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Roc-A-Fella Records is an American hip hop/rap record label. It was co-founded in 1996 in New York City by hip hop mogul Damon “Dame” Dash, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. The label is owned by Universal Music Group.

Attempting to secure a record deal for Jay-Z, after being denied by several labels, they began pressing Jay’s records, selling them out of their trunks and requesting time on mix radio; their record label was called Roc-A-Fella Records: a play on Rockefeller, a rich and powerful New York family.

Priority Records was impressed with their determination, and agreed to distribute the release of Jay-Z’s debut album Reasonable Doubt, put out on Roc-A-Fella.

The original lineup, headed in the business department by, Dame Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke, consisted of Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek and Sauce Money. Jaz-O and Da Ranjahz were early affiliates, but were never signed to the label. Producers connected to the label were Ski and DJ Clark Kent. Altogether, signees and affiliates formed a collective sometimes known as Team Roc.

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  • JoBeat

    KW and TM

    January 2011
  • Onikafenty

    "Gay-Z and Cock-A-Fella records" - Nas [3]

    December 2010
  • Katmassive

    bang out hottest artist roster ever

    September 2008
  • CrackMaussi


    August 2008
  • S-Kayos

    "Gay-Z and Cock-A-Fella records" - Nas

    July 2008
  • gigi519

    Check out J.P. DeLaire!!!1 "New Minneapolis Genius"

    June 2008
  • Cristti

    KW <3

    October 2007
  • fonky-m

    Best labels ever are Ninja Tune & Prelude, but this one is cool too :)

    October 2007
  • thesean43

    why do you think Kanye is so popular in the UK, when Jay-Z is bigger in America?

    July 2007
  • StickyFinga

    R. O. C. !

    June 2007
  • YoungVito

    best label eva

    May 2007
  • sega_smasher

    why would u go thru the trouble of going thru all this searching and clicking just to post a fuck jay z group. cmon now. jay is the shit. dont hate on him. most sucessful rapper EVER.

    March 2007
  • Emancip8_Mirage

    Kanye rulez!!!!!

    February 2007
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