TUFF BREAK RECORDS

HISTORY

A&M Records employee Evan Forster established Tuff Break Records in 1992 with his brothers Jonnie and Darren Forster. Tuff Break was A&M Records rap music imprint. The association was dissolved in February 1995. Tuff Break was to create music discs, cassettes and videos. According to Billboard, the label had the "aim of avoiding morally, politically or socially offending productions."

The first two releases by Tragedy and Dred Scott were #1 on Billboard. By November 1993, the label had four artists and hoped to release five to seven recordings per year.

A&M Records handled commercial radio promotion while Perspective Records promoted Tuff Break product in the R&B market.

On February 11, 1995, Billboard reported that A&M would close Tuff Break because it was "disappointed with the label's inability to generate the same kind of success A&M has with its pop and alternative acts." At the time A&M discontinued the label, it had released seven 12-inch singles, one commercial album and one promotional album Sip the Juice, We Got Enough to Go Around. This album featured the Tuff Break artist roster plus newcomers Tasc4orce, and Fourtie, artists who did not have commercial singles with Tuff Break.

SOURCES:
Rappers Getting a Tuff Break at A&M. Billboard, November 6, 1993.

TUFF BREAK RECORDS ARTIST ROSTER

A - F G - M N - Z
Babalu Bad Boy
Fourtie
Gripsta
Intelligent Hoodlum
Dred Scott
Str8-G
Tasc4orce

TUFF BREAK RECORDS STAFF

Thank you to all of the very talented members of the Tuff Break Records family.

If your name does not appear in the list below, please send an e-mail and let us include you in the credits. Photos for the A&M Family Photo Album are always welcome! When you write, please include the years you worked at A&M and your job title or the name of the department where you worked. This information is also used to validate your registration for our A&M Family artists and staff contact list.


A - F G - M N - Z
Life Allah
Darrin Fashaw
Darren Forster
Evan Forster
Jonnie Forster
Gary Meyer
Mike Nardone


SOURCES:
1. A&M Records' 10th and 15th anniversary books
2. Billboard magazine articles
3. A&M Records employees

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