Rap-A-Lot Records

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Parent company Sony Music Entertainment
Founded1986;35 years ago (1986) [1]
Founder James Prince
Distributor(s) RED Distribution
Genre Southern hip hop
Country of origin United States
Location Houston, Texas, U.S, Bogota, Colombia

Rap-A-Lot is a hip hop record label founded by James Prince in 1987. [2] Smoke-a-Lot Records is a subsidiary.


Rap-A-Lot was first distributed by A&M Records with the release of Raheem's 1988 debut The Vigilante. [3] The label was distributed through the 1990s by EMI's Priority Records (1991–1994), Noo Trybe Records (1994-1998), and Virgin Records (1998–2002). In the 2000s, it was distributed by Asylum Records and then Fontana Distribution.

The label's most popular acts were The Geto Boys and Devin the Dude, whom The New York Times called "a brilliant oddball with a spaced-out flow." [4]

On August 22, 2013, Rap-A-Lot announced a distribution deal with RED Distribution. Artists on its roster include Z-Ro and Bun B. [5]

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  1. HP Cheung (April 3, 2017). "What Is Rap-A-Lot Records?". Hypebeast. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  2. Brandon Caldwell (February 17, 2015). "A Brief History of Houston Rap Executive J. Prince Defending Everyone from The Geto Boys to Drake". Vice Media . Retrieved 2019-06-09.
  3. Faniel, Maco L. (30 July 2013). Hip Hop in Houston: The Origin and the Legacy (Paperback ed.). The History Press. pp. 117–118. ISBN   978-1-60949-978-5 . Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  4. The New York Times > Arts > Music > A Visitor's Guide to the Houston Sound
  5. "Rap-A-Lot Records Signs Distribution Deal with Sony RED, Plans Bun B Album". 23 August 2013.