In the history of hip-hop, the music business is littered with rap recording labels that made a swift impact before disappearing just as swiftly into the night. Success can be fleeting in rap and music labels can disappear as quick as your label's signature star jumping ship for greener pastures. From Sugar Hill to No Limit, hip-hop has seen some of it's biggest heavyweights get knocked out of the game with the speed of a Mayweather uppercut.

XXL wants to remember the labels that once were kings of the industry. That is why we have a compiled a list of over a dozen rap labels that have gone defunct over the years. There is no shame in ruling the rap world with an iron fist before watching the world slip quietly through your fingers. Being at the top is its own reward.