They were once hip-hop powerhouses. Now they’re just ‘under construction.’ Climbing your way up to the top just once is hard. Imagine how hard it can be to do it twice. EMGWorld examines three former dynasties to determine if they are still eligible to make a comeback in hip-hop.
Record Label: Bad Boy
Most Notable Acts: Notorious B.I.G, Diddy, Mase
Worst Notable Act: G-Dep
Eligible for Comeback: (Yes)
People will disagree, but you just can’t ever count out a great hustler like Diddy. You can never count out a man who lives by the motto: Can’t Stop Won’t Stop. Without question, Diddy has one of the greatest ears in music when it comes to selecting talent. Unfortunately, his success and failure has always been based on how he DELIVERS that talent.
There are too many sharks in the water for Bad Boy to easily sail back into the sunset. Still, we believe the Bad Boy ship has a chance to sail. All the label needs is a few good first mates and a steady current of hit records.
Diddy’s greatest strength right now is his ability to maintain relationships. He reportedly has an undisclosed bond with hip-hop Pirate Rick Ross.
If Ross has anything to do with the future direction of Bad Boy then the label is in good hands. Maybach Music Group is gearing up to be the next powerhouse of hip-hop. Maybe some of Ross’ power moves just might help steer Bad Boy into the right direction.
Record Label: No Limit
Most Notable Acts: Master P, Romeo, Mystikal
Worst Notable Act: Mr. Serv On
Eligible for Comeback: (No)
As an independent label, No Limit had one of the most successful runs in hip-hop history. We repeat. They HAD one of the most successful runs in hip-hop. Oh how time flies. Now they’re just HISTORY..
What will prevent the tank from ever rolling forward is Master P’s inability to secure national talent. P still believes he can generate the next superstars of music right in his former backyard of New Orleans. The game has changed DRASTICALLY.
Lil Wayne and Birdman may not look like Einsteins, but they definitely know their business. These guys did their research and took notice of the movement that artists like Drake and Tyga created on their own. All Cash Money had to do was add a little seasoning to a recipe that was already winning.
Master P has been gone TOO long to try and bring back the tank. The only relevant act, Romeo, is no longer relevant. If even Romeo can’t generate a hit to turn things back around then the tank might as well pump its brakes.
Record Label: G-Unit
Most Notable Acts: 50 Cent, Game, Young Buck
Worst Notable Act: Hot Rod
Eligible for Comeback: (Smh)
We know this is a Yes or No question. Honestly, we can’t co-sign G-Unit or count them out. For years the label thrived off of controversy and hit records. Unfortunately, controversy just doesn’t sell like it use too.
When your biggest act is struggling to produce a hit, the label is in even bigger trouble. G-Unit distributor Interscope has consistently PUSHED BACK the release of 50 Cent’s upcoming album more than a bad barber pushes back hairlines.
In order for G-Unit to make a comeback, 50 Cent can’t be the main attraction. The label must make ‘the decision’ and encourage other artists to “bring their talents.” G-Unit has to find other hot acts…period.
Should G-Unit ever rise again among the ranks, 50 Cent must do the impossible and keep the beef frozen. Cooking up beef may have helped get him in the game, but it was also a major factor in excluding him out too. Beef also cost G-Unit to lose some valuable teammates in Game and Young Buck.
If G-Unit can draft some talented rookies and sign some well-respected free agents, the label has a chance to make that comeback. As long as 50 Cent doesn’t piss anyone off… of course.