The Story of Interscope Records

The Story of Interscope Records

by Diane Bailey
     
 

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Hip-hop started on the streets of New York with African American youths in the 1970s. But with its strong beats and raw lyrics, it quickly spread across the country. It became the music of a generation of young Americans. But hip-hop is more than just music. It's a lifestyle. It's also big business.

When Interscope Records was formed in 1990, the company's

Overview

Hip-hop started on the streets of New York with African American youths in the 1970s. But with its strong beats and raw lyrics, it quickly spread across the country. It became the music of a generation of young Americans. But hip-hop is more than just music. It's a lifestyle. It's also big business.

When Interscope Records was formed in 1990, the company's founders saw an opportunity. Young people loved the energy of hip-hop. Interscope gave rappers like Eminem and 50 Cent their start-and it paid off. Today, Interscope is a multimillion-dollar company that handles all kinds of music. There were setbacks on the way to success. But whether it was Lady Gaga or the Black Eyed Peas, Interscope always manage to find a star!

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Children's Literature - Caitlin Marineau
Founded in 1990 by Jimmy Iovine and Ted Field, Interscope Records has proved to be a power-player in the recording industry, associated with acts as diverse as Tupac Shakur, The Black Eyed Peas, No Doubt, Eminem, 50 Cent, Marilyn Manson, and Lady Gaga. In this addition to Mason-Crest's "Hip-Hop Hitmakers" series, Diane Bailey traces Interscope's impressive success, especially focusing on its influence in the hip-hop world. Beginning the 1990s, Interscope was heavily involved in gangsta rap, signing artists like Tupac and creating distribution deals with Death Row Records. While primarily chronicling Interscope's role in the music business, Bailey also looks at some of the controversy and criticism Interscope has faced, including being embroiled in discussions over the violence and graphic lyrics associated with gangsta rap acts. Students interested in the music industry will enjoy the story behind the scenes of some of the last two decade's most popular artists. The Story of Interscope Records also includes a chronology, glossary, additional resources, and an index. Reviewer: Caitlin Marineau

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422221150
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2012
Series:
Hip-Hop Hitmakers Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.31(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

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