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Tommy Boy Entertainment is an American independent record label and multimedia brand founded in 1981 by Tom Silverman. The label is credited with helping and launching the music careers of Queen Latifah, Afrika Bambaataa, Stetsasonic, Digital Underground, Coolio, De La Soul, House of Pain, Naughty By Nature, and Force MDs. Tommy Boy is also credited with introducing genres such as EDM, Latin freestyle, and Latin hip hop to mainstream audiences in America.

Tommy Boy Entertainment
Parent companyReservoir Media
Founded1981; 41 years ago (1981)
FounderTom Silverman
StatusActive
Distributor(s)
Genre
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York City, New York
Official websitetommyboy.com

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1981-1985: Independent music media

Tom Silverman created Tommy Boy Music in 1981 in his New York City apartment with a $5,000 loan from his parents. The label was an outgrowth of Silverman's Dance Music Report bi-weekly publication, which spanned 14 years, beginning in September 1978.

1985–2002: Partnership with Warner Bros. Records

In 1985, Warner Bros. Records entered into a partnership with Tommy Boy and acquired half of the label, and it allowed the label to use independent distribution as it saw fit, with the option to distribute artists through the major-label channel through Warner Bros. Records or sister label Reprise Records.

Monica Lynch, who was one of the first employees hired by Tom Silverman, became president of the label in 1985. As A&R for the label, she signed and managed Queen Latifah, De La Soul, and host of hip hop musicians.

Even though the male–female power struggle in hip hop music has always been present, Lynch and her peers said that the early days of hip hop were magical times for women looking to make it in the record business. Julie Greenwald, Sylvia Robinson, DJ Jazzy Joyce, Mona Scott, and Claudine Joseph also made their mark on different areas of hip-hop. Greenwald and Robinson, like Lynch, became powerful music executives. For more than 25 years, DJ Jazzy Joyce has been one of the most visible and in-demand female turntablists. And Scott and Joseph have managed the careers of some of the biggest names in hip-hop. "Hip-hop provided a tremendous amount of opportunities for women, which might seem antithetical because of the association that many people have with misogyny and hip-hop," says Lynch. "There has been a lot of attention paid to misogynist lyrics in hip-hop over the years, and I'm not going to defend or damn it. I think it exists, but some of the people who helped put those records out were women."

According to Jeff "Chairman" Mao, a key DJ in 1990s underground hip-hop and online hip-hop radio host, Monica Lynch managed the careers of Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, Stetsasonic, Queen Latifah, De La Soul, Naughty by Nature among others.

The label had several joint ventures in the mid 1990s including Penalty Recordings, Stepsun, Beyond, and Ignition. The label also had deals with labels such as Timber Records and distribution deals with Outcaste Records and 75 Ark, while also giving independent distribution to sister imprints that already had label deals with WEA, including American Recordings' Ill Labels, Mute Records' NovaMute, and Cold Chillin Records' Livin' Large.

In 1997, Tommy Boy launched an imprint label called Upaya to pursue the growing interest in spirituality and spiritual/world music. The imprint Tommy Boy Gospel was launched in 1998 under the direction of Max Seigel and Marvie Wright. That same year, the imprints Tommy Boy Black Label, which specialized in underground hip hop music, and Tommy Boy Silver Label, which specialized in dance music, were founded.

In 2001, while still affiliated with Warner Music, Tommy Boy Records founder Tom Silverman formed Tommy Boy Films, a TV and film division with Kung Faux creator and Dubtitled Entertainment founder, Michael "Mic" Neumann.

2002–2017: Independent again

In 2002, Tommy Boy Records became independent again after it ultimately ended its joint venture with Warner Bros. Records, which wanted greater unit sales, and the master tapes released until that time became property of Warner Music, while the Tommy Boy trademark remained with Tom Silverman. The then-current Tommy Boy music artists were shopped to the various WEA labels, the Tommy Boy television and film divisions were merged with the Tommy Boy music division, and the resulting company was rebranded as Tommy Boy Entertainment. Tommy Boy then began licensing its trademark to Warner Music for use on reissues through Rhino/Atlantic Records.

2017–2018: Catalogues acquired

In 2017, because of Warner Music's divestment requirements as a result of its purchase of Parlophone, Tommy Boy was able to reacquire its pre-2002 catalogue and the catalogues of Brand Nubian, Grand Puba, and Club Nouveau. In 2018, Tommy Boy also acquired Amherst Records, Harlem Music, and Halwill Music, which hold masters and publishing rights for a diverse collection of ’70s Soul, Disco, and Jazz artists including The Stylistics, Van McCoy, and Glenn Medeiros.

