Tommy Boy

Tommy Boy

Profile:
Tommy Boy is a US label that was established in 1981 by Tom Silverman when the entrepreneurial trade mag publisher began releasing the best of the demos crossing his path. He struck gold with the label's revolutionary debut, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force's Planet Rock. One of the only 12" singles ever to sell 600,000+ copies, it laid the foundation for the genre-defining house that Tommy built. Tommy Boy and its stable of stars led the way as the first wave of hip-hop's artistic translation of urban street culture became a mass-appeal phenomenon. With repeated high-charting crossover success, Tommy Boy earned almost 80 gold and platinum citations, and the label's groundbreaking grooves are essential pillars of hip-hop, as evidenced in this new collection of many of their greatest early tracks.

In 1985, Warner Bros. Records acquired 50% of the label and made Tom Silverman and Monica Lynch vice presidents of its new partner. However, Tommy Boy preferred to use independent distribution instead of the distribution channels owned by Warner Bros. Records' parent, Warner Music (then WEA Corp.). Five years later, Warner Bros. acquired the remaining 50% of the label. In 1995, following the controversy following the backlash against Warner Music’s gangsta artists, Silverman bought back 50% of his label. In February 2002, because Warner Music wanted larger unit sales, Tom Silverman bought back the remaining half of Tommy Boy and made it independent again. As part of the break-up, Warner Music was given first dibs to acquire the contracts of the artists signed to the label and became owner of the master recordings that Tommy Boy released until that date.

In 2017, Tommy Boy reacquired its catalogue, plus the catalogues of Brand Nubian, Grand Puba, and Club Nouveau, as a result of WEA divestments because of the latter’s purchase of Parlophone.

Note:
Historically, this label was not to be used on Discogs; releases bearing the Tommy Boy logo were only to be filed under either Tommy Boy Music or Tommy Boy Entertainment. Now, however, it is appropriate to use it as the label for releases bearing the Tommy Boy logo. Additional companies may still be entered.
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Contact Info:
ca. 2010 to present:
Tommy Boy Entertainment LLC
220 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
USA

2005 to ca. 2010:
Tommy Boy Entertainment LLC
120 5th Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10011
USA (Contact info now obsolete)

ca. 2002 to ca. 2004:
Tommy Boy Entertainment LLC
32 West 18th Street, Penthouse
New York, NY 10011
USA (Contact info now obsolete)

ca. 1993 to ca. 2002; ca. 2010 to unknown:
Tommy Boy Music
902 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10010
USA (Contact info now obsolete)

ca. 1984-1991:
Tommy Boy Music
1747 First Avenue
New York, NY 10128
USA (Contact info now obsolete)

ca. 1983:
Tommy Boy Music
210 East 90th Street
New York, NY 10028
USA (Contact info now obsolete)

1982-1983:
Tommy Boy Music
223 East 85th Street
New York, NY 10028
USA (Contact info now obsolete)

1981 (Second Address):
Tommy Boy Music Inc.
1641 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10028
USA
(212) 348-3966 (Contact info now obsolete)

