Aaliyah’s Uncle Barry Hankerson Is Reviving His Old Record Label As ‘Blackground Records 2.0’

Barry Hankerson, the man who brought us talents including his niece, the late Aaliyah,

is reviving his old record label Blackground Records rebranded as Blackground Records


Multiple streets were shut down in Atlanta Saturday as the first lady of Blackground

Records 2.0, Autumn Marini, shot her first video ahead of the label’s launch.

Barry spoke exclusively to The Shade Room to talk about the rebirth of his label–which

gave us Timbaland’s “Shock Value II” in 2009 before a more than 10-year hiatus–and

bragged on his new artist who he says can’t be compared to any artist out.

Barry tells us he moved Blackground to Atlanta, where he has been meeting so many

talented artists who couldn’t find a way to get their music out. This inspired him to bring

Blackground back as Blackground Records 2.0 and do what they do, which he says is to

push young artists.

“It’s a good time to promote young talent,” Barry said.

He was especially taken by Autumn Marini, who he says has the whole package and can’t

be compared to other artists, past or present as she’s in her own lane.

“She’s beautiful, she writes her own songs,” Barry bragged. “I couldn’t resist working

with her. I couldn’t resist working for her”

He continued, “She’s totally her own artist. She’s very original.”

Barry added that Autumn Marini’s newest project will be an “explosive album.” “It’s an

incredible piece of work,” he said.

Blackground Records is responsible for finding some of our other faves including Tank

and Jojo, as well as Toni Braxton’s “Libra” album, which featured her hit single,


Are you here for the rebirth of Blackground Records 2.0?



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