BET Networks goes deep ‘inside’ the music industry with the premiere of its new original series “Inside the Label,” airing Tuesday, May 17 at 9 PM ET/PT. The original docu-series tells in-depth stories of the rise, and sometimes fall of iconic record labels, told through the eyes of the founders, artists, competitors, and key players involved in the creation of the music that defined us over the last quarter century.

The series unfolds over 8 one-hour episodes and explores how music labels transformed the sound, face and business of hip hop and reveals the behind-the-scenes power players responsible for the rise and success of many artists. Labels featured in the series include Uptown Records (premiere episode), Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP), Grand Hustle, Loud Records, Murder Inc., Ruff Ryders, Slip-N-Slide Records and Terror Squad.

Prior to the premiere, the second season of the Network’s docu-series “BET Life Of” will kick off at 8PM, focusing on the career and evolution of Diddy.

Each episode will highlight one label and take viewers from the beginning of each label’s inception to current day with never-before seen footage and intimate first person testimonies from hip hop’s most influential contributors including:

  • Uptown Records Episode:
    Andre Harrell, Diddy, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Babyface, Teddy Riley, Russell Simmons, Jodeci, Damion Hall, Brett Ratner, Laurieann Gibson, Robin Thicke, Sanaa Lathan, Doug E. Fresh, Al B. Sure!, Eddie F, Kim Porter, Father MC, Jeff Redd and Monifah.
  • Grand Hustle episode:
    T.I., Jason Geter, Young Dro, Kevin Liles, Lil Duval, Killer Mike, DJ Toomp and B.o.B.
  • Loud Records Episode:
    Steve Rifkind, RZA, Xzibit and E-Swift.
  • Slip-N-Slide Records Episode:
    Ted Lucas, Rick Ross, Trick Daddy, Trina and DJ Khaled.
  • Terror Squad Episode:
    Fat Joe, DJ Khaled, Noreaga, Remy Ma, Papoose Cool & Dre and Jesse Terrero.
  • Ruff Ryders Episode
    Joaquin Dean, Darren Dean, Chivon Dean, Swizz Beatz, Eve, The Lox, Irv Gotti, Drag-On, DJ Clue, Kool Herc, Lyor Cohen and Jimmy Iovine.
  • Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP) Episode:
    Ludacris, Chaka Zulu, Jeff Dixon, Chingy, Bobby V., Shareefa, Lil Scrappy, Bangladesh, Lil Fate, I-20 and Poon Daddy.
  • Murder Inc.:
    Irv Gotti, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, Charli Baltimore, Kevin Liles and Lyor Cohen.

“Inside the Label” is executive produced by Arthur Smith, Frank Sinton, and Donny Jackson for A. Smith & Co. Productions, Chaka Zulu, Jeff Dixon and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.

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