Rapper Jeezy Goes From Artist to Executive in New Deal With Def Jam
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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. Jeezy has always impressed me with his talent, his tenacity, his instincts, his entrepreneurial spirit, and his leadership,” Harleston told Billboard. “I’m a huge believer in trusting, supporting, and enfranchising artists and bringing them into the process. But of course, Jeezy is so much more than an artist. He is family.”

To this day, Jeezy remains an active artist in the industry who’s on track to release his tenth solo album, “The Recession 2,” next week.

Variety reports that he recently partnered with Charlamagne Tha God and iHeartMedia’s The Black Effect Podcast Network to launch “The (Re)Session Podcast by Jeezy.” He also kicked off his own weekly talk show “Worth a Conversation” on Fox Soul.

Jeezy is scheduled to face off with trap music pioneer, T.I., next Thursday for the season two premiere of VERZUZ.