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Ruthless Records

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FoundedMarch 3, 1987; 33 years ago (1987-03-03)
Founder
StatusActive
Distributor(s)
  • Independent
(U.S.)
Genre
Country of originUnited States
LocationPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Ruthless is an American record label, founded by Brandon Powell . The record label was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2019. includes releases by Brandon Powell (Bran Tha Don), and E Man and the label's acts over the years have earned RIAA certifications of its released albums, including releases by N.W.A, Eazy-E, MC Ren, The D.O.C., Michel'le, J.J.Fad, and Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony.


Current artists[edit]

Act Year
signed
Releases
under the label
Brandon Powell Founder 1
Shaun Sherry Songwriter Deal - E Man 2019 - Present - Dayla Trabbold 2019 - Present - Kels 2019 - Present 1

Former artists[edit]

Act Year
signed
Releases
under the label
Eazy-E Original Founder (until death in 1995) 5
MC Ren 1987 - 1998 4
N.W.A 1987 - 1991 3
J.J. Fad 1987 - 1991 2
The D.O.C. 1988 - 1991 1
Michel'le 1988 - 1991 1
Dr. Dre 1987 - 1991 โ€”
Yomo & Maulkie 1989 - 1992 1
Kokane 1989 - 1995 2
Jimmy Z 1990 - 1991 1
Above the Law 1990 - 1996 4
Penthouse Players Clique 1991 - 1993 1
Atban Klann 1992 - 1995 โ€”
H.W.A. 1992 - 1995 1
Menajahtwa 1992 - 1994 1
Blood of Abraham 1993 - 1994 1
Dresta 1993 - 1995 โ€”
B.G. Knocc Out 1993 - 1995 โ€”
Rhythum D 1993 - 1995 โ€”
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 1993 - 2003 5
Krayzie Bone 1993 - 2003 2
Bizzy Bone 1993 - 2003 1
Layzie Bone 1993 - 2003 1
Wish Bone 1993 - 2003 โ€”
DJ U-Neek 1993 - 2003 โ€”
Brownside 1994 - 1995 โ€”
G.B.M. 1994 - 1995 โ€”
Kid Frost 1994 - 1997 2
NX Nation Unknown 1997 - 2000 โ€”
Stevie Stone 2007 - 2010 1
Hopsin 2007 - 2010 1

Releases[edit]

  • Iโ€™m Coming Up (2020)
  • Art From The Heart (2020)

