Rap-A-Lot Records, the Houston-based record label that made a name for itself in the early 1990s with the Geto Boys and then went on to be the home of UGK, Slim Thug and Devin The Dude, among others, has signed a new major distribution deal with RED, a subsidiary of Sony Music. The deal is for both physical and digital distribution in the U.S. and Canada.
Founded by James Prince in 1986, Rap-A-Lot paved the way for a number of hip-hop labels that cropped up in the following decade and helped put Southern hip-hop—and Houston in particular—on the map. The label had previously been distributed by INgrooves.
“Over 25 years, James Prince has kept Rap-A-Lot true to its roots, while always pushing the boundaries of rap music,” said RED SVP of product development Alan Becker in a statement. “Like RED, Rap-A-Lot has endured the test of time and is still on top of its game.”
The label also announced it’s prepping to drop a new Bun B project in October, with guests set to include Rick Ross and 2 Chainz.
“James Prince and Rap-A-Lot have made a mark as one of the most significant imprints in the history of rap music,” said RED president Bob Morelli. “With the incredible catalog and new Bun B album coming in October, we are well positioned for a great new chapter in the Rap-A-Lot story.”