14 Defunct Hip-Hop Labels

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4th & B’Way Records

Opened: 1984

Closed: 1998

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.

Notable Releases

Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full (1986)

X-Clan – To The East, Blackwards (1990)

Mobb Deep - Juvenile Hell (1992)

  • chrisco

    no luke records or death row or rap alot what about so so def

  • fade

    death row, suave house, rocafella, tvt