Rawkus

Rawkus

Profile:
New York City Hip-Hop label founded in 1995 by Brian Brater and Jarret Myer,
that promoted independent and unknown underground artists,
including Mos Def and Company Flow among others, putting out a steady stream of quality releases and becoming one of the dominant labels in the underground hip-hop scene in the mid/late 90's.

Started with the financial help of James Murdoch, schoolmate of the two founders, the majority of the label was bought in 1996 by his father, tycoon Rupert Murdoch, through News Corporation.

In 2002 Rawkus signed a joint venture deal with MCA Records.
Soon after, MCA folded and Interscope Records / Geffen Records bought Rawkus.
After the sale of its catalog in 2004, Rawkus split from Geffen.
NOTE: After MCA Records acquired Rawkus they started putting their style cat # on Rawkus releases. So any represses or new releases after the acquisition reflect an MCA Records style catalog number.

The label re-emerged in 2006, signing a new distribution agreement with RED Distribution for the new releases and, in 2007, presenting the "Rawkus 50" project, with which it produced a selection of 50 Hip-Hop artists, known and unknown, distributing the albums through the digital market.

Rawkus issues were distribuited by:
- Priority Records (1999–2002)
- MCA Records (2002–2003)
- Geffen Records (2004)
- RED Distribution (2006–2007)
Sublabels
Parent Label:
Contact Info:
676 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY, United States 10012
(Obsolete)
Sites:

Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
17 Blue Scholars - Bayani Blue Scholars Bayani(2xLP, Album + CD, Ltd) Rawkus, Massline 17 US 2007 Sell This Version
175P-1 Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star - RE: DEFinition Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star - RE: DEFinition(12", Promo) Rawkus 175P-1 US 1998 Sell This Version
505 The Beatnuts - The Trouble Is... The Beatnuts The Trouble Is...(12", TP) Rawkus 505 US 2002 Sell This Version
53473-1 Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star - Respiration Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star - Respiration(12") Rawkus 53473-1 US 1999 Sell This Version
53473-2 Black Star - Respiration Black Star Respiration(CD, Single, Car) Rawkus 53473-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
53473-4 Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star - Respiration Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star - Respiration(Cass, Single) Rawkus 53473-4 US 1999 Sell This Version
53568 Pharoahe Monch - Simon Says / Behind Closed Doors [Clean] Pharoahe Monch Simon Says / Behind Closed Doors [Clean](CD, Single) Rawkus 53568 US 1999 Sell This Version
112 896-2 Big L - The Big Picture (1974-1999) Big L The Big Picture (1974-1999) (Album) 112 896-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
112 897-2 Black Star - Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Black Star Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star(CD, Album, RE) Rawkus 112 897-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
112 900-2 Da Beatminerz - Brace 4 Impak Da Beatminerz Brace 4 Impak(CD, Album) Rawkus 112 900-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
112 902-2 Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology Hi-Tek Hi-Teknology(CD, Album) Rawkus 112 902-2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
112 903-2 Various - Lyricist Lounge (Volume One) Various Lyricist Lounge (Volume One)(2xCD, Comp) Rawkus 112 903-2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
112 907-2 Various - Soundbombing Various Soundbombing (Comp) 112 907-2 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
112 910-2 Various - Soundbombing II Various Soundbombing II(CD, Mixed, RP) Rawkus 112 910-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
112 911-2 The High & Mighty - Home Field Advantage The High & Mighty Home Field Advantage(CD, Album) Rawkus 112 911-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
112 917-2 Various - Soundbombing III Various Soundbombing III(CD, Comp, Mixed) Rawkus 112 917-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
112 923-2 Talib Kweli & Hi Tek* : Reflection Eternal - Train Of Thought Talib Kweli & Hi Tek* : Reflection Eternal Talib Kweli & Hi Tek* : Reflection Eternal - Train Of Thought (Album) 112 923-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
113 048-2 Talib Kweli - Quality Talib Kweli Quality (Album) 113 048-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
0144992KOC Kool G Rap - The Giancana Story Kool G Rap The Giancana Story(CD, Album) Koch Records, Rawkus 0144992KOC Germany 2002 Sell This Version
196122 Various - Razorblade Breaks - The Original Cuts Volume 1 Various Razorblade Breaks - The Original Cuts Volume 1(LP, Comp) Rawkus 196122 US Unknown Sell This Version
210 327-2 Talib Kweli Featuring Mary J. Blige - I Try Talib Kweli Featuring Mary J. Blige Talib Kweli Featuring Mary J. Blige - I Try(12") Rawkus, Island Records Group, Blacksmith Music 210 327-2 UK 2004 Sell This Version
238 471-2 Kool G Rap - The Giancana Story Kool G Rap The Giancana Story(CD, Album) Koch Records, Rawkus 238 471-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
53473-2P Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star - Respiration Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star - Respiration(CD, Single, Promo) Rawkus 53473-2P US 1999 Sell This Version
986 370-5 Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Struggle Talib Kweli The Beautiful Struggle(CD, Album) Rawkus 986 370-5 Australia 2004 Sell This Version
9864081 Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Struggle Talib Kweli The Beautiful Struggle(CD, Album, S/Edition) Rawkus 9864081 UK 2004 Sell This Version
9887293 Various - Rawkus Records: Best Of Decade I - 1995-2005 Various Rawkus Records: Best Of Decade I - 1995-2005(CD, Comp) Rawkus, Geffen Records 9887293 Australia 2005 Sell This Version
088 112 896-2 Big L - The Big Picture (1974-1999) Big L The Big Picture (1974-1999)(CD, Album, RE) Rawkus 088 112 896-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
088 112 897-2 Black Star - Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Black Star Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (Album) 088 112 897-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
088 112 898-2 Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus Company Flow Funcrusher Plus (Album) 088 112 898-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 112 899-2 Company Flow - Little Johnny From The Hospitul Company Flow Little Johnny From The Hospitul (Album) 088 112 899-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
088 112 901-2 Various - Egotrip's The Big Playback Various Egotrip's The Big Playback(CD, Comp, RE) Rawkus 088 112 901-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 112 902-2 Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology Hi-Tek Hi-Teknology(CD, Album) Rawkus 088 112 902-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
088 112 903-2 Various - Lyricist Lounge Volume One Various Lyricist Lounge Volume One(2xCD, Comp) Rawkus 088 112 903-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
088 112 904-2 Various - Lyricist Lounge 2 Various Lyricist Lounge 2(CD, Comp) Rawkus 088 112 904-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
