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Established in 1996 by Bryan Brater and Jarret Meyer, Rawkus Records was once the prime outlet for underground Hip-Hop during a time when shiny suits, jewelry and large marketing budgets ran rampant in the music biz. No shots, of course.

Many of your favorite rapper’s favorite rappers jumpstarted their careers with Rawkus. Besides a steady stream of fresh 12″ singles, the label also dropped a string of classic album including Mos Def’s Black On Both Sides, the Soundbombing compilation series, Company Flow’s Funcrusher Plus, and Black Star’s Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, racking up a few plaques in the process.

Sadly, all good things eventually come to an end and when Rawkus fell from the rank’s of Hip-Hop’s elite around 2004, it left some quality artist seeking new homes in the industry. Some ascended to higher plateaus, some continued to make music that represents Hip-Hop’s golden age, and others seemingly fell off the face of the earth. We tracked out of of the best for Where Are They Now?: The Shining Stars of Rawkus Records.



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