2019–2020: De La Soul controversy

Controversy rose in early 2019, after Tommy Boy announced that the catalog of its formerly signed group De La Soul would be available on streaming services later that week. This announcement prompted the group to begin a "Tommy Boycott" campaign, due to the fact that they would receive only 10% of revenue generated by streams, with the other 90% going to Tommy Boy. The campaign was shared by their fellow artists Nas, Questlove and Pete Rock, among others. In response, Tommy Boy postponed the deal and announced their discography would not be available on streaming services as previously scheduled.

2021–present: Tommy Boy sold to Reservoir Media

In June 2021, Tommy Boy was acquired for $100 million by Reservoir Media, a music publishing and media rights company founded in 2007 by Iranian-Canadian businesswoman Golnar Khosrowshahi.

The Tommy Boy logo was originally designed in 1982 by Steven Miglio and redesigned in 1989 by Eric Haze. The logo was named on Complex's list of the 50 Greatest Rap Logos of all time, coming in at number nine.

In the late 1980s, with the emergence of streetwear fashion, Tommy Boy produced and distributed Carhartt jackets embroidered with its logo on the front and back for its own merchandise line called Tommy Boy Gear. Tommy Boy is also credited as the first to use lanyards as promotional items, which became a popular streetwear fashion accessory in the 1990s.

