Gee Street Records

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Gee Street Records
Parent companyEntertainment One Music
Founded1985
FounderJon Baker
Defunct2001 (2001)
StatusDefunct
Distributor(s)Island Records (1990-1996)
V2 Records (1996-2001)
GenreHip hop
Country of originUnited Kingdom

Gee Street Records was a British hip hop record label started by Jon Baker in 1985.[1] The label's name came from its original location, a converted warehouse on Gee Street (off Old Street) in London, EC1.

Between 1980 and 1984, label head Baker lived in New York City.[1] After returning to London in 1984, he became a hip-hop promoter, and in 1985 opened Gee Street Records and began releasing white-label dance and hip-hop records.[1] 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.[1]

In 1990, Gee Street was acquired by Chris Blackwell's Island Records.[1] 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.

In 2006, V2 sold its American catalogue, including Gee Street, to Sheridan Square Entertainment, home of Artemis Records. In 2010, Artemis was sold to Entertainment One Music.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Dance Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 134. ISBN 0-7535-0252-6.
  2. ^ Chris Walsh (29 April 2010). "E1 Acquires IndieBlu". Billboard. Retrieved 16 November 2012.

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