New York-based VP Records signs Quata Budukusu
One of the biggest independent record labels in New York, VP Records has signed Ghanaian rapper Jacob Kwame Etroo popularly known as Quata Budukusu.
According to Quata’s management, this is a three-year distribution deal for his yet-to-be-released album dubbed Quantum Riddim and it is a thirteen track album recorded with one riddim by one artiste “Quata Budukusu”.
The riddim was produced in Ghana by KvBangerz. Songs on the Quantum riddim album include ‘Jah Give I strength,’ ‘Be free,’ ‘Motivate yourself,’ ‘I don’t need a hero,’ ‘sweetest melody’, ‘stars, Amazing,’ Do mi “love me”, among others.
Undoubtedly, VP has been the success behind most of the world class musicians including Alborosie, Beres Hammond, Bounty Killer, Bunji Garlin, Busy Signal, Byron Lee, Carlene Davis, Christopher Martin, Dennis Brown, Dizzy Dee, Duane Stephenson, Elephant Man, Etana, Fay-Ann Lyons, Freddie McGregor, Gyptian, Jah Cure, Marcia Griffiths, among others.
Aside Quata, another artiste who has been signed onto the label is Stonebwoy.
About VP Records
VP Records is an independent record label located in Queens New York. The label is known for releasing music by notable artists around the globe. The label was founded in 1979; VP Records has become a successful reggae and Caribbean music label and distributor.
VP Records has been awarded Billboard’s “Best Independent Label” for two consecutive years 2002 and 2003, and has received the award for “Best Reggae Imprint Label” for three consecutive years.
VP was also nominated for Best Independent Reggae Label at the 2003 Billboard Hip-Hop and R&B awards, and has been mentioned and featured in publications such as Vibe Magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, etc.
Additionally, the label has established a presence in Toronto, Australia and New Zealand. The label was founded by the late Vincent Randy Chin and his wife Patricia Chin, who owned the Randy’s Records store in Kingston, Jamaica as well as the Studio 17 recording studios.
In the mid-1970s, the Chins moved to New York City, setting up a record store in Brooklyn called VP Records in 1975, from which they sold and distributed records.
In 1979, they relocated the store to Jamaica, Queens. In 1993, the record label was formed after the success of the retail store. The name of the label is a product of the first letters in the founders’ names.
The label established itself as one of the first and largest independent record labels for reggae and dancehall, and with the popularity of the riddim sound of the early 2000s, the label achieved worldwide success for artists such as Sean Paul through the label’s deals with Warner Music Group’s Atlantic Records and Virgin Music Canada.
VP Records has acquired the slogan “Miles Ahead in Reggae Music” to signify that they could be considered to be the future of music that derives from the Caribbean. In addition to reggae, VP is also known for dancehall, soca, afrobeats or afro-reggae music.
By: Kwame Dadzie/citifmonline.com/Ghana