“Play Your Part,” XXL‘s Article on the Top 5 Labels to Watch in 2011 [April 2011 Magazine Excerpt]


Cinematic Music Group

Birthed: 2007
Founders: Jonny Shipes and Jen McDaniels
Description: An independent label and management company based in New York City with wise but young rap talent who have strong street followings; focused on cultivating fans through live shows
Past Achievements: Former signee Nipsey Hu$$le landed on the 2010 XXL Freshmen cover; secured distribution deal with Def Jam Recordings for Big K.R.I.T.’s major-label debut
Current Roster: Big K.R.I.T. and Smoke DZA

  • Aaron

    Strange Music still gettin no love…they takin over the word this year n they don’t get on here? Yelawolf n Big K.R.I.T. were the only good rappers I saw on here too.

    • thinker

      Strange Music BEEN doin their thing longer than anybody on here, this if for the ones just comin up. And how the fuck is you not gunna mention K.Dot? smh get the FUCK outta here

      • Trego J

        Fuck K dot. How you not gonna mention Wale or Meek Mill. And XXL is fucking up. You didn’t add pill to the maybach group!

  • Chris

    Top Dawg! 4 good rappers!

  • http://www.iap-tv.com UndergroundKings

    Rock solid music dnt get no love and they sale mo ‘than half the niccas yall pushin chit Big Krit was onwww.iap-tv.com fo 11years before yall found him! SMDH>>>>Lazy Bastards!

  • Daze

    Wheres Strange Music at???

  • POKE

    only good rappers on here be krit and yela maybach music is afucking joke

  • G MONEY OF THE SUC

    maybach music is fucking wack none of the artist are any good except mill. gunplay is fucking ridiculous and ross is fake