1981 (First Address):
Tommy Boy Records
1641 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10028
USA
(212) 348-3966 (Contact info now obsolete)
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Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
0G0237 Noreaga - SuperThug Noreaga SuperThug(12", Promo) Tommy Boy 0G0237 UK 1998 Sell This Version
0G 0305 (móa) - Joy & Pain (móa) Joy & Pain 0G 0305 UK 1998 Sell This Version
0P0341 Afrika Bambaataa And The Soulsonic Force* - Planet Rock Afrika Bambaataa And The Soulsonic Force* Planet Rock(12", Ltd, Promo) Tommy Boy 0P0341 UK 1998 Sell This Version
0P0497 Stars On 54 - If You Could Read My Mind Stars On 54 If You Could Read My Mind(12", Promo) Tommy Boy 0P0497 UK 1998 Sell This Version
0P0785 Coolio Featuring 40 Thevz - C U When U Get There / Hit'Em Coolio Featuring 40 Thevz Coolio Featuring 40 Thevz - C U When U Get There / Hit'Em(12", Promo) Tommy Boy 0P0785 UK 1997 Sell This Version
0P2081A Handsome Boy Modeling School - Sunshine Handsome Boy Modeling School Sunshine(12", Single, Promo) Tommy Boy 0P2081A UK 2000 Sell This Version
0PO464 De La Soul - Me, Myself & I (Badmarsh & Shri Remixes) De La Soul Me, Myself & I (Badmarsh & Shri Remixes)(12", Promo) Tommy Boy 0PO464 UK 1998 Sell This Version
0PO646 De La Soul Me, Myself And I(12", Promo) Tommy Boy 0PO646 UK Unknown Sell This Version
0promo Rank 1 - Such is life Rank 1 Such is life(CD, Single, Promo, TP) Tommy Boy 0promo USA & Canada 2001 Sell This Version
1G04881 House Of Pain - Jump Around / House Of Pain Anthem House Of Pain Jump Around / House Of Pain Anthem(7", Promo) Grabaciones Accidentales, Grabaciones Accidentales, Tommy Boy 1G04881 Spain 1992 Sell This Version
1Y-0721-2 Queen Latifah + De La Soul - Mamma Gave Birth To The Soul Children (The New School Mixes - Re-educated By CJ Macintosh + John Waddell) Queen Latifah + De La Soul Queen Latifah + De La Soul - Mamma Gave Birth To The Soul Children (The New School Mixes - Re-educated By CJ Macintosh + John Waddell)(7", Single) Troya DSCS & RCRS 1Y-0721-2 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
1Y-0726-1 Digital Underground - Doowutchyalike Digital Underground Doowutchyalike(7", Single) Troya DSCS & RCRS, DRO 1Y-0726-1 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
1Y-0726-2 Digital Underground - The Humpty Dance Digital Underground The Humpty Dance(7", Single) Troya DSCS & RCRS 1Y-0726-2 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
2G470 Everlast - What It's Like Everlast What It's Like(CD, Single, Promo) Tommy Boy 2G470 UK 1999 Sell This Version
2G0484 (móa) - Memory Cloud (móa) Memory Cloud(CD, Single, Promo) Tommy Boy 2G0484 1998 Sell This Version
2G0785 Coolio Featuring 40 Thevz - C U When U Get There Coolio Featuring 40 Thevz Coolio Featuring 40 Thevz - C U When U Get There(CD, Single, Promo) Tommy Boy 2G0785 UK 1997 Sell This Version
2G01210 Prince Paul - A Prince Among Thieves Prince Paul A Prince Among Thieves(CD, Album, Promo) Tommy Boy 2G01210 UK 1998 Sell This Version
2G01257 (móa) - Universal (móa) Universal(CD, Album, Promo) Tommy Boy 2G01257 UK 1999 Sell This Version
2G 1442 6 Shot - The Actual Meaning 6 Shot The Actual Meaning(CD, Album, Promo) Tommy Boy 2G 1442 UK 2001 Sell This Version
2G04591 R1 Digital Underground - Kiss You Back Digital Underground Kiss You Back(12", Maxi) Tommy Boy 2G04591 R1 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
2G7305 (móa) - Joy & Pain (móa) Joy & Pain(CD, Single, Promo) Tommy Boy 2G7305 1998 Sell This Version
2G7310 Stetsasonic - Talkin All That Jazz (Remixes) Stetsasonic Talkin All That Jazz (Remixes)(CD, Maxi, Promo) Tommy Boy 2G7310 UK 1998 Sell This Version
2GA-0412-2 Information Society - How Long Information Society How Long(12", Maxi) Grabaciones Accidentales 2GA-0412-2 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
2GA-0412/1 Information Society - Think Information Society Think(12", Maxi) Grabaciones Accidentales, Tommy Boy 2GA-0412/1 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
2P346 Everlast - Ends Everlast Ends(CD, Single, Promo) Tommy Boy 2P346 UK 1999 Sell This Version
2P361 Naughty By Nature - The Megamix Naughty By Nature The Megamix(CD, Single, Promo) Tommy Boy 2P361 Denmark 1999 Sell This Version
