Popular Rap Distributor SouthWest To Close Doors

Southwest Wholsale, one of the largest independent

record label distributors that specialized in rap music, has closed its doors

after 27 years of doing business.

The company started laying employees off last

Friday (Jan. 30) and despite the bleak situation, owner Robert Guillerman to

the Houston Chronicle that he has not given up on his company just yet.

"I’m exploring all my options and doing

everything I can to stay open," Guillerman said, "but I’m not sure

if I’ll be able to. We’re fighting to stay alive."

The closure of Southwest Wholesale comes amidst

serious financial instability in the music industry, which the industry analysts

blame on the widespread trading of music via the internet and bootleggers.

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