Top 10 to Watch For: Recap – Major Labels

Posted on March 19, 2012 by


As part of the Top 10 to Watch For series, I am going to try to write recap posts every now and then in addition to the 2012 list.  In case you haven’t been able to keep track of every artist we have listed over the years, these posts will give some info on where everyone is at now.  Each post, I am going to focus on different ways to assess artist growth and development.  Today’s post is about major label deals but getting signed is only part of the picture so future posts may discuss album sales, bodies of work produced, touring opportunities or anything else.  For now, hit the jump to find out where Da-What’s Top 10 to Watch for have landed over the years.


J. Cole signed to Roc nation in 2009

Young Chris signed to Universal Motown in 2010

Fashawn is unsigned as far as I know.

Charles Hamilton is barely even making music at this point.

Drake  signed with Young Money Entertainment in summer 2009

Kid Cudi signed to GOOD Music in 2008

Tyga had signed to Young Money in 2007

Big Sean had signed with GOOD Music in 2007

B.o.B had signed to Atlantic in 2007 and had signed to Grand Hustle in 2008

Mickey Factz signed to Battery/Jive records in 2010

Curren$y started his own Jet Life records and has remained independent.

Jay Electronica signed to Roc Nation in 2010

Wiz Khalifa signed to Atlantic in 2010

Blu  signed to Warner Brother in 2009

Wale had signed to Allido records in 2007 and had signed to Interscope in 2008.  After leaving Interscope, he signed with Roc Nation in 2009 and Maybach Music Group in 2011

11/15 currently on major label roster. 7/15 got deals after being named Top 10 to Watch For.


Clif Soulo, Diz Gibran, Sene, Tragedy the Beast, Mag, James Watts, Hollywood Floss, Luck-One and TiRon remain unsigned from this class.

XV signed with Warner Brothers in 2010

Pill joined Maybach Music group in 2011 in what people thought was a signing but left later that year.

Chip the Ripper remains independent on SLAB Entertainment

Donnis signed to Atlantic in 2010

Freddie Gibbs had signed to Interscope in 2005 but was eventually he dropped. He signed to Corporate Thugs Entertaiment (CTE) in 2011

Donny Goines started his own company Ink Different Ink in 2011.

3/15 currently on a major label roster. 2/15 got deals after being named to the Top 10.


Add-2, P.L. and Vic Mensa remain unsigned

Big K.r.i.t. signed to Def Jam in 2010

Childish Gambino signed to Glassnote Records in 2011

Cyhi da Prynce had signed to Konvict Muzik in 2008, with Def Jam in 2009 and with GOOD Music in 2010

Kendrick Lamar had signed with Top Dawg Entertainment around 2003-4

Laws signed to Asylum records in 2009

Los had signed to Bad Boy in 2005 and was dropped but resigned in 2012

Pac Div had signed with Universal Motown in 2008

7/10 currently on major label roster. 2/10 got deals after being named to our Top 10.


As For 2012, ASAP Rocky signed to Columbia in 2011, Machine Gun Kelly to Bad Boy that same year and Young Roddy has been a part of the JETS as long as I have heard.  TeamBackPack is doing their own independent thing and I can’t wait to see what they have in store.  We’ll just have to wait and see if Erk Tha Jerk, K. Sparks, Macklemore, Scolla, STS, or the Kid Daytona go major.