Who Is Signed to Empire Records (2022)

The San Francisco-based indie distributor, Empire Records has released albums from large industry names such as Snoop Dogg, Young Dolph, Robin Thicke, and Iggy Azalea, as well as popular country artists.

Although EMPIRE has made a name in hip-hop, counting  Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, and DRAM, many are still unaware of its full roster. Today, we will unpack exactly who is signed to Empire Records, and a few facts you may have not known about the company to remove the guesswork from your research. Let’s get to it.

Who Is Signed to Empire Records (2022)

Who Is Signed to Empire Records Distribution?

Who Is Signed to Empire Records Distribution?

According to Wikipedia, as of 2022 Empire Records has the following artists signed under their label/distribution company (highlighted red are the Empire Distribution artists that died whose stories we cover further in the article)

SpaceGhostPurrpDaz DillingerThe Grouch & ElighFireboy DML
J DillaJim JonesBoosie BadazzProblem
SOB X RBELooteZion IWHITE EAGLE
Che’NellePhresherKuruptSkyzoo & Torae
RBL PossePleasure PShaggyKonshens
9th WonderRobb BanksNef the PharaohBrockhampton
2nd NatureThe AlchemistTego CalderonOlamide
BONESVictoria MonetRemy MaSaba
D SmokeSean GarrettStarlitoHayley Kiyoko
RotimiThe Foreign ExchangeTinkDizzy Wright
Rapper Big PoohDoe BTrae tha TruthHustle Gang
BeachBoyNinoMarioShapiro (Song writer)Skeme
J. ValentineRobin ThickeWe Are ToonzEric Bellinger
Keak Da SneakDouniaAdam LambertZ-Ro
B-LegitXXXTentacion (Deceased)Bobby VFreddie Gibbs
MAJOR.Mack WildsJustina ValentineDJ Pauly D
Ester DeanMarsTravis GarlandKwengface
Messy MarvLeekThoughSlim ThugRakeem Miles
Lyrica AndersonDRAMEarthGangTank
Mistah F.A.B.Drakeo The RulerNIKIStyles P
PnB Rock (Deceased)JacqueesJake MillerTrinidad James
Philthy RichTrevor JacksonLil DuvalAnderson .Paak
Zion y LennoxNefewDiamond DYoung Chop
Show BangaDJ Kay SlayAmber LiuKing Von (Deceased)
Jarren BentonClyde CarsonGlasses MaloneAndre Nickatina
Mitchy SlickSupa BweTyra BAlexis & Fido
Ab-SoulDinah JaneRaisaLloyd
Kilo KishJewelJUsjooseJacob Latimore
No MaliceRapsodyMannSean Kingston
Young Dolph (Deceased)LuckiCrooked IMac Dre
MozzyHopsinEmilio RojasMandy Rain
FlipsydeBerner50 CentJoji
Yung BleuTurf TalkDru HillJ-HAZE
Lamont SincereBenny the ButcherBankroll MafiaSelfish
A.ChalRich Homie QuanMembers OnlyIggy Azalea
Rayven JusticeWande CoalYung BeefThe Jacka
Busta RhymesAmanda PerezKizz DanielChronixx
Rich BrianMo3 (Deceased)Aaliyah (Deceased)WC
RockoAfganJesse Boykins IIITroy Ave
PopcaanPia MiaRiff RaffB.o.B
FashawnIamsu!  

Is Empire Also A Record Label?

Is Empire also a record label? The answer is yes and no! Due to Fox's hit TV show, ‘Empire', which advertises, distributes, streams music and sells downloads under the ‘Empire’ brand, many people think when they read about EMPIRE Records, that they are referencing the TV show label – especially as the music style, genres etc are so similar.

However, the two are not the same. Empire the TV show is not a real record label, while Empire Distribution is a read record label; it has no ties with the TV show.

Is Empire Records Also Record Label?

Empire is one of the world's leading record labels, distributors, and publishers. In addition to providing comprehensive, cutting-edge social networking outreach and executing digital development projects, the company has developed the industry's most intuitive and efficient delivery and content management systems.

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So it doesn't come as a shock that the fictitious entity in the TV show would be seen to be emulating the real thing.

Who Is Signed To EMPIRE (Record Label Division)?

