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EMPIRE is an American distribution company and record label based in San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
with offices in New York City
New York City
and Atlanta
Atlanta
. Founded in 2010 by Ghazi Shami, it has released albums in the genres of hip hop, R&B, reggae, rock, gospel, Latin, and pop.

Companies and artists such as Top Dawg Entertainment (Kendrick Lamar , ScHoolboy Q , Ab-Soul ), Steel Wool ( Anderson .Paak , Watsky , Jez Dior), Funk Volume ( Dizzy Wright , Jarren Benton ), ESGN (Freddie Gibbs ), Think It's A Game Entertainment ( Rich Homie Quan , YFN Lucci), Paper Route Empire ( Young Dolph ), Trill Entertainment (Boosie Badazz , Webbie ), Last Kings Records ( Tyga ), Taylor Gang Entertainment (Berner, Chevy Woods
Chevy Woods
), Hustle Gang ( T.I. ), Nature Sounds ( J. Dilla , Devin The Dude , Pete Rock ), Jamla Records (9th Wonder , Rapsody ), Bad Vibes Forever (XXXTENTACION) and Mastered Trax (C-Kan) have partnerships with EMPIRE, with music being distributed across platforms such as iTunes , Google Play
Google Play
, Amazon.com
Amazon.com
, Deezer , Spotify
Spotify
, Soundcloud and Rdio , along with physical CD’s and vinyl being distributed to traditional record stores.

EMPIRE has supported the debut albums and early singles of a number of early artists, frequently signing young talent. In the Atlanta scene, they were the first label to release Trinidad James , Rich Homie Quan , Migos , Rocko (rapper) and K Camp . In Los Angeles, they have distributed and/or are still distributing artists such as Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Problem , Skeme and Crooked I . They've also been involved in New York with releases from Troy Ave , Styles P , Cam\'ron and Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes
. On the R&B side they have signed artists such as Eric Bellinger , Jacquees , Jesse Boykins III , Jonn Hart and Lyrica Anderson . EMPIRE has also had several chart topping reggae albums, including reggae artist J Boog's album Backyard Boogie and Shaggy 's 2013 release Out Of Many, One Music.

A number of albums and singles distributed by EMPIRE have charted on Billboard, including "Look at Me " by XXXTENTACION , "All the Way Up " by Fat Joe
Fat Joe
& Remy Ma , "Broccoli " by D.R.A.M. , "Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) " by Rich Homie Quan , “Might Be” and “OTW” by DJ Luke Nasty, Malibu by Anderson .Paak , Section.80 by Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
, Gas Pedal by Sage the Gemini , Phantom and the Ghost by Styles P , #IWantDat by Mindless Behavior
Mindless Behavior
, Knock Madness by Hopsin
Hopsin
, and Stoner\'s EP by Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Founding * 1.2 Releases

* 2 Awards and nominations

* 2.1 Grammy Awards

* 3 Artists

* 4 Discography

* 4.1 Singles

* 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links

HISTORY

FOUNDING

EMPIRE was founded in 2010 by CEO, Ghazi Shami, a music technology graduate of San Francisco State University and the former Director of Urban Music at INgrooves . In operating the company, Shami was joined by Nima Etminan, an MBA graduate in Media Management from Hamburg Media School. Etminan, co-founder of the hip hop platform DubCNN.com, worked to expand the mission and services, and as of 2011 was handling Marketing and A&R. Etminan now serves as Vice President of Operations and A&R.

RELEASES

One of the label's first charting releases was Authenticity by hip hop duo The Foreign Exchange , released on October 12, 2010. It peaked at #145 on the US Billboard 200
Billboard 200
, and #23 on the US R&B chart. Rapper ScHoolboy Q 's album Setbacks , released on January 11, 2011, also charted, reaching #100 on the Billboard 200. Longterm Mentality by Ab-Soul , released the following April, peaked at #32 on the US Billboard Top Heatseekers . In November 2013, Hopsin's Knock Madness album peaked at #76 on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
and at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

Nima Etminan soon signed California hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
to the distribution company, and as of early 2012 EMPIRE began handling distribution for all the projects by Top Dawg Entertainment , including Lamar's Section.80 . Released on July 2, 2011, the album reached #113 on the US Billboard 200
Billboard 200
and #1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums .

