck Wes[41] 2018 1 Jointly with Cactus Jack Records
Sunday Service 2019

Former artists[edit]

Act Years
on the label
Releases
under the label
Really Doe 2004–2008
GLC[42] 2004–2006
Tony Williams[43][44] 2004–2010 1
Common[45] 2004–2010 3
Consequence[46] 2004–2011 1
John Legend[38] 2004–2016 6
Sa-Ra[47] 2005–2007
Malik Yusef[37] 2005–2016 1
Kid Cudi 2008–2013 3
Mr Hudson[37] 2009–2016 1
Mos Def[37] 2010–2016
D'banj[37] 2011–2016
Ryan McDermott[37] 2013–2016
Kacy Hill 2014−2019 2
HXLT 2015−2019 1

Very Good Beats[edit]

G.O.O.D. Music also has a production wing known as Very Good Beats; this serves as a group of in-house producers.

Current producers[edit]

Former producers[edit]

Discography[edit]

As of 2018, all releases are distributed by Def Jam Recordings, unless otherwise noted.

Artist Album Details
John Legend Get Lifted
(released with Columbia)
  • Released: December 28, 2004
  • Chart position: #4 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
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
Kid Cudi Man on the Moon
(released with Universal Motown)
  • Released: September 15, 2009
  • Chart position: #4 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
Mr Hudson Straight No Chaser
  • Released: October 19, 2009
  • Chart position: #25 UK
Tony Williams Finding Dakota Grey
  • Released: March 2, 2010
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: Platinum
Big Sean Finally Famous
  • Released: June 28, 2011
  • Chart position: #3 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
Pusha T Fear of God II: Let Us Pray
  • Released: November 8, 2011
  • Chart position: #66 U.S.
Kid Cudi Indicud
(released with Republic)
  • Released: April 16, 2013
  • Chart position: #2 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
Big Sean Hall of Fame
  • Released: August 27, 2013
  • Chart position: #3 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
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.
Big Sean Dark Sky Paradise
  • Released: February 24, 2015
  • Chart position: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
Kacy Hill Bloo
  • Released: October 9, 2015
Pusha T King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude
  • Released: December 18, 2015
  • Chart position: #20 U.S.
Kanye West The Life of Pablo
  • Released: February 13, 2016
  • Chart position: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
HXLT HXLT
  • Released: February 26, 2016
TWENTY88 TWENTY88
(released with ARTium)
  • Released: April 1, 2016
  • Chart position: #5 U.S.
Desiigner New English
  • Released: June 26, 2016
  • Chart position: #22 U.S.
John Legend Darkness and Light
(released with Columbia)
  • Released: December 2, 2016
  • Chart position: #14 U.S.
Big Sean I Decided.
  • Released: February 3, 2017
  • Chart position: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
Kacy Hill Like a Woman
  • Released: June 30, 2017
Cyhi the Prynce No Dope on Sundays
  • Released: November 17, 2017
  • Chart position: #65 U.S.
Big Sean and Metro Boomin Double or Nothing
(released with Republic Records)
  • Released: December 8, 2017
  • Chart position: #6 U.S.
Valee GOOD Job, You Found Me
  • Released: March 2, 2018
070 Shake Glitter
  • Released: March 23, 2018
Desiigner L.O.D.
  • Released: May 4, 2018
  • Chart position: #161 U.S.
Pusha T Daytona
  • Released: May 25, 2018
  • Chart position: #3 U.S.
Kanye West Ye
  • Released: June 1, 2018
  • Chart position: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
Kids See Ghosts Kids See Ghosts
  • Released: June 8, 2018
  • Chart position: #2 U.S.
Teyana Taylor K.T.S.E.
  • Released: June 23, 2018
  • Chart position: #17 U.S.
Sheck Wes Mudboy
(released with Interscope and Cactus Jack)
  • Released: October 5, 2018
  • Chart position: #17 U.S.
Kanye West Jesus Is King
  • Released: October 25, 2019
  • Chart position: #1 U.S.

Upcoming releases[edit]

Artist Album Details
Sunday Service Jesus Is Born
  • Release Date: December 25, 2019
070 Shake Modus Vivendi
  • Release Date: TBA 2020
Big Sean Don Life
  • Release Date: TBA 2020
Francis and the Lights Take Me to the Light
  • Release Date: TBA 2020
Teyana Taylor The Album
  • Release Date: TBA 2020
Pusha T TBA
  • Release Date: TBA 2020

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