Saturday, November 17, 2007
Rawkus Records are now known as a hip hop label. Before they became a hip hop label. They were into drum & bass and house. I think it was a smart move to release hip hop music than other music genres. Rawkus played an important part in the careers of Talib Kweli and Mos Def. Label owners Brian Brater and Jarret Mayer was noticed the local talents in New York such as Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Company Flow and others.
In the initial state of the careers of this artists, Rawkus offered them a home to show the world what they got.
Since the mid nineties they released typical east coast hip hop. The hip hop heads labeled the releases of Rawkus as underground classics. Rawkus was claimed by the hip hop fans as the top independent record label. Since the hip hop community found out that Rawkus was not entirely independent, some artist took other directions in their careers.Some of the former artists are Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Cocoa Brovaz, Smut Peddlers, Skillz, Pharaohe Monch and more. Check out the official site of Rawkus.