Top Notch was founded in 1995 as a Dutch hip-hop label. It immediately made a big impact with the release of the hitsingle 'Spraakwater', the song that made legendary rap artist Extince a household name. Since then it grew to where it is now: the market leader for Dutch hip-hop and one of the most successful independent labels in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Top Notch releases music of some of the most popular Dutch hiphop artists: The Opposites, Sticks, Fresku, Gers Pardoel, Opgezwolle, Sef, Duvelduvel, Lange Frans, Winne, Kubus, De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig, Dio, Kempi and the list goes on and on. We are proud to say in doing so we introduced hip-hop, R&B and reggae music to a wider audience and keep doing so. We broadened our horizon by signing non-urban acts such as the young punkband Rats On Rafts, reggae/pop singed Damaru, hardcore punk band Aux Raus and Belgian folk singer Guido Belcanto.
Besides releasing music Top Notch also publishes books in cooperation with renowned publisher Lebowski, organizes concerts and events, sells merchandise and produces documentaries and movies.