Rap-A-Lot Records

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Rap-a-Lot
Rap-a-lot logo.jpg
Parent companySony Music Entertainment
Founded1985; 33 years ago (1985)
FounderJames Prince
Distributor(s)RED Distribution
GenreSouthern hip hop
Country of originUnited States
LocationHouston, Texas, U.S.
Official websitewww.rapalotrecords.com

Rap-A-Lot is a Hip Hop record label founded by James Prince in 1985. Sub-labels include Smoke-A-Lot. The label, with its most famous act The Geto Boys, put the South on the Hip Hop map. Since then, it has maintained its success and focus on Gangsta Rap and Southern Rap.

Rap-A-Lot was first distributed by A&M for a short time with the release of Raheem's 1988 debut The Vigilante.[1] The label was later distributed through the 1990s by EMI's Priority (1991–1994), Noo Trybe (1994-1998) and Virgin (1998–2002). During the rest of the 2000s, it was distributed by Asylum and then Fontana.

The Geto Boys were the label's first nationally popular act, while Devin the Dude, whom The New York Times called "a brilliant oddball with a spaced-out flow,"[2] and whose contract ended in 2008, was, for 15 years, the label's longest-running act.

On August 22, 2013, Rap-A-Lot announced that it recently signed a distribution deal with RED. Artists currently on its roster include Z-Ro and Bun B among others.[3]

Current artists[edit]

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1980s[edit]

1987

1988

1989

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1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

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2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

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2010

  • Z-Ro - Heroin
  • Bun B - Trill O.G.
  • Pimp C - The Naked Soul Of Sweet Jones
  • Various Artists - Sex, Money, & Drugs
  • Various Artists - Street Life
  • Various Artists - Swagger Check
  • Various Artists - Crazy & Psychotic Vol. 1
  • Various Artists - Number 1 Streets Hits
  • Various Artists - Gangstas And Hustlers
  • Various Artists - Greatest Features

2011

2012

2013

2014

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Faniel, Maco L. Hip Hop in Houston: The Origin and the Legacy (Paperback ed.). The History Press. pp. 117–118. ISBN 978-1-60949-978-5. Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  2. ^ The New York Times > Arts > Music > A Visitor's Guide to the Houston Sound
  3. ^ http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.25165/title.rap-a-lot-records-signs-distribution-deal-with-sony-red-plans-bun-b-album