Dr. Dre left Death Row Records in 1996 to launch his own record label. Aftermath Entertainment’s first release was Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath, a compilation of his hits. It was followed quickly by a solo album of new released entitled 2001. But Dr. Dre and Aftermath’s main focus was producing albums for other artists. He signed Eminem in 1998 and 50 Cent in 2002. His success working on their albums, as well as the work of other artists, was rewarded with six Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year.