Steve Rifkind
American record producer
Steve Rifkind
Steve Rifkind is an American music entrepreneur who is, according to XXL magazine, "responsible for breaking in some of hip-hop’s biggest artists in his 25 years in the business". Rifkind was the founder and chairman of Loud Records as well as the founder and current chairman and CEO of SRC Records. He is associated with artists such as Wu Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Akon, David Banner, Asher Roth, Tha Crow, Joell Ortiz and Big Pun.
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Music Industry Leader Steve Rifkind Partners With American Basketball League
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Steve Rifkind partners with American Basketball League CEO Steve Haney in new professional basketball leagueFort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) September 05, 2012 Steve Rifkind, who is responsible for breaking in many of the biggest artists in music, has partnered with ABL founder Steve Haney, to brand and promote the United States’ first ever FIBA rules professional basketball league. ...
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Hard Rock Vodka Chooses The brpr Group as Agency of Record - DigitalJournal.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
“The brpr Group is a cutting-edge social media agency with an intimate understanding and expertise in social media,” said Steve Rifkind, one of the four entrepreneurs behind the spirit brand. “We are excited to have them as our social media agency of
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Sanaa Lathan lays out her requirements - S2Smagazine.com
Google News - over 5 years
Sanaa, who once lived with music executive Steve Rifkind, doesn't seem to be asking for a lot. Sanaa, who is the voice of Donna Tubbs on "The Cleveland Show, credits her success to just being thankful to have a job—oh, and her astounding talent!
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BET.com Exclusive: Raekwon Talks Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - BET
Google News - over 5 years
“I remember coming into the label and telling [Loud Records CEO] Steve Rifkind, my boss at the time, 'This is it. Matter of fact, I want to change the cassette color.' I was so confident, I wanted to separate myself from other artists
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Hard Rock Vodka launch boosts 2-year-old Boca Raton company - South Florida Business Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Ultimate Beverages' Michael Amideo, Serge Abecassis, Alan Weiner and Steve Rifkind show off their vodka and clothing. Four guys who started in the spirits business just two years ago are hoping their alliance with one of the most recognizable names in
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The Birth of Wrongkind Records - NBC San Diego (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The owner of Loud, Steve Rifkind, he had a company called SRC, which now is a record company, but at this point, it wasn't a record company. Loud was his record company, and SRC was his marketing company. SRC, being around them and his situation,
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Dubset raises $500K for DJ mixing site - VatorNews
Google News - over 5 years
SRC Records founder and Universal Music Group executive Steve Rifkind sits on the company's board of advisors. Dubset was founded in 2009, is headquartered in New York and had previously raised $100000 in funding
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Music Startup Dubset raises $500000 To Bring DJ Mixes Online - San Francisco Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Dubset will also be hiring key executives, launching more mobile apps, and building strategic relationships. Universal Music Group executive Steve Rifkind has also joined the Board of Advisors. Dubset was founded by Dave Stein and has 200 top DJs from
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Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All in Label Battle with Jay-Z & Diddy - SoJones
Google News - over 5 years
When Steve Rifkind of SRC wanted to meet with Tyler, he told him- “If you are serious about the meeting, I want Randy's Donuts, swivel chairs, and a megaphone.” Tyler got his wish, but not his sanity. SoJones wants an interview, Tyler!
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Method Man Talks Upcoming Crystal Meth (Video) - RapBasement.com
Google News - over 5 years
We speak on Steve Rifkind and whether the Wu set him up when they placed a “phantom intern” in his office. Meth and Killa also break down the 7th Chamber skit for me (parts of it Sumit never quite understood). Finally Method Man speaks on his brand new
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Eminem оценил оригинальность группы Odd Future - InDaRnB
Google News - over 5 years
К тому же, несмотря на предложение о партнёрстве от Diddy и основателя SRC Steve Rifkind, ребята "подписали сами себя", заключив соглашение с Red Distribution от Sony. Так что же это, феномен, гений или очередная "Lady Gaga" (в плане неформальности) в
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Eminem Praises Odd Future, Says 'the Dudes Can Rhyme' - The BoomBox
Google News - over 5 years
Despite interest from Sean "Diddy" Combs and SRC founder Steve Rifkind, the group pulled another unconventional move by "signing themselves" to a record deal, partnering with Sony's Red Distribution to release their music
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Hip-Hop Rumors: Tupac Alive In New Zealand? - AllHipHop
Google News - over 5 years
Steve Rifkind reportedly owes $2.8 million in back taxes. Thus is the life of a rich mofo. GET BETTER SEAN KINGSTON! Dude got messed up in a jet ski accident. He crashed into a bridge! Rihanna has reportedly gotten a new tattoo after she was seen
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Melanie Fiona Talks Food In New Interview - RTT News
Google News - almost 6 years
Oh my, bread I could never give up bread." The singer also made recent headlines when fans lashed out her label's head Steve Rifkind for allegedly taking too long to release her forthcoming sophomore album The MF Life. by RTT Staff Writer
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MUSIC; To Be Young, Rapping And White
NYTimes - almost 8 years
THESE days the Asher Roth show begins after the concert is over. In late March Mr. Roth performed at the Sherman Theater here for East Stroudsburg University's ''I College'' week. By 10:30 p.m. he was offstage, and the obstacle course began. First came the well-wishers and the weed smokers, who kept this young rapper occupied for a long time in the
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Squeezing Money From the Music
NYTimes - about 10 years
''Konvicted,'' a new CD from Akon, promised to be one of the year's big sellers when it appeared in record stores last month. Buoyed by two of the hottest singles in the country, Akon, a silky-voiced R&B singer, even had the most-viewed page among major label acts on MySpace.com. Sure enough, the album opened big, but in a way that reflected the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Steve Rifkind
    THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 35
    Steve also sponsors and coaches the Delray Blazers, his son’s youth basketball team, in Del Ray Beach, FL. In 2008 they won the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Florida state championships.
