A lot of artists are currently making big moves with their own record label. From collaborating with international music record companies, such as Sony and Empire, to making their own mark, these artists owned labels are passing the bar.
Mp3bullet.ng has created a star-studded list of record labels that currently have some of Nigeria’s top artists at the helm, running the ship. These labels have gone on to produce hits and hitmakers, some of which remain relevant in the present time.
These artists aim to groom upcoming musicians under their Nigerian record label, using their experience to guide the new acts through old tricks.
Meanwhile, some artists just can bear to be under the confines of a record label that misunderstands their sound, therefore their craving for independence led them to establish their own record label.
Here’s a list of artists who have banging record labels, alongside their musical career:
Phyno Fino is at the helm of PentHauze Music, a record label that produced top artists like Runtown, Shugaboi, and Flipside in 2011.
Although Runtown left after two years with the label, PentHauze had created a name for itself with hits from Phyno, and Runtown alike.
Phyno has released most of his studio albums under the record label, to much acclaim.
After leaving his former record label, Made Men Group (Triple MG) in 2018, Tekno proceeded to announce that he will be launching his very own record label in January 2019.
Tekno’s Cartel is yet to lift off as one would expect but it definitely has recognition for being one of those run by a top Nigerian artist who continues to make waves with their music.
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Dem Mama Records once boasted of top artists, Patoranking, Runtown, Skales, King Perryy, and others. Runtown and Skales decided to go their own ways after spending years with Timaya’s label.
Timaya’s song Dem Mama could have inspired the name of his record label, it brings his record label to mind every time one listens to it.
8) Mr Eazi
Mr Eazi is known for championing Banku Music, an infusion of Ghana highlife peppered with Nigerian beats. He’s also the brain behind emPawa Africa, an initiative that encourages the growth of upcoming African artists.
While emPawa Africa isn’t exactly a record label, it does have labels under it and is responsible for the rise of JoeBoy, who is currently killing the airwaves with hits upon hits, and awesome collaborations.
emPawa Africa is an initiative that drives artists’ management, record labels, marketing, publishing, distribution, and so much more in the music sphere.
It also hosts several masterclasses for artists, producers, and music buffs who are interested in learning the business of music, and making it into the mainstream while they are at it.
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7) Naira Marley
Naira Marley has always been an independent artist, whose rise to fame was mostly due to his arrest by EFCC.
However, Naira Marley used all he had to his advantage, to create a huge fanbase of Marlians across Nigeria, while simultaneously releasing hits upon hits.
In December 2019, Naira Marley announced to fans who were present at his concert that he has launched his own record label, Marlian Records.
Marlian Records presently has Zinoleesky, MohBad, Fabian Blu, and C-Blvck, signed to its label.
2Baba’s Hypertek once boasted of Dammy Krane has an artist, until they parted ways years before Krane‘s arrest in America.
Hypertek is a subsidiary of 960 Music Group. and it established by 2face after the star left Kennis Music.
In 2013, Hypertek signed Sir Victor Uwaifo as one of the record label’s artists; although we’ve not heard much from the aforementioned artist these past years.
5) Burna Boy
Although Spaceship Entertainment is spearheaded by Burna Boy’s mother, Bose Ogulu, the Wonderful singer remains an active face of the record label.
Spaceship Entertainment was established in 2015 and currently has Burna Boy has its major star. The African Giant still sticks with his mother’s label in spite of his deals with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records and Warner Music Group.
The Grammy award nominee might not have enough time to run Spaceship alongside his mother, but Bose Ogulu handles it well for him, having three artists (including Burna Boy) signed on the label so far.
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Davido launched Davido Music Worldwide after his exit from HKN, which he and his brother – Adewale Adekunle – handled before he went independent.
Davido presently has a joint deal with Sony Music and DMW, this took place when he renegotiated his deal in 2017, after having a disagreement with the multinational company about his creative process.
Wizkid created Starboy Entertainment in 2013, after leaving Banky W’s defunct EME record label.
Starboy Entertainment had several artists signed to the label, including; L.A.X, R2Bees, Mr Eazi, Maleek Berry, Legendury Beatz, and more.
However, in 2017, Mr Eazi debunked Wizkid’s announcement about joining Starboy. Eazi stated that he wasn’t a signed artist, but a business associate with label instead.
Most of the artists signed by Wizkid have either left to create their own independent record label or sign with international record labels. Meanwhile, some didn’t officially make their exit from Wizzy’s label known.
Olamide’s YBNL has become a force to be reckoned with, in the Nigerian music scene.
Yahoo Boy No Laptop (YBNL) was launched by Olamide Baddo in 2012, and has gone on to make some of the superstar artists that exist in Nigeria today, from Adekunle Gold to Lil Kesh, and more.
Fireboy DML is the new generation artist that is currently making raves home and abroad, standing on the support of his steady record label.
Olamide’s recent deal with the international record label, Empire Records gives YBNL an added advantage over their peers. With YBNL and Empire’s joint deal, every artist under the label will have their music distributed worldwide.
1) Don Jazzy
Don Jazzy is the champ when it comes to owning record labels that have far-reaching influence. From the days of Mo’Hits record to Mavin. the living legend has helped a lot of artists become superstars who have huge recognition in Nigeria, and internationally.
With Mo’Hits he had artists like Dbanj, Wande Coal, D’Prince, and others stamping their mark in the early 2000s. The proceeded to bring up artists like Korede Bello, Reekado Banks, and Di’ja with Mavin. Tiwa Savage was also a Mavin artist before she joined Universal Music Group.
Don Jazzy never misses it, and he still retains his role as the top music producer and Nigerian record label CEO.