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Aftermath Entertainment is an American record label founded by Dr. Dre. It operates as a subsidiary of, and is distributed through, Universal Music Group's Interscope Records.

History

Upon his departure from Death Row Records in March 1996, Dr. Dre quickly launched Aftermath Entertainment through Interscope Records (which at the time was Death Row's distributing label). A compilation album, Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath was released towards the year's end, featuring artists who were amongst the label's first signees (most of the acts featured, however, quickly became disassociated with the company). In 1997, Dawn Robinson announced her departure from the R&B group En Vogue and that she had signed with Aftermath. Before the year's end, however, she abruptly left the label, claiming that Dr. Dre had been too slow to get the "ball rolling" on her project.

In the autumn of 1997, Aftermath released the first, and only, collaborative project by hip hop super-group, The Firm (comprised of AZ, Foxy Brown, Nas, and Nature). Despite the highly anticipated album featuring production and cameo appearances by Dr. Dre himself, debuting atop the Billboard 200 and being certified platinum, it sold below commercial expectation. The group subsequently disbanded. Aftermath's next release was supposed to be by rapper King Tee. His album, however, was shelved, and King Tee also left the label. Veteran rapper Rakim also signed with the label. Legal troubles forced Truth Hurts to leave the label, and Rakim's highly anticipated comeback album that was shelved due to production conflict also forced his departure.

Upon recommendation from Interscope Records head, Jimmy Iovine, Aftermath signed now multi-platinum rapper Eminem in 1998. The following year, Eminem's major label debut, The Slim Shady LP was released. The album topped the Billboard albums chart, went on to be certified quadruple plantinum, and arguably became the label's first successful release. Also in 1999, Aftermath released 2001, Dr. Dre's follow-up to his 1992 album, The Chronic. The album went on to be certified 6x platinum.

Several more artists were signed to, and later dropped from Aftermath, including Hittman, Truth Hurts, and Last Emperor. Aftermath released 50 Cent's multi-platinum major label debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin' through a joint venture with Shady Records in 2003. Rapper The Game, who signed with the label in 2003, also released his debut album The Documentary through a joint venture with 50 Cent's G-Unit Records in 2005. Shortly after the release of The Documentary, tension between The Game and 50 Cent ignited, resulting in The Game leaving Aftermath Entertainment in mid-2006 and G-Unit Records in mid-2005.

Current roster

Artists

ActYear signed# Albums released under Aftermath
Dr. Dre19961
Eminem19995
50 Cent20023
Stat Quo2003-
Busta Rhymes20041
Eve2004-
Bishop Lamont2005-
Marsha Ambrosius2006-
Raekwon2006-
Tiffany Villarreal2007-
New Edition2008-
Focus2008-

Producers

Former artists

Below is a list of artists who were signed to Aftermath Entertainment in the past but left.[2]

Discography

Past releases

Album information
Aftermath Entertainment – Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath
The FirmNas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature Present The Firm: The Album
King Tee – Thy Kingdom Come
EminemThe Slim Shady LP
Dr. Dre2001
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
SoundtrackThe Wash
  • Released: September 25 2001
  • Chart positions: #19 Billboard[9]
  • RIAA certification:
  • Singles: "Bad Intentions", "The Wash"
Eminem – The Eminem Show
Truth HurtsTruthfully Speaking
50 CentGet Rich or Die Tryin'
Eminem – Encore
The GameThe Documentary
50 Cent – The Massacre
Eminem – Curtain Call: The Hits
Busta RhymesThe Big Bang
50 Cent – Curtis

Upcoming releases

Affiliated labels

See Universal Music Group.


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