L.A. Reid - Photo Credit: Eddy "Precise" Lamarre

L.A. Reid – Photo Credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre

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.


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  • nosey rosy

    well there goes all the hottest artist, LA reed is LIKE cheese on cheese cake , one without the other is not cheese cake , they are slowly making white males executive of all these record company , i mean bob johnson sold JOHNSON AND JOHNSON to whites and BET was sold to whites , its all about pushing black industry out of main stream labeling and all will be racist before you know it , blacks will be pushed all the way out ,, black artist is extent now not many are still that hot ,, look at ashanti? too old to target the age market they want , ,usher too . beyonce is getting there slowly, kelly roland them got married and is not seen as hot no more . once you age of 25 hit they can hang it up LA reed tried to bring older black rb artist and old school rap back , , future is to them too old to be rapping , even though he sounds great he raps of traps and dope and hustling symbolic for atlanta rap world ,buttttt this new ceo ,fixin to clean up all that ,, watch . . they dont want white kids listening to gangster hard rap .. and rb is barely hanging on . please LA REED NEED TO OPEN HIS OWN COMPANY.. he will have every artist leaveing that label headed his way .. . .they also better deal with that , while they power playing on a nigro LA REED AND BABYFACE ARE STILL TWO OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER LABEL KINGS