088 112 904-2 Various - Lyricist Lounge 2 Various Lyricist Lounge 2(CDr, Advance, MiniAlbum, Promo, Smplr) Rawkus 088 112 904-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
088 112 905-2 Mos Def - Black On Both Sides Mos Def Black On Both Sides (Album) 088 112 905-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
088 112 907-2 Various - Soundbombing Various Soundbombing(CD, Comp, Mixed, RE) Rawkus 088 112 907-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
088 112 910-2 Various - Soundbombing II Various Soundbombing II(CD, Mixed, RE) Rawkus 088 112 910-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 112 911-2 The High & Mighty - Home Field Advantage The High & Mighty Home Field Advantage(CD, Album) Rawkus 088 112 911-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
088 112 917-1 Various - Rawkus Records Presents Soundbombing III Various Rawkus Records Presents Soundbombing III(2xLP, Comp) Rawkus 088 112 917-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
088112917-2 Various - Soundbombing III Various Soundbombing III(CD, Comp, Mixed) Rawkus 088112917-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 112 923-2 Talib Kweli & Hi Tek* : Reflection Eternal - Train Of Thought Talib Kweli & Hi Tek* : Reflection Eternal Talib Kweli & Hi Tek* : Reflection Eternal - Train Of Thought (Album) 088 112 923-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 113 048-1 Talib Kweli - Quality Talib Kweli Quality(2xLP, Album) Rawkus 088 113 048-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 113 048-2 Talib Kweli - Quality Talib Kweli Quality (Album) 088 113 048-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 113 077-2 Talib Kweli - Quality Talib Kweli Quality(CD, Album, Cle) Rawkus 088 113 077-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 113 938-1 Talib Kweli - Get By Talib Kweli Get By(12", RE) Rawkus 088 113 938-1 US 2003 Sell This Version
088 113 972-1 Pharoahe Monch / Sir Menelik - Mayor / 7XL Pharoahe Monch / Sir Menelik Pharoahe Monch / Sir Menelik - Mayor / 7XL(12", RE) Rawkus 088 113 972-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 113 974-1 Talib Kweli - Waitin' For The DJ / Guerilla Monsoon Rap Talib Kweli Waitin' For The DJ / Guerilla Monsoon Rap(12", Single) MCA Records, Rawkus 088 113 974-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 113 975-1 Various - CIA / Talking To You Various CIA / Talking To You(12") Rawkus 088 113 975-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 113 976-1 Hi-Tek Feat. Common & Vinia Mojica / Talib Kweli - The Sun God / Get Back Pt. 2 Hi-Tek Feat. Common & Vinia Mojica / Talib Kweli Hi-Tek Feat. Common & Vinia Mojica / Talib Kweli - The Sun God / Get Back Pt. 2(12", RE) Rawkus 088 113 976-1 US 2001 Sell This Version
088 113 977-1 Mos Def / Company Flow / Diamond* - Next Universe / Patriotism / When It Pours It Rains Mos Def / Company Flow / Diamond* Mos Def / Company Flow / Diamond* - Next Universe / Patriotism / When It Pours It Rains(12", RE) Rawkus 088 113 977-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 113 991-1 Skillz - Crew Deep Skillz Crew Deep(12") Rawkus 088 113 991-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 113 997-1 Black Star - Definition / Twice In A Lifetime Black Star Definition / Twice In A Lifetime(12", RE) Rawkus 088 113 997-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 113 998-1 Mos Def / Talib Kweli - Body Rock / Manifesto Mos Def / Talib Kweli Mos Def / Talib Kweli - Body Rock / Manifesto(12", RE) Rawkus 088 113 998-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 155 983-1 Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek : Reflection Eternal - The Blast / Down For The Count / Train Of Thought Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek : Reflection Eternal Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek : Reflection Eternal - The Blast / Down For The Count / Train Of Thought(12", RE) Rawkus 088 155 983-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 155 984-1 Mos Def & Pharoahe Monch / Eric Sermon* - Oh No / Battle Mos Def & Pharoahe Monch / Eric Sermon* Mos Def & Pharoahe Monch / Eric Sermon* - Oh No / Battle(12", Single, RE) Rawkus 088 155 984-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 155 986-1 Mos Def - Ms. Fat Booty / Mathematics Mos Def Ms. Fat Booty / Mathematics(12", RE) Rawkus 088 155 986-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 155 987-1 Kweli* - Good To You / Put It In The Air Kweli* Good To You / Put It In The Air(12", Single) Rawkus 088 155 987-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 155 989-1 Mos Def - Universal Magnetic / If You Can Huh... Mos Def Universal Magnetic / If You Can Huh...(12", RE) Rawkus 088 155 989-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 155 996-1 Common - 1999 / Like They Used To Say Common 1999 / Like They Used To Say(12", RE) Rawkus 088 155 996-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
314 588 852-2 Jonell - Round And Round Jonell Round And Round(CD, Single) Def Soul 314 588 852-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
0694973301 Jurassic 5 - Quality Control Jurassic 5 Quality Control(12", Single) Interscope Records 0694973301 US 2000 Sell This Version
0881128962 Big L - The Big Picture 1974 - 1999 Big L The Big Picture 1974 - 1999(CD, Album, RE) Rawkus, Flamboyant Entertainment 0881128962 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
0881128972 Black Star - Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Black Star Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star(CD, Album, RE) Rawkus 0881128972 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
0881128982 Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus Company Flow Funcrusher Plus(CD, Album, RE) Rawkus 0881128982 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
0881129022 Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology Hi-Tek Hi-Teknology(CD, Album, RP) Rawkus 0881129022 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
