Loud Records

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Loud Records
Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1992
Founder Steve Rifkind
Defunct 2002 (original)
2012 (revived)
Status Defunct
Distributor(s) RCA (1992-1999)
Sony Music (1999-2002, 2007)
SRC (2007-2012)
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location New York City, New York
Official website Loud.com

Loud Records was a subsidiary of the now-defunct SRC Records founded by Steve Rifkind in 1992.

Loud was a hip hop label which has released material by acts such as Wu-Tang Clan, Big Punisher, Mobb Deep, Krayzie Bone, The Beatnuts, M.O.P., Tha Alkaholiks, Pete Rock, Lil' Flip, Three 6 Mafia, Project Pat, Xzibit, Twista, Dead Prez, The Dwellas and The X-Ecutioners. The label also released thrash metal band Megadeth's deluxe and remastered debut album Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! in 2002.

The label was shut down in 2002 and was originally distributed by RCA Records until 1999 when distribution moved over to Columbia Records.

In June 2007, Sony Music resurrected this label, after which Rifkind would buy it back, making it a subsidiary of SRC. His first act after re-gaining the label was, as he did fifteen years earlier, signing the Wu-Tang Clan.[1]

On July 29, 2012, Steve Rifkind announced that he was leaving Universal Records on September 1, 2012. That same day saw the closing of both SRC and Loud labels, and all artists on each label having either left Republic/Universal or transferred to the same label.


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