    More Details Hide Details Rifkind is also a sponsor of breast cancer charities, donating the profits from his “Think Pink Rocks” concerts to breast cancer research and treatment. The first “Think Pink Rocks” event in September 2008 was hosted by Queen Latifah and featured several SRC Records artists.
    Along with operating SRC, and his ever expanding roster of corporate clients, Rifkind's latest ventures include investments in Coalition Music Group, a Reggaeton label, as well in Kid's Block, an educational DVD series for children featuring music by the Trackmasters production team. 2008 saw the foundation of the Rifkind Thal Group (RTG), a technology marketing company.
    More Details Hide Details Its first client is SanDisk a data storage products inventor and manufacturer. The Street Team promotional model as pioneered by Steve Rifkind is based on the simple principle of word of mouth advertising coupled with the touchstones of what makes "urban cool.” The street team is fundamentally based on knowledge of the urban subculture on the part of the marketer and what the potential consumers relate to. "Nobody should put out a record before they know what the street thinks." Says Rifkind. Steve has 3 kids, Alex, Caroline, and Ryan Aside from his numerous business ventures, Steve Rifkind is involved in several philanthropic activities. Camp Excel, founded in 1996 with childhood friend, Psychologist, Dr. Gary Altheim, is a week-long overnight camp for underprivileged children struggling with learning disabilities.
  • 2007
    Age 34
    In 2007, Rifkind acquired limited rights to the Loud Records name from Sony and released the Wu-Tang Clan's 8 Diagrams under the Loud banner.
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  • 2003
    Age 30
    In 2003, Rifkind joined the Universal/Motown Records group as Vice President.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 29
    Today Rifkind is still deeply involved in the hip-hip and R&B world. After losing the Loud records name after a sale to Sony in 2002, Rifkind started Street Records Corporation (a second SRC).
    More Details Hide Details Early artist signings included platinum-selling southern rapper David Banner, as well as R&B singer Akon.
    Loud Film's first and only project, Paid in Full (a film on which Brett Ratner, Jay-Z, and Damon Dash were partners with Rifkind) was released in 2002.
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  • 1996
    Age 23
    Loud's success led to Rifkind's selling 50% of the company to RCA in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details In July 1999 Loud moved to Sony. Loud launched its film division in 1999, signing a multi-year pact with Dimension/Miramax.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1991
    Age 18
    As the CEO and founder of Loud Records in 1991, Rifkind positioned himself as a major tastemaker in a new era of hip hop music and culture.
    More Details Hide Details Designed as a bi-coastal hip-hop label focused on "street-themed" hip-hop, Loud was influential in launching the careers of several hip-hop stars in the early and mid-1990s; most notably the Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Three 6 Mafia, and Big Punisher. With Loud, Rifkind used the techniques he had developed at SRC to bring his artists success in branding and cross-promoting themselves. Among others, Loud's holdings included a film division and a clothing line.
  • 1986
    Age 13
    After leaving Spring Records, Rifkind re-located to Los Angeles where he managed the R&B group New Edition from 1986-1988.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Age 6
    In his youth, Steve worked for his father at Spring, even working as a promotion man on "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" by the FatBack Band in 1979, widely regarded as the first rap song ever recorded (it beat Sugarhill Gang's Rapper's Delight into record stores by weeks).
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  • OTHER
  • 1962
    Age -11
    Born on March 2, 1962.
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