Hip-hop heads, did you know that Rawkus Records was financially backed by media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s son, James Murdoch?
Established in 1996 and responsible for launching the careers of Talib Kweli and Mos Def, Rawkus Records was recognised as one of the top independent hip-hop record labels at the time.
However, many fans don’t know that Rawkus was actually founded by Brian Brater, Jarret Myer and James Murdoch after Harvard.
Rawkus Entertainment, the hip-hop label James founded with two friends after Harvard, was far from an overnight success. One former employee paints a picture of a typically chaotic start-up.
Source: The Guardian – Ivy League to Isleworth