Artists | History | Producers
Upon his departure from Death Row Records in March 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 toward years end, featuring artists who were amongst the labels 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. Before years end, however, she abruptly left the label; claiming that Dre had been too slow to get the ball rolling on her project.
In fall 1997, Aftermath released the first—and only—collaborative project by hip hop super group, The Firm (comprised of Nas, AZ, Foxy Brown, among others). Despite the highly anticipated album featuring production and cameo appearances by Dr. Dre himself, debuting atop Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart and being certified platinum, it sold below commercial expectation. The group subsequently disbanded. Aftermath's next release was by rapper King Tee. His album, however, poorly performed, resulting in his leaving 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, shelved due to production conflict, also forced his departure.
Upon recommendation from Interscope label head, Jimmy Iovine, Aftermath signed Detroit-based rapper Eminem in 1998. The following year, Eminem's major label debut, The Slim Shady LP was released. The album topped Billboard's albums chart, went on to be certified quadruple plantinum, and arguably became the labels 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, Truth Hurts, The Last Emperor, and veteran rapper Rakim—whose album was ultimately shelved, due to production conflict. Aftermath, through a joint venture with Shady Records, released Get Rich or Die Tryin'; the multi-platinum major label debut album from 50 Cent in 2003. Rapper The Game signed with the label in 2004, through a joint venture with 50 Cent's G-Unit Records. Shortly after the release of his The Game's album, tension between he and 50 Cent ignited, resulting in The Game to depart the company.
Below is an extensive list of artists currently signed to Aftermath Entertainment.
Scott Storch - Former Keyboard player for The Roots. Scott Storch was an apprentice to Dr. Dre, co-producing several songs. He's now a super producer in his own right, having produced hits for 50 Cent, Beyonce, Lil Kim & Fat Joe. Storch is launching his own label under Aftermath.
Mike Elizondo - Bassist and co-producer for Dr. Dre. Aside from working closely with the Aftermath roster, Elizondo was also hired by Fiona Apple for work on her album. He's currently involved in the Detox project.
Focus - Producer signed to Aftermath. Credited for his work with pop artists such as N'Sync, P!nk, & Christina Milian. Focus is now adding hip-hop tracks to his discography. Focus has produced instrumentals for The Game, Cam'ron, Tony Yayo, and Al-Gator.
DJ Khalil - One half of producer/MC duo Self-Scientific with Chace Infinite, is known for working with a variety of artists such as Xzibit, Ras Kass, Busta Rhymes, Raekwon, Cypress Hill, G-unit and most recently, Jay-Z.
Hi-Tek - One half of producer/MC duo Reflection Eternal with Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek has produced for various G-Unit members' albums, including Lloyd Banks and The Game. Currently sending Dr. Dre tracks that may end up on the Detox album. Hi-Tek is creating his own label, which will be a subsidiary of Aftermath.
Denaun Porter - Though technically signed to Shady Records, Denaun a.k.a. Kon Artis has produced hits for all of Shady, Aftermath and G-Unit. He has production credits on D12's albums, Busta Rhymes' The Big Bang, the 8 Mile Soundtrack and produced 50 Cent's third major single, "P.I.M.P."
Dawaun Parker - Keyboardist and co-producer for Dr. Dre. In addition to being heavily inolved in the Detox project, Parker also played and co-wrote on several tracks from Busta Rhymes' The Big Bang. Parker also co-wrote 4 songs on Jay-Z's comeback album, Kingdom Come. Parker aka MostArt, is also one half of the hip-hop duo The GodBody, whom are releasing their debut album in 2007.
Mel-Man - Melvin Bradford, better known as Mel-Man, is a hip-hop producer who co-produced Dr. Dre's 2001 album. Recorded a song called "Sh**tin' On The World" which was featured on "Dr. Dre Presents... The Aftermath" compilation.