Company Flow

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Company Flow is an alternative hip hop crew associated with the independent record label Rawkus Records. El-Producto, DJ Mr. Len and Bigg Jus founded the group in 1992 (see 1992 in music) in Queens, New York. El-Producto had had a disastrous experience with a record label in an attempt at a solo deal, and founded the group after serving as an intern for an entertainment lawyer. With DJ Mr. Len, Company Flow released "Juvenile Techniques" in 1993 (see 1993 in music); it and the follow-up, "8 Steps to Perfection" were underground hits, as was the debut EP, Funcrusher (1995, 1995 in music). Subject to a major label bidding war, Company Flow waited until they could get a contract on their own terms, eventually signing to Rawkus and helping to revitalize alternative hip hop with labelmates like Mos Def. Some mainstream success followed, and the group amicably dissolved. El-Producto has started his own record label (Definitive Jux) and a solo career, as has Mr. Len (Smacks Records) and Bigg Jus. Reports say that El-P is working on production on the solo debut of former Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha.

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