2012 saw releases by artists such as Slum Village , Trinidad James , Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
, and Freddie Gibbs , several of which charted. In 2012 the label helped organize a 2013 tour between Trae tha Truth and J. Stalin . Also in 2013, EMPIRE distributed the album Still Goin In (Reloaded) by Rich Homie Quan , which was named tenth best mixtape of 2013 by Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
. Recent albums include Phantom and the Ghost by Styles P , released on April 29, 2014. It charted at #74 on US Billboard 200 , and #14 on US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums .

In 2013, EMPIRE established its recording division, with Fairfield, CA native Sage The Gemini being the first signee. Sage's two debut singles " Gas Pedal " and " Red Nose " became nationwide hits, earning him and the label a platinum plaque for "Gas Pedal" and a gold plaque for "Red Nose". Sage's debut album Remember Me was released in March 2014 under EMPIRE Recordings/Republic Records. Other artists on Empire Recordings include Rayven Justice , Jonn Hart , D Lo, Emilio Rojas , Baeza , Dmac, M.I.C. Show Banga , Smoovie Baby and Priceless Da Roc. At 2014's SXSW Festival
SXSW Festival
in Austin, TX , EMPIRE hosted their first official showcase, featuring performances by Slim Thug
Slim Thug
, Eric Bellinger , Problem, Dorrough Music , Emilio Rojas and the EMPIRE Recordings roster.

In 2015 and 2016 EMPIRE saw tremendous success at radio with Rich Homie Quan’s “Flex (Ooh Ooh Ooh)” charting at #1 on Urban Mainstream Radio, DJ Luke Nasty’s single “Might Be” charting at #5 on Urban Mainstream Radio, Fat Joe
Fat Joe
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* 9th Wonder
9th Wonder
* 2nd Nature * Ab-Soul * The Alchemist * A.CHAL * Alexis y Fido * Amanda Perez * Anderson Paak * Andre Nickatina * Anoyd * Bankroll Mafia * B-Legit * Berner * Bobby V * Boosie Badazz * BROCKHAMPTON * Chronixx * Clyde Carson * Colonel Loud * Crooked I * Da YoungFellaz * Daz Dillinger * D.R.A.M. * Diamond D
Diamond D
(D.I.T.C.) * Dizzy Wright * DJ Luke Nasty * DJ Kay Slay * DJ Pauly D * Doe B * EarthGang * Electropoint * Emilio Rojas * Eric Bellinger * Ester Dean * Fashawn * Flipsyde * Freddie Gibbs * Glasses Malone * Hayley Kiyoko * Hopsin
Hopsin
* Hustle Gang * Iamsu! ( HBK Gang ) * Jacquees * J Boog * J Dilla
J Dilla
* J-Haze * J. Valentine * Jacob Latimore * Jarren Benton * Jesse Boykins III * Jim Jones * Jonn Hart * Kidd Upstairs * Keak Da Sneak * Kilo Kish * Kurupt * Lamont Sincere * Lil Duval * Lil Z * Lumidee * Lyrica Anderson * Mac Dre * Mandy Rain * Mann * Mars * Messy Marv * Mistah F.A.B. * Mitchy Slick * Mozzy * Nef the Pharaoh * Nefew * No Malice (The Clipse) * Philthy Rich * Pia Mia * PnB Rock * Popcaan * Problem * Raider Klan (RVIDXR KLVN) * Rapper Big Pooh * Rapsody * Rayven Justice * RBL Posse * Remy Ma * Rich Chigga * Rich Homie Quan * Rocko * Saba (rapper) * Sage The Gemini * Sean Garrett * Shaggy * Show Banga * Skeme * Skyzoo & Torae * Slim Thug
Slim Thug
* Starlito * Supa Bwe * Supa Cindy * Tego Calderon * The Foreign Exchange * The Grouch & Eligh * The Jacka * Trae tha Truth * Travis Garland * Trinidad James * Troy Ave * Turf Talk * Tyga * TGOD Mafia (Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and TM88) * UG Vavy * Victoria Monet * WC * We Are Toonz * White Eagle * XXXTENTACION * Young Chop * Young Dolph * Zion I * Zion y Lennox