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Tommy Boy Records Article Talk Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from Tommy Boy Entertainment Tommy Boy Entertainment is an American independent 1 2 record label and multimedia brand founded in 1981 by Tom Silverman The label is credited with helping and launching the music careers of Queen Latifah Afrika Bambaataa Stetsasonic Digital Underground Coolio De La Soul House of Pain Naughty By Nature and Force MDs 3 Tommy Boy is also credited with introducing genres such as EDM Latin freestyle and Latin hip hop to mainstream audiences in America 4 Tommy Boy EntertainmentParent companyReservoir MediaFounded1981 41 years ago 1981 FounderTom SilvermanStatusActiveDistributor s Alternative Distribution Alliance 2002 present Warner Bros Records 1985 2002 GenreHip hopR amp Bpost discoLatin freestyledanceelectroCountry of originUnited StatesLocationNew York City New YorkOfficial websitetommyboy wbr com Contents 1 History 1 1 1981 1985 Independent music media 1 2 1985 2002 Partnership with Warner Bros Records 1 3 2002 2017 Independent again 1 4 2017 2018 Catalogues acquired 1 5 2019 2020 De La Soul controversy 1 6 2021 present Tommy Boy sold to Reservoir Media 2 Brand image 3 Selected artists 4 Discography 5 References 6 External linksHistory Edit1981 1985 Independent music media Edit Tom Silverman created Tommy Boy Music in 1981 in his New York City apartment with a 5 000 loan from his parents The label was an outgrowth of Silverman s Dance Music Report bi weekly publication which spanned 14 years beginning in September 1978 5 1985 2002 Partnership with Warner Bros Records Edit In 1985 Warner Bros Records entered into a partnership with Tommy Boy and acquired half of the label and it allowed the label to use independent distribution as it saw fit with the option to distribute artists through the major label channel through Warner Bros Records or sister label Reprise Records 6 Monica Lynch who was one of the first employees hired by Tom Silverman became president of the label in 1985 7 8 As A amp R for the label she signed and managed Queen Latifah De La Soul and host of hip hop musicians Even though the male female power struggle in hip hop music has always been present Lynch and her peers said that the early days of hip hop were magical times for women looking to make it in the record business Julie Greenwald Sylvia Robinson DJ Jazzy Joyce Mona Scott and Claudine Joseph also made their mark on different areas of hip hop Greenwald and Robinson like Lynch became powerful music executives For more than 25 years DJ Jazzy Joyce has been one of the most visible and in demand female turntablists And Scott and Joseph have managed the careers of some of the biggest names in hip hop Hip hop provided a tremendous amount of opportunities for women which might seem antithetical because of the association that many people have with misogyny and hip hop says Lynch There has been a lot of attention paid to misogynist lyrics in hip hop over the years and I m not going to defend or damn it I think it exists but some of the people who helped put those records out were women 8 According to Jeff Chairman Mao a key DJ in 1990s underground hip hop and online hip hop radio host Monica Lynch managed the careers of Afrika Bambaataa amp Soulsonic Force Stetsasonic Queen Latifah De La Soul Naughty by Nature among others 9 The label had several joint ventures in the mid 1990s including Penalty Recordings 10 Stepsun 11 Beyond 12 and Ignition 13 The label also had deals with labels such as Timber Records and distribution deals with Outcaste Records 14 and 75 Ark 15 while also giving independent distribution to sister imprints that already had label deals with WEA including American Recordings Ill Labels Mute Records NovaMute and Cold Chillin Records Livin Large 16 In 1997 Tommy Boy launched an imprint label called Upaya to pursue the growing interest in spirituality and spiritual world music 17 18 The imprint Tommy Boy Gospel was launched in 1998 under the direction of Max Seigel and Marvie Wright 19 That same year the imprints Tommy Boy Black Label 20 which specialized in underground hip hop music and Tommy Boy Silver Label 21 which specialized in dance music were founded In 2001 while still affiliated with Warner Music Tommy Boy Records founder Tom Silverman formed Tommy Boy Films a TV and film division with Kung Faux creator and Dubtitled Entertainment founder Michael Mic Neumann 22 23 2002 2017 Independent again Edit In 2002 Tommy Boy Records became independent again after it ultimately ended its joint venture with Warner Bros Records which wanted greater unit sales and the master tapes released until that time became property of Warner Music while the Tommy Boy trademark remained with Tom Silverman 24 The then current Tommy Boy music artists were shopped to the various WEA labels the Tommy Boy television and film divisions were merged with the Tommy Boy music division and the resulting company was rebranded as Tommy Boy Entertainment 23 Tommy Boy then began licensing its trademark to Warner Music for use on reissues through Rhino Atlantic Records 2017 2018 Catalogues acquired Edit In 2017 because of Warner Music s divestment requirements as a result of its purchase of Parlophone Tommy Boy was able to reacquire its pre 2002 catalogue and the catalogues of Brand Nubian Grand Puba and Club Nouveau 25 In 2018 Tommy Boy also acquired Amherst Records Harlem Music and Halwill Music which hold masters and publishing rights for a diverse collection of 70s Soul Disco and Jazz artists including The Stylistics Van McCoy and Glenn Medeiros 2019 2020 De La Soul controversy Edit Controversy rose in early 2019 after Tommy Boy announced that the catalog of its formerly signed group De La Soul would be available on streaming services later that week This announcement prompted the group to begin a Tommy Boycott campaign due to the fact that they would receive only 10 of revenue generated by streams with the other 90 going to Tommy Boy The campaign was shared by their fellow artists Nas Questlove and Pete Rock among others In response Tommy Boy postponed the deal and announced their discography would not be available on streaming services as previously scheduled 26 27 2021 present Tommy Boy sold to Reservoir Media Edit In June 2021 Tommy Boy was acquired for 100 million by Reservoir Media a music publishing and media rights company founded in 2007 by Iranian Canadian businesswoman Golnar Khosrowshahi 28 Brand image EditThe Tommy Boy logo was originally designed in 1982 by Steven Miglio and redesigned in 1989 by Eric Haze The logo was named on Complex s list of the 50 Greatest Rap Logos of all time coming in at number nine 29 In the late 1980s with the emergence of streetwear fashion Tommy Boy produced and distributed Carhartt jackets embroidered with its logo on the front and back for its own merchandise line called Tommy Boy Gear 30 31 Tommy Boy is also credited as the first to use lanyards as promotional items which became a popular streetwear fashion accessory in the 1990s 32 Selected artists Edit808 State Above The Law Afrika Bambaataa Amari Amber Big Noyd Biz Markie Black by Demand Bob Sinclar Capone N Noreaga Christian Tiger School The Cliks Coldcut Coolio De La Soul Digital Underground Disco D Everlast Fannypack Fresh Gordon Force MDs GLOBE amp Whiz Kid Ghostface Killah Gucci Mane Handsome Boy Modeling School House of Pain Indica Indo G Information Society Jocelyn Enriquez Jonzun Crew Joydrop Junior Vasquez K7 Kim Burrell Kristine W LFO Lord Finesse J C Lodge Masters at Work Method Man Money Mike Naughty by Nature Paris Pimpadelic Planet Patrol Plushgun Prince Paul Prince Rakeem Queen Latifah RuPaul Shock G deceased Sneaker Pimps Soul Coughing Stars on 54 Stetsasonic Thunderpuss Timmy Gatling TKA Tony Touch Viewtiful JoeDiscography EditMain article Tommy Boy Records discographyReferences Edit Home Tommy Boy Records A2IM a2im org Retrieved February 26 2018 Roberts Dave 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