2P0497 Stars On 54 : Ultra Naté, Amber, Jocelyn Enriquez - If You Could Read My Mind Stars On 54 : Ultra Naté, Amber, Jocelyn Enriquez Stars On 54 : Ultra Naté, Amber, Jocelyn Enriquez - If You Could Read My Mind(CD, Single, Promo) Tommy Boy, Tommy Boy 2P0497 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
2P1532 Sneaker Pimps - Bloodsport Sneaker Pimps Bloodsport(CD, Promo) Tommy Boy 2P1532 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
2P1542 Coo Coo Cal - Disturbed Coo Coo Cal Disturbed(CD, Mixed, Promo, Smplr) Tommy Boy 2P1542 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
2P1552 Sneaker Pimps - Bloodsport 5 Track Album Sampler Sneaker Pimps Bloodsport 5 Track Album Sampler(CD, Promo, Smplr) Tommy Boy 2P1552 UK 2001 Sell This Version
2P2081A Handsome Boy Modeling School - Sunshine Handsome Boy Modeling School Sunshine(CD, Maxi, Promo) Tommy Boy 2P2081A UK 2000 Sell This Version
2P2100A Tony Touch Feat. Total - I Wonder Why? (He's The Greatest DJ) Tony Touch Feat. Total Tony Touch Feat. Total - I Wonder Why? (He's The Greatest DJ)(CD, Single, Promo) Tommy Boy 2P2100A UK 2000 Sell This Version
2P2100G Tony Touch - I Wonder Why? (He's The Greatest DJ) Tony Touch I Wonder Why? (He's The Greatest DJ)(CD, Single, Promo) Tommy Boy 2P2100G UK 2000 Sell This Version
2P2154 De La Soul Featuring Chaka Khan - All Good? De La Soul Featuring Chaka Khan De La Soul Featuring Chaka Khan - All Good?(CD, Maxi, Promo) Tommy Boy 2P2154 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
2P2165 Everlast - Eat At Whitey's Everlast Eat At Whitey's(CDr, Promo, Smplr) Tommy Boy 2P2165 UK & Europe 2000 Sell This Version
2P2180 Everlast - Black Jesus Everlast Black Jesus(CD, Single, Promo) Tommy Boy 2P2180 UK 2000 Sell This Version
2P2323 Masters At Work - Work Masters At Work Work(CD, Maxi, Promo) Tommy Boy 2P2323 US 2000 Sell This Version
2P2338 De La Soul - AOI: Bionix Album Sampler De La Soul AOI: Bionix Album Sampler(CD, Enh, Promo, Smplr) Tommy Boy, Tommy Boy 2P2338 US 2001 Sell This Version
2PO464 De La Soul - Me, Myself & I (Badmarsh & Shri Remixes) De La Soul Me, Myself & I (Badmarsh & Shri Remixes)(CD, Single, Promo) Tommy Boy 2PO464 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
4GA-0413 TKA - Louder Than Love TKA Louder Than Love(LP, Album) Grabaciones Accidentales, Tommy Boy 4GA-0413 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
4GA-0426 Information Society - Information Society Information Society Information Society(LP, Album) GASA, Grabaciones Accidentales, Tommy Boy 4GA-0426 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
4Y-0721 Queen Latifah - All Hail The Queen Queen Latifah All Hail The Queen(LP, Album) Tommy Boy, Troya DSCS & RCRS 4Y-0721 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
5GA-0413 TKA - Louder Than Love TKA Louder Than Love(Cass, Album) Grabaciones Accidentales, Tommy Boy 5GA-0413 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
12AP 2938 Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force With Shango - Frantic Situation Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force With Shango Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force With Shango - Frantic Situation 12AP 2938 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
12EP 8026 Information Society - Lay All Your Love On Me Information Society Lay All Your Love On Me(CD, Mini, MiniAlbum) Tommy Boy 12EP 8026 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
12EP 8027 TKA - Don't Be Afraid TKA Don't Be Afraid(CD, Mini, Single) Tommy Boy 12EP 8027 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
12 IS 165 Malcolm X - No Sell Out Malcolm X No Sell Out(12") Tommy Boy, Tommy Boy 12 IS 165 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 IS 187 Beatmaster - Lipservice Beatmaster Lipservice(12") Tommy Boy, Island Records 12 IS 187 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 IS 194 Special Request (2) - Take It To The Max Special Request (2) Take It To The Max(12") Tommy Boy, Island Records 12 IS 194 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 IS 195 Force MD's - Tears Force MD's Tears(12") Tommy Boy 12 IS 195 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 IS 207 Force MD's - Forgive Me Girl Force MD's Forgive Me Girl(12") Tommy Boy, Tommy Boy, Island Records, Island Records 12 IS 207 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 IS 215 3-D - Greatest Beats Megamix 3-D Greatest Beats Megamix(12") Tommy Boy, Island Records 12 IS 215 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 IS 222 Globe* & Pow Wow - Celebrate! (Everybody) Globe* & Pow Wow Globe* & Pow Wow - Celebrate! (Everybody)(12") Tommy Boy 12 IS 222 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 IS 229 Whiz Kid / G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid - He's Got The Beat / Play That Beat Mr. D.J. Whiz Kid / G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid Whiz Kid / G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid - He's Got The Beat / Play That Beat Mr. D.J.