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Encyclopedia > Ruthless Records

Ruthless Records was the name of two different record labels, a Chicago punk label, and a Los Angeles hip hop label. Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ...

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Ruthless Records, Chicago

The older label was not a real business, but a name used by three Chicago punk bands from 1981 to 1986: Big Black, the Effigies and Naked Raygun. 1981 (MCMLXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Big Black was one of the most influential noise rock bands of the 1980s. ... An effigy is a rough representation of a person, for example a George Bush or Guy Fawkes made of straw and old clothing. ... Naked Raygun was a very influential Chicago-based punk/noise band of the 1980s and early 1990s. ...


External link

  • Official site has a little information on the history of Ruthless Records.

Ruthless Records, Los Angeles

The younger label was formed by Eazy-E and Jerry Heller in 1987. The label is credited with founding gangsta rap. They signed local up and coming hip hop stars Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and DJ Yella, and a year later Eazy-E formed the band NWA. Above the Law, Bone Thugs n Harmony, The D.O.C., BG Knoccout and the Dresta, Blood of Abraham and JJ Fad later joined the label. Eazy-E (Eric Wright) (September 7, 1963 - March 26, 1995) was an African-American rapper, record producer, and record executive who initially rose to fame as a member of the group N.W.A.. Born in Compton, California, Eazy-E dropped out of Compton High School while in tenth grade... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gangsta rap is a subgenre of hip hop music which involves a lyrical focus on the lifestyles of inner-city thugs, criminals and gangsters. ... Dr. Dre Dr. Dre (born Andre Romel Young on February 18, 1965, in Compton, Los Angeles, California) is an African-American record producer, rapper, and record executive, one of the most successful and well-known producers in the field of hip hop music. ... Ice Cube Ice Cube (born OShea Jackson on June 15, 1969) is an African American actor and rapper, originally a member of the controversial group N.W.A (Niggaz With Attitude) until launching a successful solo career in music and cinema. ... Yella, real name Antoine Carraby, is a DJ and music producer from Compton, California He was a member of the World Class Wreckin Cru along with Dr. Dre. ... NWA is a three-letter abbreviation for National Weather Association, meteorological society based in Charlottesville, Virginia. ... Above The Law was a black gangsta rap group founded in late 1987 in Pomona, California by Cold 187um (also known as Big Hutch; born Gregory Hutchinson), K.M.G the Illustrator (born Kevin Dulley), Total K-Oss (born Anthony Stewart) and Go Mack (born Arthur Goodman). ... Bone Thugs -N- Harmony Bone Thugs n Harmony is a US rap group from Cleveland, Ohio. ... The D.O.C.s debut album, No One Can Do It Better The D.O.C. (born Tracy Curry) is an American rapper born in Texas who moved to Compton, CA, to join the creative force behind the rap group N.W.A.. He was a member of The... This article might not be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ... Blood of Abraham hip hop duo composed of Benyad (Benjamin Mor) and Mazik (David Saevitz) that debuted in 1993 with the release of Future Profits on Ruthless Records, the label of the late Eric Eazy-E Wright. ...


Eazy was diagnosed with AIDS and died in 1995. After Eazy died, the label was taken over by his wife, Tomica Wright. Ruthless Records is now a division of Epic Records. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Epic Records is a record label launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ...


Ruthless' distributors

The label has had several distributors simultaneously. Early Ruthless releases were distributed by Malaco Records, but that deal was short lived and the rights reverted to Ruthless. All of N.W.A's releases and Eazy-E's first two solo releases on Ruthless were distributed by Priority Records, and the rights to these releases are now held by Priority's new owner, Capitol Records. Releases by The D.O.C., Michel'le, and JJ Fad were marketed through Atlantic Records or its subsidiary Atco Records. These master rights are still held by Atlantic's parent company, Warner Music Group, while Above The Law's releases were marketed through Epic Records. In the early 1990s, Ruthless found more exclusive distribution through Relativity Records, formerly a heavy metal label. Relativity was later folded into its parent company, Sony Music. Priority Records was started in 1985 by Bryan Turner to distribute rap compilation albums. ... Capitol record by Wingy Manone Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, founded in 1942. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is a record label founded in 1947 by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson, principally as a R&B label. ... Atco Records was a United States based subsidary label of Atlantic Records. ... Warner Music Group is one of the Big Five record labels. ... Above the Law can refer to: Above the Law (film) Above the Law (band) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Epic Records is a record label launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... This article is about the year. ... Relativity Records was a record label. ... ...


External links

  • Eazy-E Timeline and Biography of Eazy-E have some information on the founding of Ruthless Records.

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