Alex Faith & Dre MurrayThe Grouch & ElighCool UncleSavannah Conley
Slim ThugSleepy DAndre NickatinaKamaiyah
Robb BanksCelly CelDavid BannerRayven Justice
JuneJ. StalinMR. CAPON-EBusta Rhymes
MozzyN.O.R.ELil YeePhilthy Rich
DJ Kay SlayBaezaHot RainRaekwon
Trinidad JamesJarren BentonGoapeleYxngxr1
DB Tha GeneralRaloAnderson PaakIman Omari
Snoop DoggTwistaNef The PharaohIshDARR
TygaB.O.B.Hi-ToneMac Mall
Freddie GibbsSadat XRayana JayMorgan Heritage
Skyzoo & ToraeFigg PanameraDreezyRapsody
SammieRound2CrewPete MullerKeak Da Sneak
Devin The DudeTECRudeboy MafiaSOB x RBE
LunizPlanet AsiaREEM DocsVellione
KonshensTroy AveMitchy SlickShow Banga
T-RellEric BellingerTrae Tha TruthEarthgang
Styles PLil RomoJez DiorSky Balla
SkyzooA.CHALDJ FreshRicky Hil
22nd WaysZ-RoThe MekanixYoung Dolph
The JackaPaul WallJay.KeyzKool John
B-LegitTenille ArtsXXXTENTACIONP-Lo
Zion FosterFat Joe & Remy MaBoosie BadazzMichael Christmas
Kutt CalhounLuckiBoscoStarlito

Empire Distribution Artists That Died

  1. PnB Rock:
    This is the most recent death in a string of rappers who were signed to the record label. TikTok users have been pointing out the details of the other artists signed to Empire who have passed away, speculating a possible connection between them and the label. There is an ongoing conspiracy about Empire Distribution and other record labels that sign rappers, as many people believe the music industry is evil— however, of course, these are just conspiracies.
  2. XXXTentacion:
    XXXTentacion's death was a tragic loss for the music industry. The young rapper was only twenty-one years old when he was gunned down in Florida. He had signed a new ten-million-dollar deal with EMPIRE Records just months before his death, and was widely considered to be one of the most promising young talents in the rap game.
  3. Young Dolph:
    Memphis rapper, Young Dolph died in a fatal shooting in November 2021. His autopsy revealed he was shot 22 times! Young Dolph signed to Empire Records (Empire Distribution, Records and Publishing) in 2019.
  4. King Von:
    In November 2020, King Von died of a gunshot wound. The rapper was signed to Empire Distribution under Lil Durk's label imprint, “Only The Family”. The 26-year-old had a short-lived career of only 2 years which kicked off after the release of his single, “Crazy Story”.
  5. Mo3:
    Mo3 who was previously signed to Epic Records, bought himself out of his contract after being involved in a shooting. He was not convicted, however, but due to the bad press Epic found this problematic, and he ended up leaving the label. Trouble followed him – he released Osame and Badazz Mo3 in 2019 and 2020 under Empire distribution and was shot and killed in November 2020 at the age of 28. The rapper was being followed and fled to the highway before the fatal shooting.
  6. Drakeo The Ruler:
    The Empire Record Label artist Drakeo The Ruler was only 28 years old when he was stabbed to death at a Once Upon A Time in LA Festival in December 2021. The young rapper had only released one project under the label before his untimely death. The news of Drakeo The Ruler's death came as a shock to the music world, as he was an up-and-coming artist with a lot of potential. The young man's life was cut short, and his career was set to flourish with the booking of him performing alongside legends Snoop, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent.

Do Empire Record Label Artists Own Their Masters?

Upon intensive Google research, it does not seem that Empire Record Label artists own their masters! That being said, it is possible that some artists might have something in their contract that will help them to get their masters. We won't know for sure unless both parties make the information public.

Who Is the Richest Empire Records Artist?

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According to The Richest, Adam Lambert is the richest Empire Records artist. He began his career at a young age as an exceptional singer-songwriter and actor. As a runner-up in the 8th American Idol season in 2009, he gained prominence. This talented artist and actor have a net worth of $30 million, making him the richest artist under the label. In addition to EMPIRE, he has partnered with Queen as well.

Who Is the Owner of Empire Records?

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The founder, CEO, and principal supporter of Empire Records is Ghazi Shami, a native of San Fransisco, California. It was founded in 2010 as a distribution company and record label. Among the best artists, Empire Record has worked with are DRAM and Tyga.

A decade before he became a hit record champion, Ghazi Shami was building computers. My passion for technology and music has always run hand in hand,” says Ghazi, who operates a music label and distribution company called Empire, which has released hits by Tyga, Migos, and Money Man.

How Does Empire Pay Their Artists?

How Does Empire Pay Their Artists?

Cryptocurrency is not a game! The music industry is changing, and of recent, it's made a revolutionary change that has taken over so many avenues. EMPIRE, the San Francisco-based company, announced in November 2021 that it offers advanced payments to its artists.

According to The Shade Room, Ghazi who founded EMPIRE distribution and record label in 2010, is now enabling artists to receive advanced payments via Bitcoin and through CashApp.

The new advance payment system is part of a new way to innovate financial tools for artists, according to Empire. A number of rappers call Empire home, such as #YungBleu, #42Dugg, and the late #KingVon. At current valuations, Atlanta rapper #MoneyMan is the first artist to receive a $1 million advance through the decentralized digital currency. Each digital token is worth around $68,000.

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