0881129032 Various - Lyricist Lounge Volume One Various Lyricist Lounge Volume One(2xCD, Comp) Rawkus 0881129032 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
0881129052 Mos Def - Black On Both Sides Mos Def Black On Both Sides(CD, Album) Rawkus 0881129052 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
0881129102 Various - Soundbombing II Various Soundbombing II(CD, Mixed, RE) Rawkus 0881129102 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
0881129112 The High & Mighty - Home Field Advantage The High & Mighty Home Field Advantage(CD, Album, RE) Rawkus 0881129112 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
0881129232 Talib Kweli & Hi Tek* : Reflection Eternal - Train Of Thought Talib Kweli & Hi Tek* : Reflection Eternal Talib Kweli & Hi Tek* : Reflection Eternal - Train Of Thought(CD, Album, RE) Rawkus 0881129232 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
0881130482 Talib Kweli - Quality Talib Kweli Quality(CD, Album) Rawkus 0881130482 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
0881130672 Skillz - I Ain't Mad No More Skillz I Ain't Mad No More(CD, Album) Rawkus 0881130672 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
0 08815 59901 6 Refection Eternal, Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek, Mos Def, Mr. Man - Fortified Live / 2000 Seasons Refection Eternal, Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek, Mos Def, Mr. Man Refection Eternal, Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek, Mos Def, Mr. Man - Fortified Live / 2000 Seasons(12", RE) Rawkus 0 08815 59901 6 US 2002 Sell This Version
723.0358.130 Kool G Rap My Life(12") Rawkus, [pias] 723.0358.130 UK 2001 Sell This Version
723.9998.226 Various - Lyricist Lounge Various Lyricist Lounge(CD, Comp, Promo) [PIAS], Rawkus 723.9998.226 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
88697-18252-1 The Pack (2) - In My Car The Pack (2) In My Car(12", Single, Promo) Rawkus, Up All Nite, Jive, Zomba Label Group 88697-18252-1 US 2007 Sell This Version
88697-18252-2 The Pack (2) - In My Car The Pack (2) In My Car(CD, Single, Promo) Rawkus, Up All Nite, Jive, Zomba 88697-18252-2 US 2007 Sell This Version
00 4992 50121 25 The High & Mighty - Home Field Advantage The High & Mighty Home Field Advantage(CD, Album, RE) Rawkus, Rawkus, Rawkus, Rawkus, Rawkus 00 4992 50121 25 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
7243 5 26143 2 5 Talib Kweli & Hi Tek* : Reflection Eternal - Train Of Thought Talib Kweli & Hi Tek* : Reflection Eternal Talib Kweli & Hi Tek* : Reflection Eternal - Train Of Thought(CD, Album) Rawkus 7243 5 26143 2 5 US 2000 Sell This Version
7243 5 26168 2 4 Da Beatminerz - Brace 4 Impak Da Beatminerz Brace 4 Impak(CD, Album) Rawkus 7243 5 26168 2 4 US 2001 Sell This Version
72438-48172-4-4 The High & Mighty Home Field Advantage(Cass, Album) Rawkus 72438-48172-4-4 US 1999 Sell This Version
0075021033696 Talib Kweli Featuring Mary J. Blige - I Try Talib Kweli Featuring Mary J. Blige Talib Kweli Featuring Mary J. Blige - I Try(CD, Maxi, Enh) Rawkus 0075021033696 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
0075021033702 Talib Kweli feat. Mary J. Blige - I Try Talib Kweli feat. Mary J. Blige Talib Kweli feat. Mary J. Blige - I Try(CD, Single) Rawkus 0075021033702 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
0602498637050 Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Struggle Talib Kweli The Beautiful Struggle (Album) 0602498637050 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
0602498638156 Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Struggle Talib Kweli The Beautiful Struggle(2xLP, Album) Rawkus 0602498638156 Belgium 2004 Sell This Version
602537444724 Big L - The Big Picture Big L The Big Picture(Cass, Album, RE) Rawkus 602537444724 US 2013 Sell This Version
7 2438 38712 47 Hip Hop For Respect - Hip Hop For Respect Hip Hop For Respect Hip Hop For Respect(Cass) Rawkus 7 2438 38712 47 US 2000 Sell This Version
82876-88727-2 / 88697-00861-2 The Pack (2) - Based Boys The Pack (2) Based Boys(CD, Album) Rawkus, Up All Nite, Jive, Zomba 82876-88727-2 / 88697-00861-2 US 2007 Sell This Version
B0000760-11 Pharoahe Monch - Agent Orange Pharoahe Monch Agent Orange(12") Rawkus B0000760-11 US 2003 Sell This Version
B0000761-11 Skillz - Off The Wall Skillz Off The Wall(12", Single, Promo) Rawkus B0000761-11 US 2003 Sell This Version
B0003407-01 Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Struggle Talib Kweli The Beautiful Struggle(2xLP, Album) Rawkus B0003407-01 US 2004 Sell This Version
B000340702 Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Struggle Talib Kweli The Beautiful Struggle (Album) B000340702 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
B0003437-02 Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Struggle Talib Kweli The Beautiful Struggle(CD, Album) Rawkus B0003437-02 US 2004 Sell This Version
B0003463-02 Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Struggle Talib Kweli The Beautiful Struggle(CD, Album, Cle) Rawkus B0003463-02 US 2004 Sell This Version
B0003604-11 Talib Kweli - I Try Talib Kweli I Try(12") Rawkus B0003604-11 US 2004 Sell This Version
B000579802 Various - Rawkus Records: Best Of Decade I - 1995-2005 Various Rawkus Records: Best Of Decade I - 1995-2005(CD, Comp) Rawkus, Geffen Records B000579802 Canada 2005 Sell This Version
B0020913-01 Black Star - Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Black Star Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, RE, Two) Rawkus B0020913-01 US 2014 Sell This Version
B0021371-01 Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Struggle Talib Kweli The Beautiful Struggle(2xLP, Album, RE) Rawkus B0021371-01 US 2014 Sell This Version
B0021374-01 Talib Kweli - Quality Talib Kweli Quality(2xLP, Album, RE) Rawkus B0021374-01 US 2014 Sell This Version