L.A. Reid is no longer CEO at Epic Records. The departure comes just weeks after Sony Music, Epic’s parent company, named Rob Stringer as CEO.
Reid led Epic to being one of the most respected labels in the music industry. Under Reid’s guidance, the label featured chart-topping artists such as Future, DJ Khaled, Travi$ Scott, and A Tribe Called Quest. The label also recently made history after Future released two back-to-back No. 1 albums in a span of two weeks.
Reid’s departure is puzzling considering his recent success at the label. For the past 30 years, Reid has guided a multitude of successful artists. During his years at LaFace Records, he was responsible for helping to mold the careers of OutKast, TLC, Usher, and T.I. While at Island Def Jam, he worked with Rihanna, Kanye West, and appointed Jay Z as President of the label.
On the day it was announced Reid was no longer at Epic, DJ Khaled took to his Snapchat to post, “We love you L.A. Reid!”
Sony Music has yet to issue an official statement.
LA Reid got fired. It’s not a coincidence this happened a month after Sony Music got a new CEO. pic.twitter.com/tEvde2vauN
— Chloe #TeamValMani (@ChloeKordeii) May 11, 2017
Now that LA Reid is out, there may be 2 to 3 high ranking black execs in the entire Music industry
— Radio Facts (@radiofactsblog) May 11, 2017
Man listen if LA Reid come back to Atlanta and started a new label…crazy!
— Jason Reddick (@jasonreddick_) May 11, 2017