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Aftermath Entertainment
Aftermath entertainment.jpg
Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 1996
Founder Dr. Dre and Eminem
Distributing label Interscope Records
(In the US)
Polydor Records
(Outside of the US)
Genre Hip hop, contemporary R&B
Country of origin United States
Location Santa Monica, California
Official Website

Aftermath Entertainment is an American record label founded by Dr. Dre. It operates as a subsidiary of, and is distributed through, Universal Music Group's Interscope Records.



Upon his departure from Death Row Records in June 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.[1] 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 only collaborative project by hip hop super-group, The Firm (composed 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 leading to his departure.

Upon recommendation from Interscope Records head, Jimmy Iovine, Aftermath signed now multi-platinum rapper Eminem in 1997. 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, and Last Emperor. Aftermath released 50 Cent's multi-platinum major label debut 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 debut 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.

Busta Rhymes was also signed, and later dropped from the label. His album, then titled "Blessed", since retitled Back on My B.S., was to be released on Aftermath. It was later reported that when he signed a deal with Universal Motown, the album would be released on his label, Flipmode Entertainment, through his Universal Motown deal.[2] Stat Quo was also released from the label in 2008, citing differences in direction.[3] In early 2009, Los Angeles native rapper, Slim da Mobster, was signed in a joint venture with Shady Records and G-Unit Records. He is the first artist to be signed to all three of the affiliated labels,[4] while in late 2009, Detroit rapper Hayes was signed to a joint venture with Timbaland's Mosley Music Group.[5]

In January 2010, it was revealed that Bishop Lamont had left the label due to the repeated delay of his debut, The Reformation,[6] while long time Aftermath R&B singer, Marsha Ambrosius, had also left the label.[7]

In early February 2010, former Aftermath artist, The Game, now simply called "Game", had re-signed to the label. In a post on his official Twitter page, he summed up the deal simply with "[i]t's funny how things come full circle", while also posting a picture wearing several Aftermath necklaces.[8]



Act Year signed # Albums released under Aftermath
Dr. Dre 1996 1
Eminem 1998 7
50 Cent 2002 4
Slim da Mobster 2009
Hayes 2010
Game 2003–2006, 2010 1



Act # Albums released under Aftermath Source
Joell Ortiz [9]
Stat Quo [3]
Busta Rhymes 1 [2]
Rakim [10]
Eve [11]
Focus... [12]
Joe Beast [13]
Bishop Lamont [6]
Marsha Ambrosius [7]
Hittman [14]
Tiffany Villarreal [15]



Album information
Aftermath Entertainment – Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath
The FirmNas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature Present The Firm: The Album
  • Released: October 21, 1997
  • Chart positions: #1 Billboard[17]
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
  • Singles: "Firm Biz", "Phone Tap"
EminemThe Slim Shady LP
Dr. Dre2001
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
SoundtrackThe Wash
  • Released: September 25, 2001
  • Chart positions: #19 Billboard[21]
  • RIAA certification:
  • Singles: "Bad Intentions", "The Wash"
Eminem – The Eminem Show
Truth HurtsTruthfully Speaking
  • Released: June 25, 2002
  • Chart positions: #5 Billboard[23]
  • RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "Addictive"
Soundtrack – 8 Mile
50 CentGet Rich or Die Tryin'
Eminem – Encore
The GameThe Documentary
50 Cent – The Massacre
Eminem – Curtain Call: The Hits
Busta RhymesThe Big Bang
50 Cent – Curtis
Eminem – Relapse
50 Cent – Before I Self Destruct
Eminem – Relapse: Refill



  1. ^ "En Vogue to become trio: Dawn Robinson officially leaves group". Jet. 1997-04-28. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  2. ^ a b Jokesta (September 18, 2008). Busta Rhymes Inks New Deal, Jay Z Starts Yet Another Label? DefSounds. Accessed September 18, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Stat Quo To Release "300-400" Unreleased Dr. Dre Tracks. Accessed October 23, 2008.
  4. ^ Jayson Rodriguez, with additional reporting by Shaheem Reid and Rahman Dukes (July 23, 2009) Meet Dr. Dre, Eminem And 50 Cent's New Protege: Slim Da Mobster MTV. Accessed August 15, 2009.
  5. ^ Timbaland Teams With Dr. Dre To Introduce Detroit MC Hayes
  6. ^ a b Bishop Lamont left Aftermath
  7. ^ a b Marsha Ambrosius left Aftermath for J Records
  8. ^ a b Game Officially Returns To Aftermath Records
  9. ^ Reign (January 31, 2008) Joell Ortiz Speaks On Leaving Aftermath DefSounds. Accessed October 23, 2008.
  10. ^ Joseph Patel (July 16, 2003) Rakim Splits With Dr. Dre Accessed January 10, 2009.
  11. ^
  12. ^ Interview with Focus...
  13. ^ Interview with G.A.G.E
  14. ^ Hittman Interview (July 2006)
  15. ^ Tiffany Villarreal On Aftermath
  16. ^ Billboard, "Dr. Dre Presents…The Aftermath"
  17. ^ Billboard, "Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature Present The Firm: The Album"
  18. ^ Billboard, "The Slim Shady LP"
  19. ^ Billboard, "2001"
  20. ^ Billboard, "The Marshall Mathers LP"
  21. ^ Billboard, "The Wash Soundtrack"
  22. ^ Billboard, "The Eminem Show"
  23. ^ Billboard, "Truthfully Speaking"
  24. ^ Billboard, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'"
  25. ^ Billboard, "Encore"
  26. ^ James Montgomery, 2005-01-26, "Straight Outta Compton, Straight To #1: The Game Tops Albums Chart"
  27. ^ Billboard, "The Massacre"
  28. ^ Billboard, "Curtain Call: The Hits"
  29. ^ Billboard, "The Big Bang"
  30. ^ Geoff Mayfield (September 18, 2007). Kanye Crushes 50 Cent in Huge Album Sales Week. Billboard. Accessed September 19, 2007.
  31. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum database. [1]. RIAA. Accessed April 29, 2009.
  32. ^ Dr. Dre 'delays new album until 2011'. Digital Spy.
  33. ^ "Eminem "Relapse: Refill" Due Dec. 21". RapRadar. 2009-11-19. 

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