Rawkus Records
Rawkus Records




Brian Brater, Jarret Myer




Hip hop

Country of origin

United States


New York City, New York

Rawkus Records was an American record label known for jump-starting the careers of Mos Def and Talib Kweli of Black Star. Rawkus started in 1996 with initial releases ranging from hip hop to drum and bass.

Label heads Brian Brater and Jarret Myer signed some of the top underground talent from the New York City hip hop scene, notably Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek and Company Flow, who went on to define the label's sound. The string of 12" releases and full length albums that followed helped initiate a resurgence in the East Coast hip hop sound. Many of these are considered classics among hip hop fans. During the mid to late 1990s, Rawkus became a dominant label in the underground hip hop scene, producing a string of gold and platinum albums.


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