Distinction! In an industry swarming with independent labels all boasting the most talented, yet invariable underrated artist on the scene, finding a company that truly embodies uniqueness in not only arduous, but nearly impossible. And while Fi Records certainly possesses similar characteristics to other independent labels, there’s something about the company that embodies distinction. That eccentric element is an unbridled sense of purpose.
Established in 1997 with the release of rapper Pretty Tony’s debut album. Over the years, Fi Records has established itself as one of the most prominent labels rising out of the depths of the Atlanta music scene. Founded by Bill and Gloria Davis as a means to realize their daughter’s dreams of becoming a professional singer, Fi Records is dedicated to bringing visions to fruition.
Since its inception, the label has experienced numerous successes – including the release of Memphis rapper Lil Blunt’s Bluntnatized (2001) that sold over 10,000 records in less than four weeks. Despite receiving no radio play and only regional promotion, the album reached 47 on the Billboard Independent charts. However, it was the release of the Hitman Sammy Sam’s Album, Still Intoxicated that propelled Fi Records into the limelight. The smash hit, Call For Backup received a great deal of regional air-play, in cities such as Chattanooga, Memphis, Birmingham, Albany and of course Sam’s hometown, Atlanta.
Boasting a strong relationship with several major record companies, Fi Records has a working relationship with numerous celebrated artists throughout the nation, including Too Short, Lil Jon and the Ying Yang Twinz among others.
Bottom line, Fi Records has not swayed from their purpose. In fact, as time has progressed, they’ve only become stronger in their vision – and that is a rarity within itself.