Older Studio releases[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US US
R&B
AUS CAN FRA GER NZ UK
Supersonic
(album by J. J. Fad)
  • Released: July 5, 1988
  • Labels: Ruthless, Atco
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
49 20 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 600,000
  • RIAA: Gold
Straight Outta Compton
(album by N.W.A)
  • Released: August 8, 1988
  • Labels: Ruthless, Priority
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
4 1 8 58 17 36 43 35
  • US: 3,500,000
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
Eazy-Duz-It
(album by Eazy-E)
  • Released: September 16, 1988
  • Labels: Ruthless, Priority
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
32 12 82 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 2,600,000
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
No One Can Do It Better
(album by The D.O.C.)
  • Released: June 16, 1989
  • Labels: Ruthless, Atco
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
20 1 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 1,100,000
  • RIAA: Platinum
Michel'le
(album by Michel'le)
  • Released: October 23, 1989
  • Labels: Ruthless, Atco
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
35 5 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 550,000
  • RIAA: Gold
Livin' Like Hustlers
(album by Above the Law)
  • Released: February 22, 1990
  • Labels: Ruthless, Epic
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
75 14 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 425,000
Power of a Woman
(album by Tairrie B)
  • Released: May 25, 1990
  • Labels: Ruthless, MCA
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 10,500
100 Miles and Runnin'
(album by N.W.A)
  • Released: August 14, 1990
  • Labels: Ruthless, Priority
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
27 10 33 โ€” โ€” โ€” 32 38
  • US: 1,100,000
  • RIAA: Platinum
Not Just a Fad
(album by J. J. Fad)
โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 220,000
Niggaz4Life
(album by N.W.A)
  • Released: May 28, 1991
  • Labels: Ruthless, Priority
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
1 1 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” 25
  • US: 2,150,000
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
Addictive Hip Hop Muzick
(album by Kokane)
  • Released: July 2, 1991
  • Labels: Ruthless, Epic
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
Vocally Pimpin'
(album by Above the Law)
  • Released: July 16, 1991
  • Labels: Ruthless, Epic
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
120 37 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 240,000
Are U Xperienced?
(album by Yomo & Maulkie)
  • Released: September 14, 1991
  • Labels: Ruthless, Atco
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 48,000
Muzical Madness
(album by Jimmy Z)
โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 3,500
Paid the Cost
(album by Penthouse Players Clique)
  • Released: April 21, 1992
  • Labels: Ruthless, Priority
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
75 28 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 172,000
Kizz My Black Azz
(album by MC Ren)
  • Released: June 30, 1992
  • Labels: Ruthless, Priority
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
12 10 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 1,410,000
  • RIAA: Platinum
5150: Home 4 Tha Sick
(album by Eazy-E)
  • Released: December 15, 1992
  • Labels: Ruthless, Priority
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
70 15 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 540,000
  • RIAA: Gold
Black Mafia Life
(album by Above the Law)
  • Released: February 2, 1993
  • Labels: Ruthless, Giant
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
37 6 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 380,000
It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa
(album by Eazy-E)
  • Released: October 19, 1993
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
5 1 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 2,250,000
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
Shock of the Hour
(album by MC Ren)
  • Released: November 16, 1993
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
22 1 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 555,000
  • RIAA: Gold
Future Profits
(album by Blood of Abraham)
  • Released: November 16, 1993
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 10,000
Az Much Ass Azz U Want
(album by H.W.A.)
  • Released: February 22, 1994
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
โ€” 74 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 40,000
Funk Upon a Rhyme
(album by Kokane)
โ€” 56 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 70,000
Uncle Sam's Curse
(album by Above the Law)
  • Released: June 12, 1994
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
113 15 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 310,000
Creepin on ah Come Up
(album by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony)
  • Released: June 21, 1994
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
12 2 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 2,150,000
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
Cha-licious
(album by Menajahtwa)
  • Released: June 21, 1994
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 6,500
E. 1999 Eternal
(album by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony)
  • Released: July 25, 1995
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
1 1 โ€” 14 โ€” โ€” 10 39
  • US: 4,350,000
  • RIAA: 4x Platinum
Smile Now, Die Later
(album by Frost)
  • Released: October 24, 1995
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
โ€” 36 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 210,000
Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton
(album by Eazy-E)
  • Released: January 30, 1996
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
3 1 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 1,150,000
  • RIAA: Platinum
The Villain in Black
(album by MC Ren)
  • Released: April 9, 1996
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
31 7 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 325,000
When Hell.A. Freezes Over
(album by Frost)
  • Released: July 1, 1997
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
154 61 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 60,000
The Art of War
(album by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony)
  • Released: July 29, 1997
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
1 1 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 4,250,000
  • RIAA: 4x Platinum
Ruthless for Life
(album by MC Ren)
  • Released: June 30, 1998
  • Labels: Ruthless, Epic
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
100 14 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 230,000
Heaven'z Movie
(album by Bizzy Bone)
  • Released: October 6, 1998
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity, Epic
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
3 2 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 550,000
  • RIAA: Gold
Thug Mentality 1999
(album by Krayzie Bone)
  • Released: April 6, 1999
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
4 2 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 1,150,000
  • RIAA: Platinum
BTNHResurrection
(album by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony)
  • Released: February 29, 2000
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
2 1 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 1,250,000
  • RIAA: Platinum
Thug By Nature
(album by Layzie Bone)
  • Released: March 20, 2001
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity, Epic
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
43 17 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 1,100,000
  • RIAA: Platinum
Thug World Order
(album by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony)
  • Released: October 29, 2002
  • Labels: Ruthless, Relativity, Epic
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
12 3 โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 1,200,000
  • RIAA: Platinum
New Kid Comin
(album by Stevie Stone)
  • Released: September 29, 2009
  • Labels: Ruthless
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 1,200
Gazing at the Moonlight
(album by Hopsin)
  • Released: October 27, 2009
  • Labels: Ruthless
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
  • US: 450
"โ€”" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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