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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.
|Act||Year signed||# Albums released under Aftermath|
- Dawaun Parker
- DJ Khalil
- Mike Elizondo
- Che Vicious
- Mark Batson
- Dr. Dre
Below is a list of artists who were signed to Aftermath Entertainment in the past but left.
- The Game
- Aimee Terrin
- Truth Hurts
- Dawn Robinson
- Joe Beast
- King Tee
- Last Emperor
- Jheryl Lockhart
- Group Therapy
- The Firm
- Joell Ortiz
|Aftermath Entertainment – Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath|
|The Firm – Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature Present The Firm: The Album|
|King Tee – Thy Kingdom Come|
|Eminem – The Slim Shady LP|
|Dr. Dre – 2001|
|Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP|
|Soundtrack – The Wash|
|Eminem – The Eminem Show|
|Truth Hurts – Truthfully Speaking|
|50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin'|
|Eminem – Encore|
|The Game – The Documentary|
|50 Cent – The Massacre|
|Eminem – Curtain Call: The Hits|
|Busta Rhymes – The Big Bang|
|50 Cent – Curtis|
- 50 Cent – Before I Self Destruct – TBA
- New Edition - Studio Album 8 - Spring 2008
- Bishop Lamont – The Reformation – First or second quarter of 2008
- Busta Rhymes – Back on My BS – TBA
- Dr. Dre – Detox – 2008
- Eminem – Eminem's fifth studio album (The title is TBD) – Summer 2008
- Eve – Here I Am – First or second quarter of 2008
- Stat Quo – Statlanta – First or second quarter of 2008
- Raekwon- Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II- TBA 2008
- Focus - Dedicated - TBA 2008
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