Rockland Records is an American record label founded by R&B recording artist and record producer R. Kelly in 1998, having distribution from Interscope Records. The label was home to recording artists such as Kelly himself, Sparkle, the label has released four albums certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The label is known for songs like Fiesta, Fortunate, Be Careful, Rockland Records main producers are R. Kelly and Trackmasters. The label is currently inactive but Kelly still owns the Rockland Records imprint, Kelly founded Rockland Records in 1998, in conjunction with Universal Music Group, shortly before releasing his fourth album. Rocklands artists included Sparkle, rappers Boo & Gotti, Talent, the soundtrack to the 1999 Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy movie Life was released on the Rockland label, and Sparkle was the first artist to release an album on the label. Despite various conflicts between Sparkle and the label, her debut album performed well, going platinum, the albums most popular track was a duet between Kelly and Sparkle titled Be Careful. The labels roster included artists Sparkle, Boo & Gotti, Talent, Vegas Cats, Lady, Frankie and Secret Weapon. In October 13,1998 a posthumous single by 2Pac was released featuring label group mate Talent, Talent later released their own single called Celebrity from their album Bulls Eye, which was a minor hit, peaking at number 90 on the R&B/Hip Hop chart. In 1998, the labels first artist, Sparkle released her debut self-titled album, in addition to producing and writing the project, Kelly made vocal contribution to the hit duet Be Careful, which contributed largely to the albums success. The album was certified platinum in December 2000, in 1999, Kelly wrote and produced the soundtrack to the Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy movie Life, which features tracks from K-Ci & JoJo, Maxwell, Mýa, and Destinys Child. The soundtrack was released on the Rockland label, Rockland artists Sparkle, Talent, and Vegas Cats all appeared on the Life soundtrack. Sparkle was dropped from the label for refusing to show up to work unless her boyfriend, in addition, she was released several times for insubordinate. Later, Sparkle was released for good and she went to Motown to record the album Told You So, the albums only minor hit was Its A Fact which reached #62 on the R&B charts. Sparkle tried to team up with Kelly once more but was unable, after Kelly refused to work with Sparkle, she claimed her niece was in a sex tape having sex with R. Kelly, which Kelly, the girl, and her parents all denied. Boo & Gotti and Vegas Cats appeared on R. Kellys albums, R. and TP-2. com, as well as a freestyle from Boo & Gotti on The Fast and the Furious soundtrack, making several references to Rockland. Production duo Trackmasters were a part of the label at that time, after dealing with the disloyal, ungrateful artists he tried to help out, R. Kelly shelved the label and focused on producing and writing songs for other artists
Singer R. Kelly founded the record label during 1998.