BET preps A. Smith & Co.’s “Inside the Label”

The U.S. network has set a May premiere date for the A. Smith & Co. Productions-made Inside the Label (pictured), a docuseries set to explore some of hip-hop's most influential record labels.
April 20, 2016

U.S. network BET has set a May premiere date for the A. Smith & Co. Productions-made Inside the Label (pictured), a docuseries looking to explore some of hip-hop’s most influential record labels.

The 8 x 60-minute series will give insight into the rise and fall of a variety of iconic hip-hop labels while also exploring how each label managed to transform the face and business of the music genre. Featured labels on the program include Uptown Records, Grand Hustle, Loud Records, Slip-N-Slide Records, Terror Squad, Ruff Ryders, Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP) and Murder Inc.

Each hour-long episode will focus specifically on one label while taking viewers from inception to the present day through unreleased archive footage and firsthand accounts from hip-hop’s most influential contributors.

The series will feature interviews with influential founders, artists, competitors and key players in the hip-hop community, including Diddy, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Russell Simmons, Jodeci, Brett Ratner, Robin Thicke, T.I., Young Dro, Killer Mike, Steve Rifkind, RZA and Ludacris, among many others.

A. Smith & Co.’s Arthur Smith, Frank Sinton¬†and Donny Jackson serve as executive producers on the series, alongside Chaka Zulu, Jeff Dixon and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.

Inside the Label is scheduled to premiere across BET on May 17 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

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