Two of the most prolific black record labels that took the hip hop music scene by storm in the 90’s Bad Boy Records based on the East Coast in 1993 founded by Sean “Puffy” Combs and its predecessor Death Row Records on the West Coast in 1991 founded by Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, the D.O.C. and Dick Griffey. It was like two beloved kingdoms ruling hearts and minds of the nation with beats and rhymes from classic albums like the Chronic, Doggy Style, Ready to Die, All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World so many to name selling millions of records world wide.
As prolific as these two labels are Tupac or Notorious B.I.G never won a Grammy Award for their platinum selling albums an obvious snub by the recording academy. Also with much success comes trials and tribulations as lets say the world war of hip hop broke out between the East Coast and West Coast fueled by media and magazine sells at the time ending with the death of two great superstars Tupac being gunned down on the Las Vegas strip on September 13, 1996 and Notorious B.I.G gunned down on March 9, 1997 in Los Angeles, CA.
Even though two of America’s top five MC’s are gone they have left us behind classic albums and two historical black owned and operated record labels with catalogs of music from many other great artist that were label mates on the Bad Boy and Death Row imprints. I present to you a mock Verzuz of these two greats on the Spotify mix below.