BET to Air Ludacris-produced Documentary Series on Hip-Hop Labels

BET to Air Ludacris-produced Documentary Series on Hip-Hop Labels
BET has revealed plans for an upcoming documentary series that will take an in-depth look at some of hip-hop's most successful record labels. Titled Inside the Label, the eight-episode series will begin airing on May 17. The show will be executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions and DTP — a company comprising Ludacris(real name Chris Bridges), his manager Chaka Zulu and Jeff Dixon.

Over the course of eight weeks, eight different labels will get profiled, starting with Uptown Records. The inaugural episode will feature interviews with Andre Harrell, Diddy, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Babyface, Teddy Riley, 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's story will be told by talking to T.I., Jason Geter, Young Dro, Kevin Liles, Lil Duval, Killer Mike, DJ Toomp and B.O.B.

Loud Records is up next with interviews from Steve Rifkind, RZA, Xzibit and E-Swift, followed by an episode on Slip-N-Slide Records featuring commentary from Ted Lucas, Rick Ross, Trick Daddy, Trina and DJ Khaled.

An episode focusing on Terror Squad will hear from Fat Joe, DJ Khaled, Noreaga, Cool & Dre and Jesse Terrero; Ruff Ryders will be spotlighted in conversations with Joaquin Dean, Darren Dean, Chivon Dean, Swizz Beatz, Eve, The Lox, Irv Gotti, Drag On, DJ Clue, Kool Herc, Lyor Cohen and Jimmy Iovine; and Disturbing Tha Peace will be explored in interviews with Ludacris, Chaka Zulu, Jeff Dixon, Chingy, Bobby Valentino, Shareefa, Lil Scrappy, Bangladesh, Lil Fate, I-20 and Poon Daddy.

The final episode will look at Murder Inc. and feature the likes of Irv Gotti, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Jay Z, Charlie Baltimore, Kevin Liles and Lyor Cohen.

"The dreams and visions; the successes and failures … we want young aspiring entrepreneurs to have a blueprint as to what really goes on in this business and understand how much work it takes," Dixon told Billboard. "We [as African-Americans] also want to document our own history, especially in this industry. This is like our natural resource. No one can tell these stories like us."