DISCOGRAPHY

See also: Category: Empire Distribution albums

Incomplete list of releases for Empire Distribution YR CAT TITLE ARTIST(S) DETAILS CERTIFICATIONS

2010 ERE Authenticity The Foreign Exchange Oct 12, 2010 #145 on the Billboard 200 #23 US R&B

2011 ERE Setbacks ScHoolboy Q Jan 11, 2011 #100 on the US Billboard 200

2011 ERE Longterm Mentality Ab-Soul April 5, 2011 #32 on the US Billboard Top Heatseekers #73 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums

2011 ERE Section.80 Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
July 2, 2011 #113 on the US Billboard 200 #1 on the US Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums

2011 ERE Charity Starts At Home Phonte Sep 27, 2011

2011 ERE Element of Surprise P.Watts Oct 25, 2011

2011 ERE In None We Trust Crooked I Nov 17, 2011

2011 ERE Gift Of Gab 2 Rocko Nov 24, 2011

2012 ERE Dirty Slums Slum Village Mar 27, 2012

2012 ERE Stoner's EP Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
April 17, 2012 #31 on the US Billboard Independent Albums #33 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums

2012 ERE Don\'t Be S.A.F.E. Trinidad James Sep 18, 2012 #103 on the US Billboard 200 #8 on the US Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums

2012 ERE Baby Face Killa Freddie Gibbs Sep 25, 2012

2013 ERE Still Goin In (Reloaded) Rich Homie Quan Feb 8, 2013 Named tenth best mixtape of 2013 by Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
.

2013 ERE The Year of the Underdogz Young Noble & Gage Gully May 7, 2013

2013 ERE West Coast Gangsta Shit Daz Dillinger and WC June 19, 2013

2013 ERE ESGN (Evil Seeds Grow Naturally) Freddie Gibbs June 20, 2013 #8 on US Billboard Heatseekers Albums #24 on US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

2013 ERE Cold Turkey Starlito July 2, 2013

2013 ERE108 Apex Predator Crooked I July 30, 2013 #33 on US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

2013 ERE110 3ChordFold Terrace Martin Aug 13, 2013 #43 on US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums #9 on US Billboard Heatseekers Albums

2013 ERE Travis Garland Travis Garland Sep 10, 2013

2013 ERE Gas Pedal EP Sage The Gemini Sep 10, 2013

2013 ERE119 Take It Or Leave It Cory Mo 2013

2013 ERE O.K.E. (Deluxe Edition) The Game Oct 8, 2013 #89 on the US Billboard 200 #19 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums

2013 ERE Knock Madness Hopsin
Hopsin
Nov 24, 2013 #1 on US Billboard Heatseekers Albums #7 on US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums #6 on US Billboard Independent

2014 ERE135 Tortoise and the Crow CD Grouch , Eligh Mar 04, 2014

2014 ERE136 Keep It On the D-Lo D-Lo Apr 01, 2014

2014 ERE139 Phantom and the Ghost Styles P Apr 29, 2014 #74 on US Billboard 200
Billboard 200
#14 on US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums #18 on US Billboard Independent

