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Rapper YG Says He Was 'Finessed' Into Signing To Def Jam At Age 19, But Admits It Turned Him Into A Business Man With A Brand

Rapper YG may be a businessman now. However, it came after regretfully signing with Def Jam when he was only 19 years old.

Nov 8, 2023

LL Cool J Recalls Once Having Ownership In Def Jam Recordings And FUBU

LL Cool J has made it known that he never entered the music industry for the sake of money, but he fully believes in equity.

Aug 10, 2023

Jay-Z Gives Flowers To Rihanna, Says She's 'One Of The Most Prominent Artists Ever. Self-Made In Business And Entertainment'

Our prayers have been answered. Rihanna will be returning to the music arena for Super Bowl LVII.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri)

Sep 26, 2022

Snoop Dogg Recalls Helping Fellow Rapper Benny The Butcher Get Paid His Worth In Def Jam Deal After Being 'Lowballed'

When Snoop Dogg isn’t securing a new deal for himself, he’s helping to put other creatives on. AfroTech previously shared that the emcee turned executive creative and strategic consultant for Def Jam discovered voiceover artist L. Michelle and placed her throughout his latest album, “Algorithm.” Now, Snoop has revealed how he lent a helping hand to fellow rapper Benny The Butcher. In an interview with Hip-Hop journalist Elliott Wilson, he spoke about helping the Buffalo, NY native snag a better deal with Def Jam that properly measured up to the successful lane he’s created in Hip-Hop, according to Revolt. “He’s like, ‘Oh man, they lowballed me.’ I said, ‘Lowballed you? They don’t know who you is?’” Snoop said. He continued: “I’m going to call the boss. You’re going to tell the boss what you want, and he’s going to give you what you want and you’re going to sign.” The OG guiding Benny to put his foot down led to him signing a deal with more dollar signs behind it, according to reports.

Mar 9, 2022

How Shante Bacon Turned Lessons Learned At Def Jam Into Founding Her Own Marketing Agency

Successful entrepreneurs come from all unique walks of life, but being innately driven is a story they all share. While growing up in the bustling neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens, it was destined for Shante Bacon to acquire her entrepreneurial spirit. Her relentless ambition set ablaze what would become an eight-year career at Def Jam.  

Jan 3, 2022

Briant Biggs, Cousin of Jay-Z, Faces Civil Suit For Alleged Scam Involving Roc Nation Gaming Investor

The Daily News reports that Jay-Z’s Roc Nation is facing legal action. Briant Biggs, the “Big Pimpin'” emcee’s cousin, allegedly played a role in the team responsible for raising $1.5 million for Roc Nation’s video game subsidiary Unanimous Games, court documents state. According to Blueprint Capital Holdings, an alleged investor in Unanimous Games, Biggs presented a business plan that was said to connect eSports and the entertainment industry with live events and mobile games. Ryan Collision, the president of Blueprint, revealed that he was under the impression that rappers signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation would participate in the partnerships. Some of these artists include Meek Mill, Jay Park, and Yo Gotti. After Collision claims he invested $250,000 in March 2018, the plan was allegedly for Unanimous Games to pay the minimum repayment amount plus interest by March 2021, but a Manhattan Federal Court suit announces that when the date came, they never received any payment. Not only...

Aug 11, 2021

Emmy-Winning Television Producer Lena Waithe Starts Hillman Grad Records in Partnership With Def Jam

Lena Waithe is taking her talents to music! The Emmy-winning television producer just took a leap into the music business and is partnering with Def Jam Recordings to start a new label, Hillman Grad Records, reports Variety. For Def Jam, the goal of this collaboration is “leveraging opportunities across music, TV, and film…to capitalize on the cultural significance generated when these worlds meaningfully intersect.” “Music and storytelling have always gone hand in hand,” said Waithe in an official statement . “And I think that’s because musicians are the storytellers we love the most. They can take complex emotions and simplify it in four minutes, the same artist can sing about the revolution and falling in love. Music is a part of us. It’s so often connected to our fondest and sometimes our darkest memories. Musicians tell our story.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Lena Waithe (@lenawaithe) While no artists signings have been announced, Hillman Grad already has...

Mar 11, 2021

Rapper Jeezy Goes From Artist to Executive in New Deal With Def Jam

Not only is veteran rapper Jeezy renewing his record deal with Def Jam Recordings — his music home since 2005 — he’s also signing on to the company as senior staff. According to Variety , Jeezy has inked a multi-faceted contract with Def Jam Recordings, inclusive of album releases as well as a consultancy with the label. “It’s an honor to return to the label I’ve called home for 15 years, not only as an artist but as an executive,” Jeezy told Billboard . “I spent most of my career learning from trial and error. I am happy to say that I am back on the team that helped me build my legacy from the streets to the boardroom and nothing makes me more fulfilled than being in a position to help guide and add value to the next generation.” In his new role, Jeezy will serve as a senior advisor to the interim chairman and CEO Jeff Harleston, where he will consult on matters related to A&R and artist development. “Jeezy is so meaningful to Def Jam; it’s legacy, it’s past, present and future....

Nov 13, 2020