With the explosion of social media everyone can nowadays become a star, from the comfort of his own home. Music isn’t any exception to this as many artists proved that you can make it big just from Youtube exposure. As more independent artists are on the rise and major labels seem to find it harder to attract newcomers, here are ten of the most musically active labels of 2016.
Of course the label of the hottest artist in the game right now could not miss this list. Even though the label is centered around Drake and the other artists don’t get as much shine, his sales alone are equal to sales from other labels’ entire roster.
9. GOOD Music
With Pusha – T heading the label as president, G.O.O.D Music had a busy year. Between album releases and Kanye’s rants, the label managed to sign Migos, Desiigner and Tyga this year and has announced another Cruel Winter compilation.
Top Dawg Entertainment kept it really busy during this year. After Kendricks album release and signing Lance Skiiiwalker, Schoolboy, SZA, Isaiah Rashad and AB-Soul albums were next. After the last releases, the The TDE tour was announced who featured Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, SZA, Lance Skiiiwalker, co-president/occasional rapper Punch, and possibly Kembe X.
Although the label did not make any huge waves this last year, the fact that Gucci Mane is constantly dropping mixtapes and songs that appeal to the public, make it one of the most busy and active label on the market.
With Future at his center and the releases of his album and numerous mixtapes, Freebandz is sure making a name for itself while also bringing new artists to the game with Metro Boomin being one of the most sought out producers.
5. A$AP Worldwide
The crew just announced in October that their debut album “Cozy Tapes Vol.1:Friends” is ready to take off. With the support of singles such as “Yamborghini High” who garnered much love, A$AP Worldwide is showing that they only begun their rise.
4. Grand Hustle
With TI signing a new distribution deal to Roc Nation and becoming part owner of Tidal, and the release of the compilation “Hustle Gang Over Errrythang”, Grand Hustle is not here to be played with.
With Rick Ross releasing songs almost weekly and Meek Mill”s Dreamchaser 4 mixtape, Maybach Music Group is keeping busy in the game and most importantly, constantly releasing music for their continous growing fanbase.
It has been a huge year for Khaled and his label “We The Best” who released his 8th studio album “Major Key” and signed his label to Epic Records.
1. Def Jam
With artists such as Desiigner and Dave East, that found major success in the last year, Def Jam continues its run at the head of the rap game, in major part due to the fact that it distributes other record labels such as Kanye’s G.O.O.D Music.