Heavyweight Records was a joint venture between A&M Records and Ice Cube (Ice Cube Records doing business as Heavyweight Records. Ice Cube's real name is O'Shea Jackson.), A&M Records and The Ice Carter, LLC. Carter is Terry Carter, who founded and owned Heavyweight until his death in January 2015. The agreement with A&M was formed in 1998 to produce sound recordings and music videos. The first artist signed was Short Khop and Heavyweight's first album was the soundtrack The Players Club released March 17, 1998. The film was written, produced and directed by Ice Cube. He also acted in the movie.
The Players Club featured many artists who recorded singles or CDs on A&M: Rufus Blaq, Changing Faces, Kurupt, and Public Announcement.
The logo on this page was used commercially by A&M. It was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on January 30, 1998. The logo was never registered and was abandoned on April 14, 2000. Heavyweight modified the logo to remove the smoke and add color. The revised logo appeared on its web site and its releases.