Gee Street Records

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Gee Street Records
Founded 1985
Founder Jon Baker
Defunct 1996 (1996)
Genre Hip hop
Country of origin United Kingdom

Gee Street Records was a British hip hop record label started by Jon Baker in 1985. The label's name came from its original location, a converted warehouse on Gee Street in London. Between 1980 and 1984, label head Baker lived in New York City. After returning to London in 1984, Baker became a hip hop promoter. In 1985, Baker opened Gee Street records and began releasing white-label dance and hip hop records. Many of these broke new ground. The label developed a roster of prominent domestic UK acts, including DJ Richie Rich, Outlaw Posse, and Stereo MC's, and US acts, including P.M. Dawn, Doug E. Fresh, Gravediggaz, and New Kingdom.

In 1990, Gee Street was acquired by Chris Blackwell's Island Records. After Blackwell left Island and the PolyGram group in 1998, Baker bought back Gee Street[citation needed] and sold it to Richard Branson's fledgling V2 Records. The label was shuttered in 2001.

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