14 Defunct Hip-Hop Labels
4th & B’Way Records
Established in 1984, 4th & B’Way Records was the flagship label of Island Trading Company and was the home of such hip-hop luminaries as Eric B. & Rakim, X Clan and Mobb Deep. It shuttered in 1998 when PolyGram and MCA merged together to create the Universal Music Group, leading to all of the label’s hip-hop artists to be transferred to Def Jam.
Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full (1986)
X-Clan – To The East, Blackwards (1990)
Mobb Deep – Juvenile Hell (1992)