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Terror Squad (record label)
Parent company EMI
Founded 1992
Founder Joseph Antonio Cartagena
Distributing label Imperial Records
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Country of origin United States
Location The Bronx, New York

Terror Squad (formerly Terror Squad Entertainment) is a hip hop and R&B record label founded by Fat Joe in The Bronx, New York. The label has been distributed by the likes of Relativity Records and Atlantic Records, except for DJ Khaled is distributed by Imperial Records and Virgin Records of EMI.

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History

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Beginnings

Fat Joe decided to form Terror Squad Entertainment after he began to associate himself with Big Pun, which was around 1992. Early on, Fat Joe used the label for mixtape releases until he struck up a distribution deal with Relativity Records in 1993. The deal with Relativity led to the release of Fat Joe's debut album Represent in 1993. The label got plenty of exposure in New York with the release of Joe's hit single "Flow Joe". In 1994, he signed Big Pun, Prospect, and Cuban Link to the label. In 1995, Terror Squad would release Fat Joe's second album Jealous One's Envy. Soon after Fat Joe would begin his search for a new distributing label.

After seeing the success of the Terror Squad label and Fat Joe being disappointed with the album sales at Relativity, Fat Joe would move the label into the Atlantic Records umbrella. In 1998, the label began to associate themselves with an upcoming Irv Gotti and his Murder Inc. Records label. In 1998, Big Pun's debut album "Capital punishment" was released through Loud records and Fat Joe released Don Cartagena, which debuted at number 7 on the billboard 200 chart. This release was quickly followed by the self-titled debut by the Terror Squad. The album was somewhat successful and made a legit name for the group and the label. In 2000, they released Big Pun's album Yeeeah Baby, but sadly, the label's central star would die of a heart-attack the same year.

Life after Pun, Terror Squad/Atlantic

In 2001, the label released the fourth LP from CEO Fat Joe, Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) the album featured more production from Irv Gotti. The album featured the R. Kelly-assisted "We Thuggin" and the Ja Rule and Ashanti featured "What's Luv". The album was a commercial and critical success. It became the second highest selling Terror Squad album to date.

In 2002, Terror Squad released Fat Joe's fifth album Loyalty. During this time they signed on Tony Sunshine and DJ Khaled. The album was a moderate success, just not on the level of past label releases. There was one hit for the label "Crush Tonight" with Ginuwine. In 2004, the label released Terror Squad's second album True Story. The album went Platinum making it tied for the highest-selling album in the label's history, in addition, the song "Lean Back" got more airplay than any other hip hop song in history.).[citation needed] The single also made Remy Ma one of only three female rappers to ever have a number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2005, the label released Fat Joe's Gold album All or Nothing.

Departure from Atlantic

In 2006, Fat Joe, looking at rappers like Cam'ron, Mike Jones, and others, wanted more creative control over his recordings. Fat Joe said that he was thinking that he could do all of the things that a major label can do funding and supporting the album. He was searching for a deal similar to label-mate Cam'ron's. He first went to his label, Atlantic with his proposal, and they turned it down. With no obligations left at Atlantic and the label deal done, Fat Joe began talks with Virgin Records to sign there where he could fund all of the promotion with his own staff and his own production team. He was able to get himself and the label, excluding DJ Khaled, who records on Koch Records a deal with Imperial Records and Virgin Records to begin independently releasing his own music just using the major label as a distributor.

Terror Squad/Imperial/Virgin

In late 2006, Terror Squad Entertainment had another hit with Fat Joe featuring Lil Wayne, "Make It Rain". This was followed by the release of his successful album Me Myself & I on November 21, 2006. The label also released the debut album from DJ Khaled & PRO's Super Produced Listennn... the Album that year on Koch Records. The label followed the success of these two album into 2007, which led to the second album from DJ Khaled We The Best which featured the hit single "We Takin Over" Produced by Terror Squads Pro, which had guest appearances from Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Baby, Pro , and Lil Wayne.

Conflicts

G-Unit

In 2004, Fat Joe was featured on Ja Rule's hit single "New York, New York", which also featured rapper Jadakiss. Ja Rule, at the time, was arguing with G-Unit rapper 50 Cent. After hearing the collaboration, 50 Cent became angry and went on to diss Fat Joe and Jadakiss. He said that the reason for dissing the two was because Ja Rule took a subliminal shot at the G-Unit leader, making it a diss track that Fat Joe participated in, also showing support to Ja Rule, in his eyes. 50 Cent retaliated in the 2005 single "Piggy Bank" with a lyrical line comparing Lean Back, featuring Fat Joe, to his hit single "In da Club", calling Fat Joe's effort "a dud". Fat Joe was surprised by this diss, since he had just recorded a song with his boss, Eminem. He did not take it lightly, responding with "My Fo Fo." Fat Joe said that this would be the only diss towards G-Unit and if 50 Cent wanted any more problems, they could meet in the street. Despite saying this at the 2005 MTV VMAs, Fat Joe went on to diss G-Unit, while presenting an award by saying 'I feel safe in here thanks to all of the security, courtesy of G-Unit Records. With this said, 50 Cent and Tony Yayo were heard shouting obscenities towards the rapper. Later in the show, 50 Cent would call him out during his performance. The beef was contained into interviews until 50 Cent released a new track that also dissed Cam'ron and Mims.

Artists

DJs/producers

Former artists

Discography

Group albums

Year Album Chart positions
US US R&B
1999 Terror Squad 22 4
2004 True Story 7 1

More albums recorded to label

Upcoming releases

  • TBA: Terror Squad - A New Story

References

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