2014 ERE141 Mafia Royalty 2K14 AWOL Apr 29, 2014

2014 ERE Barrel Brothers Skyzoo and Torae May 27, 2014

2014 ERE141 Venice Anderson .Paak Oct 28, 2014

2015 ERE Strictly Roots Morgan Heritage June 8, 2015 Grammy Award Winning : Best Reggae Album

2015 ERE141 Fuk Wat They Talkin Bout Tyga Aug 24, 2015

2015 ERE141 Shadow of a Doubt Freddie Gibbs Nov 20, 2015

2016 ERE141 Malibu Anderson .Paak Jan 15, 2016

2016 ERE141 King of Memphis Young Dolph Feb 19, 2016 #49 on US Billboard 100

2016 ERE256 Rosecrans DJ Quik & Problem 2016

2017 ERE Acoustic Levitation Devin The Dude 2017

SINGLES

Notable singles released by EMPIRE

* 2011

* Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
– "ADHD"

* 2012

* Hopsin
Hopsin
– "Ill Mind of Hopsin
Hopsin
5" * Trinidad James – " All Gold Everything "

* 2013

* Alexis y Fido" – "Rompe La Cintura" * Problem – "Like Whaaat" * Rocko – " U.O.E.N.O. " * Sage The Gemini – "Red Nose" * T.I. – "Memories Back Then"

* 2014

* Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes
– "Calm Down " ft. Eminem * Rayven Justice – "Hit or Nah" * Rich Homie Quan – "Walk Thru" * Sage The Gemini – "Gas Pedal" * Troy Ave – "About The Money"

* 2015

* Alexis y Fido – "Una en un Millon" * Colonel Loud – "California" ft. T.I., Young Dolph & Ricco Barrino * D.R.A.M. – "Cha Cha" * Jermaine Dupri – "WYA" ft. Bow Wow * Kane Brown – "Used To Love You Sober" * Nef The Pharaoh – "Big Tymin’" * P Diddy – "Finna Get Loose" ft. Pharrell * Popcaan – "Never Sober" * Rich Homie Quan – "Flex" (Ooh Ooh Ooh) * Rich Homie Quan – "The Most" * Tyga – "Stimulated"

* 2016

* D.R.A.M. – "Broccolli" ft. Lil Yachty * Fat Joe
Fat Joe
& Remy Ma – "All The Way Up" ft. French Montana & Jay-Z (Remix) * Lloyd – "Tru" * Luke Nasty – "Might Be" * Luke Nasty – "OTW" * Wizkid – "Shabba" ft. Chris Brown, Trey Songz -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

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Linkedin
. Retrieved 2014-05-30. * ^ A B "Nima Etminan: The Man Behind DubCNN". 2DBZ. December 1, 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-30. * ^ " Hopsin
Hopsin
– Chart history Billboard". billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-07-29. * ^ " Hopsin
Hopsin
– Chart history Billboard". billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-07-29. * ^ Caples, Garret (December 11, 2012). "YEAR IN MUSIC 2012: Waiting for Four-O". San Francisco Bay Guardian . Retrieved 2014-05-30. * ^ A B "10 Best Mixtapes of 2013: Rich Homie Quan, \'Still Goin\' In Reloaded\'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-04-17. * ^ http://www.dubcnn.com/2013/08/22/bayareas-sagethegeminisignsdealwithempireuniversalrepublic/ * ^ "EMPIRE Presents: YNGCA x YNGTX – The Tap Room – Austin, TX on 3/14/2014 – 25 photos, pictures and videos on CrowdAlbum". crowdalbum.com. Retrieved 2014-07-29. * ^ "New Artists". Empire Distribution. Retrieved 2014-05-30. * ^ " Heatseekers Albums : Jul 06, 2013 Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.com. 2013-07-06. Retrieved 2013-08-27. * ^ " Crooked I – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-10-15.

* ^ " Hopsin
Hopsin
– Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-01-26.

EXTERNAL LINKS

* www.empi.re

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