(12") Island Records, Tommy Boy 12 IS 229 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 IS 252 Hambo - First Rap Part II Hambo First Rap Part II(12", Single) Tommy Boy, Island Records 12 IS 252 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 ISX 269 Force MD's - Tender Love Force MD's Tender Love(12") Tommy Boy 12 ISX 269 UK 1985 Sell This Version
25DP 5096 Information Society - Information Society Information Society Information Society(CD, Album) Tommy Boy 25DP 5096 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25DP 5476 TKA - Scars Of Love TKA Scars Of Love(CD, Album) Tommy Boy 25DP 5476 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25DP-5492 De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising De La Soul 3 Feet High And Rising(CD, Album) Tommy Boy, CBS/Sony 25DP-5492 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25DP 5527 Stetsasonic - In Full Gear Stetsasonic In Full Gear(CD, Album) Tommy Boy 25DP 5527 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
28AP 3279 Afrika Bambaataa And Family* - Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere) Afrika Bambaataa And Family* Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere)(LP, Album, Promo) Tommy Boy 28AP 3279 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28AP 3306 Stetsasonic - On Fire Stetsasonic On Fire(LP, Album) Tommy Boy, CBS/Sony 28AP 3306 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
28AP 3404 TKA - Scars Of Love TKA Scars Of Love(LP, Album, Promo) CBS/Sony, Tommy Boy 28AP 3404 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32DP 693 Stetsasonic - On Fire Stetsasonic On Fire (Album) 32DP 693 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32DP 807 Force M.D.'s* - Touch And Go Force M.D.'s* Touch And Go(CD, Album) Tommy Boy 32DP 807 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32DP 854 TKA - Scars Of Love TKA Scars Of Love(CD, Album) Tommy Boy 32DP 854 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
0162 Canibus - Mind Control Canibus Mind Control(CD, Album) Gladiator Records, Tommy Boy 0162 US 2005 Sell This Version
0164-2 House Of Pain - Best Of House Of Pain Best Of (CD, Comp, Unofficial) Tommy Boy 0164-2 Ukraine 2009 Sell This Version
777 D.J. Elliot Ness And The Untouchables (3) - Little Cezar D.J. Elliot Ness And The Untouchables (3) D.J. Elliot Ness And The Untouchables (3) - Little Cezar(12", TP) Atlantis Records (2) 777 US 1987 Sell This Version
1073 Stetsasonic - Speaking Of A Girl Named Suzy Stetsasonic Speaking Of A Girl Named Suzy(12", Promo) EastWest, EastWest 1073 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
1117A Various - Greatest Beats - Volume 3 Various Greatest Beats - Volume 3(CD, Comp, Promo) Tommy Boy 1117A US 1998 Sell This Version
1269A John Facenda And Sam Spence - The Power And The Glory: Original Music And Voices Of NFL Films John Facenda And Sam Spence John Facenda And Sam Spence - The Power And The Glory: Original Music And Voices Of NFL Films(CD, Advance, Comp) Tommy Boy 1269A US 1997 Sell This Version
1293A Various 54 - From The Miramax Motion Picture - Vol. 1(CD, Comp, Promo) Tommy Boy 1293A US 1998 Sell This Version
1294A Various 54 - From The Miramax Motion Picture - Vol. 2(CD, Comp, Promo) Tommy Boy 1294A US 1998 Sell This Version
001353-2 Various - WCW Mayhem: The Music Various WCW Mayhem: The Music(CD, Comp) Tommy Boy 001353-2 Colombia 1999 Sell This Version
1993 RuPaul - Supermodel Of The World RuPaul Supermodel Of The World(LP, Album) Edición Laurel, Peerless 1993 Mexico 1993 Sell This Version
2068-2 Coolio - Fantastic Voyage: The Greatest Hits Coolio Fantastic Voyage: The Greatest Hits(CD, Comp) Sum Records (2), Tommy Boy 2068-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
