The legendary record label that launched the careers of Too $hort and Rappin’ 4-Tay, 75 Girls has re-opene d its studios and operations in Oakland, California with intent on reviving the vibe and style that Too $hort made famous (and continues to). Too $hort, although not part of the re-launch or label in general, supports the movement. “He is not part of our new operations, but he is the father of the label and the work he did with Mr. (Dean) Hodges has left an indellible mark on Hip-Hop and Rap, music overall and told the stories of Oakland before it was fashionable and before the local news did”, said a 75 Girls representative who remains anonymous. The label has not made public the team of music industry veterans and executives who will oversee the new operations. The ownership group over the West Coast’s first major impact indie Rap label is also undisclosed.
Hodges, who is a legendary Oakland player with a reputable name in business and the streets, started 75 Girls in 1984 and released Too $hort’s first hits that did make their way out of the bay area – of note was the class, Raw, Uncut & X-Rated. Again, the new ownership group purchased the label at the tail end of 2017 with intentions of reviving the once-dormant label. All that is known of the ownership is that it is composed of music industry professionals with a successful track record in business – and no details on what that means exactly were available as of publishing this article. The label is shrouded in secrecy as far as the executive and ownership personnel go, thus far.
What is public is the music being released as the label is in the process of signing and seeking talent, from artists, producers and DJs and there are reportedly some fashion, model and lifestyle aspects to the new deal. Currently, the label just released the official re-launch single of the label, “MILF” by emerging Bay Area standout MC, Six Fif who has collaborated, toured and performed with a who’s who list of artists.