Don Cannon named VP of A&R at Island Def Jam Music Group


Don Cannon will take over as Executive Vice President/Head of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group. The award-winning producer will work directly with Karen Kwak, Executive Vice President/Head of A&R, to oversee projects and discover new artists to sign to the label.

Throughout the years, Cannon has worked with artists such as Jay-Z, Pusha T, Young Jeezy, Nas, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, OutKast and T.I.

Beginning his career as a DJ/producer, Cannon made a name for himself along with DJ Drama and DJ Sense as a member of the Aphilliates. The group helped to brand Gangsta Grillz mixtape series and helped to resurrect the mixtape era in hip-hop during the early 2000s.


A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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