2122 Capone -N- Noreaga - Bang Bang Capone -N- Noreaga Bang Bang(12", TP) Tommy Boy 2122 US 2000 Sell This Version
2201 De La Soul - I.C. Y'All / Copa De La Soul I.C. Y'All / Copa(12", TP) Tommy Boy 2201 US Unknown Sell This Version
2202 De La Soul - My Writes / Copa De La Soul My Writes / Copa(12") Tommy Boy 2202 US Unknown Sell This Version
2203 De La Soul - With Me De La Soul With Me(12", Single, TP) Tommy Boy 2203 US 2001 Sell This Version
2631-2 Blake Lewis - Sad Song (Remixes) Blake Lewis Sad Song (Remixes)(CD, Single, Promo) Tommy Boy 2631-2 US 2009 Sell This Version
2845 De La Soul - Dinninit (RMX's) De La Soul Dinninit (RMX's)(Cass, S/Sided, Single, Promo) Tommy Boy 2845 US 1996 Sell This Version
3041-4 Capone -N- Noreaga - The War Report Capone -N- Noreaga The War Report(Cass, Album) Penalty Recordings, Tommy Boy 3041-4 US 1997 Sell This Version
4392 Naughty By Nature - Craziest (Collector Hors Commerce) Naughty By Nature Craziest (Collector Hors Commerce)(CD, Single, Ltd, Car) Tommy Boy, Remark 4392 France 1995 Sell This Version
5055 Pressure Drop (2) - Rock The House (You'll Never Be) Pressure Drop (2) Rock The House (You'll Never Be)(12") ZYX Records 5055 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
5305 Information Society - Hack Information Society Hack(LP, Album) Tommy Boy, Musidisc 5305 Argentina 1990 Sell This Version
5536 Natural Elements (L-Swift)* - Meltdown Natural Elements (L-Swift)* Meltdown(Cass, S/Sided, Single, Promo) Tommy Boy 5536 US 1998 Sell This Version
6602-2 Afrika Bambaataa - Looking For The Perfect Beat 1980-1985 Afrika Bambaataa Looking For The Perfect Beat 1980-1985(CD, Comp) Tommy Boy, Sum Records (2) 6602-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
6753-2 808 State - Utd. State 90 808 State Utd. State 90(CD, Album) Tommy Boy, ZTT, Sum Records (2) 6753-2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
6758-2 Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise Coolio Gangsta's Paradise(CD, Album, RE) Tommy Boy, Sum Records (2) 6758-2 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
6763-2 De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising De La Soul 3 Feet High And Rising(CD, Album) Tommy Boy, Sum Records (2) 6763-2 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
6771-2 Everlast - Eat At Whitey's Everlast Eat At Whitey's (Album) 6771-2 Argentina 2000 Sell This Version
6780-2 Information Society - Information Society Information Society Information Society(CD, Album, RE) Tommy Boy, Sum Records (2) 6780-2 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
6791-2 Queen Latifah - All Hail The Queen Queen Latifah All Hail The Queen(CD, Album, RE) Sum Records (2) 6791-2 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
6808-2 Various - Greatest Beats - Volume 3 Various Greatest Beats - Volume 3(CD-ROM, Comp, Enh) Sum Records (2) 6808-2 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
07001 Stetsasonic - Talkin' All That Jazz U.S. Remixes Stetsasonic Talkin' All That Jazz U.S. Remixes(7", Single) BCM Records 07001 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1988 Sell This Version
07358 De La Soul - Eye Know De La Soul Eye Know(7", Single) BCM Records 07358 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
07387 De La Soul - The Magic Number / Buddy De La Soul The Magic Number / Buddy(7", Single) BCM Records 07387 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
07464 Queen Latifah Featuring De La Soul - Mama Gave Birth To The Soul Children Queen Latifah Featuring De La Soul Queen Latifah Featuring De La Soul - Mama Gave Birth To The Soul Children(7", Single) BCM Records 07464 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1990 Sell This Version

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Booj1Boy

Booj1Boy

February 12, 2021
By a certain point, Tommy Boy seemed to have an issue with trying to cram too much on their vinyl. 12 inch singles with multiple full length mixes on each side. 60+ minute albums on one LP. Guess it was a cost saving / bang for your buck measure, but that means you'll have to adjust your gain accordingly.
REENO

REENO

November 18, 2019
Some mis-information here, stating "Planet Rock" as Tommy Boy's "debut" release, it surely WAS NOT. In fact, it was the label's 5th release.