Aftermath Entertainment

Founder(s): Parent Label: Year(s):
Dr Dre Interscope/Geffen [1996 - ]
Jimmy Iovine

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 platinum, 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 début 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 début 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.

Artist Roster:

  • Young Hotrod
  • Bishop Lamont
  • Rah Digga
  • Stat Quo
  • Tiffany Villareal
  • Joell Ortiz
  • M.O.P.
  • Olivia
  • Mobb Deep
  • Mase
  • Spider Loc
  • Mazaradi FOX
  • Marsha Ambrosius
  • Ca$his
    • Bobby Creekwater

Producer Roster:

  • Focus
  • Dawaun Parker
  • DJ Hi-Tek
  • Mike Elizondo
  • Che Vicious
  • Mark Batson
  • DJ Khalil
  • The Alchemist
  • Sha Money XL
  • Denaun Porter
  • Mel-Man
  • Scott Storch
  • DJ Whoo Kid
  • Nick Speed
  • Lab Ox

Former Artists:

  • G.A.G.E.
  • Truth Hurts
  • Hittman
  • Joe beast
  • Dion
  • Rakim
  • RBX
  • Brooklyn
  • The Firm
  • Shaunta
  • Last Emperor
  • RC
  • Amiee Terrin
  • Dawn Robinson
  • Eve
  • Ms. Roq

Subsidiary Labels:

Label Discography:

  • 1996 Dr. Dre Presents: - The Aftermath
  • 1997 Nas, Foxy, A.Z. & Nature - The Firm: The Album
  • 1998 King Tee - Thy Kingdom Come
  • 1999 Eminem - The Slim Shady LP
  • 1999 Dr Dre - The Chronic: 2001
  • 2000 Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
  • 2001 (Various Artists) - The Wash soundtrack
  • 2002 Eminem - The Eminem Show
  • 2002 Truth Hurts - Truthfully Speaking
  • 2003 50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin'
  • 2004 Eminem - Encore
  • 2005 The Game - The Documentary
  • 2005 50 Cent - The Massacre
  • 2005 Eminem - Curtain Call: The Hits
  • 2006 Busta Rhymes - The Big Bang
  • 2007 50 Cent - Curtis