Babygrande Records is an independent record label based in New York City founded by Chuck Wilson. Babygrande is distributed by the The Orchard, and represented by the Creative Artists Agency in Hollywood.
Chuck Wilson (born Charles Wilson, Jr. on April 23rd, 1968) is a multimedia executive. He is currently the CEO of Triumph Media Holdings, a multimedia company formed to explore media opportunities that target African Americans. Wilson is also the founder of Babygrande Records. He has served as the executive producer on over 100 titles. In addition, Wilson was the Director of A&R at Priority Records as well as Director of Business Affairs at Black Entertainment Television (“BET”). He also conceived and co-wrote the 2004 film, Soul Plane.
During his tenure at Priority Records, Wilson worked extensively on several projects, including the Training Day original soundtrack which he A&R'd. In 2001, Wilson left his position as Director of A&R at Priority Records to found the independent label, Babygrande Records. Wilson said, “Early on, when I saw the whole consolidation trend starting to occur with major labels, I decided to branch out and start a small indie label”. Babygrande was initially funded by the money Wilson made from selling his scripts to Hollywood and operated from Wilson’s apartment. The label has released over two hundred titles, including albums from M.O.P., GZA of Wu-Tang Clan, U-God of Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon, Brand Nubian, Grand Puba, Jedi Mind Tricks, Army Of The Pharaohs, Canibus, Hi-Tek and Sa-Ra, among others.
In 2004, SOHH recognized Wilson as a “player to watch”. He was also named one of Billboard Magazine’s 2005 Power Players. He has also been cited as an authority on piracy by Billboard Magazine.
Babygrande is one of the premier independent record labels operating today. Their ten plus successful years in the music business, all of which have been during the most volatile period in the history of recorded music, give them a unique perspective.
Their catalog of over 3000 albums, songs and on-line videos includes hip-hop, indie-rock, EDM and everything in between. They have helped launch the careers of new artists and have nurtured the careers of seasoned veterans. As they move into our second decade, they're excited to continue focusing on quality music and to work with artists whose work ethic, craftsmanship, talent and sounds are superior.