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Rap and Hip Hop Resources: First Wave Record Labels

A guide to finding resources for rap and hip hop research

Influential Record Labels

Many new record labels emerged to record early hip-hop artists, and many major labels also tested the waters of rap and hip-hop, including:

Sugar Hill Records
Enjoy
Mercury
Elektra

You can do a search of the library's catalog to see all of the Sugar Hill or Enjoy LPs we have.

  • Go to the online catalog
  • Click on the tab that says NUMBERS
  • Click on the tab that says LOCAL CALL #
  • Type in "12/33Sugarhill" or "12/33Enjoy"

"12/33" is the call number we use to indicate that something is a record, and "Sugarhill" indicates the record label.


Below are some recordings from these early labels.

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