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  • The Story of Mosley Music Groupby Emma Kowalski

    Mason Crest 2014; US$ 9.99

    Since the mid-1990s, Tim Mosley?better known as Timbaland?has been one of the most in-demand and critically respected producers in the music industry. His credits include numerous hits in hip-hop, as well as dance, R&B, pop, and rock. But that isn't the only contribution Timbaland has made to the music scene. In 2006, he became the CEO of his own record... more...

  • Campfire Songs, Ballads, and Lullabies: Folk Musicby Gus Snedeker

    Mason Crest 2014; US$ 9.99

    You may turn on the CD player or the radio when you want to hear music?but once, in the days before modern technology, music was enjoyed whenever groups of people got together. You probably know some folk songs, a song that was passed along from person to person. Learn about: ? types of folk songs ? folk instruments ? folk music's European and African... more...

  • The Story of Bad Boy Entertainmentby Jeff Burlingame

    Mason Crest 2014; US$ 9.99

    The story of Bad Boy Entertainment is one of triumph and tragedy. It was triumph when the dream of founder Sean "Puffy" Combs was transformed into one of the most successful record labels in the history of hip-hop music. It was tragedy when the life of Bad Boy's most successful artist, Christopher "Biggie" Wallace, was violently ended at the prime... more...

  • The Story of Cash Money Recordsby Terri Dougherty

    Mason Crest 2014; US$ 9.99

    Founded in New Orleans in the early 1990s, Cash Money Records faced an uphill battle as it struggled to gain respect. Brothers Bryan "Baby" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams started the label by recording New Orleans artists who were part of the local " bounce music" scene. The label's young rappers, including Juvenile, B.G., and Turk, worked hard... more...

  • The Story of Interscope Recordsby Diane Bailey

    Mason Crest 2014; US$ 9.99

    Hip-hop started on the streets of New York with African American youths in the 1970s. But with its strong beats and raw lyrics, it quickly spread across the country. It became the music of a generation of young Americans. But hip-hop is more than just music. It's a lifestyle. It's also big business. When Interscope Records was formed in 1990, the company's... more...

  • The Story of Death Row Recordsby Trey White

    Mason Crest 2014; US$ 9.99

    For a few years in the mid-1990s, a small music label called Death Row stood atop the hip-hop world. Death Row Records was instrumental in introducing a hard-core style of rap music known as "gangsta rap" to mainstream audiences. Albums like Dr. Dre's The Chronic, Snoop Doggy Dogg's Doggystyle, and Tupac Shakur's All Eyez on Me sold millions of copies... more...

  • The Story of Aftermath Entertainmentby Robert Grayson

    Mason Crest 2014; US$ 9.99

    Dr. Dre was the face of hip-hop by the time he started Aftermath Entertainment in 1996. But like any new record label, even one started by a legend, Aftermath had to go through some growing pains before finding its sound. Once it did, Aftermath was on a roll, producing platinum albums by megastars like Eminem and 50 Cent. The record label combined... more...

  • The Story of No Limit Recordsby Jim Whiting

    Mason Crest 2014; US$ 9.99

    Percy "Master P." Miller came out of one of the toughest slums in New Orleans to found No Limit Records in Richmond, California, on a shoestring budget in 1991. Master P sold his first releases out of the trunk of his car, but he always believed in himself. Thanks to his hard work, within a few years No Limit was one of the most successful hip-hop... more...

  • The Story of So So Def Recordingsby Rich Mintzer

    Mason Crest 2014; US$ 9.99

    During the early 1990s, successful music producer Jermaine Dupri started So So Def Records. The Atlanta-based label began at a time when Southern hip-hop music was just beginning to get a lot of attention. Dupri signed distribution deals with much-larger record companies like Columbia and Arista. This allowed him to focus on what he did best: finding... more...

  • The Story of Roc-A-Fella Recordsby Emma Kowalski

    Mason Crest 2014; US$ 9.99

    When Shawn Carter, an aspiring rapper with the stage name Jay-Z, couldn't get his career off the ground at a major record label, he didn't get discouraged. He and his partners Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke created a hip-hop label of their own. They named the label Roc-A-Fella Records. Originally intended as a one-time project to release Jay-Z's... more...