Formed in 2005, Brake Fast Records has remained a potent force in the DMV hip-hop scene since its inception. Beginning with the signing of A-Class in 2007 and the release of his debut project "Motive Response", the label built a strong foundation for continued success. A-Class has since become a worldwide battle sensation in the Grind Time Now rap battle league and continues to grow musically, being recognized as one of the few battle rappers who also makes exceptional songs.
In 2010 Brake Fast Records signed the Baltimore group Dirt Platoon and shortly after the "Deeper Than Dirt" LP was released that same year. "Deeper Than Dirt" received considerable attention in the Baltimore media, ultimately placing #6 on the City Paper's top 10 albums of 2010. Dirt Platoon was also nominated for rap group of the year at the DMV Awards and received the "Baltimore Legends" award following their 2010 release.
Since the label's formation, Tom Delay has played an increasingly salient role in Brake Fast Records' production. Producing beats and garnering executive production credit on every release, it has become evident that Delay's ear is an important element in the label's musical formula. After being mentioned in various media outlets for the work he has put in, the City Paper crowned Delay "Beatmaker of the Year" in 2011.
In addtion to releaseing a steady stream of quality music, Brake Fast Records has left its mark on the Baltimore hip-hop scene. Its flagship battle event, "Speaker Boxin" has fostered the growth of many talented emcees and producers, while keeping the true hip-hop culture alive in Baltimore. Former producer champs Mark Henry, JGlaze, J Oliver, GQ, T-Mos and others have gone on to flourish in the music industry. Emcee champions have gone on to have succesful careers both musically and in a number of rap battle circuits across the country.