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Def Jam Rccordings Appoints The-Dream Executive Vice President of A&R On the heels of the release of his fourth solo album, Love IV MMXII, this past spring and a year after challenging the establishment — releasing a mixtape titled 1977 under his birth name last summer — Terius “The-Dream” Nash has received a prestigious appointment…

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Island Def Jam/Motown record labels appear to be suffering from the economic downturn. Hip-hop’s most legendary record label laid off 20 employees. The most shocking layoffs were of renowned executives Jonathan McHugh and Chris Hicks. Record labels are going through an adjustment after the industry failed to keep up with technological advances. File sharing and…

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Before partying, drug dealing and getting crunk became the content of choice for many of today’s southern rappers, artists such OutKast, UGK, Eightball & MJG, and Goodie Mob used spirituality and soul music to create the foundation for Southern hip-hop.  Big KRIT captures the essence of that era with his new mixtape, Return of 4…

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Rapper Nas has apparently had enough of making child support payments to Kelis without the support of his record label, Def Jam. Does the rapper expect the imprint to wire the money into Ms. Milkshake’s account? Of course not. But he would like them to fully support his creativity as an artist so the money…

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How much does Def Jam mean to hip-hop? So much that three generations of rap and rock artists came out to pay homage to the legendary label on its 25th anniversary. Luminaries such as Public Enemy, Kid Rock, EPMD, Gym Class Heroes, Scarface, Ludacris and more were on hand to pay their respects to Russell…

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Def Jam’s Kawan Prather: The Man Behind John Legend and T.I.’s Fame Walking through Kawan “KP” Prather’s house is like taking a trip through the lives of the who’s who of music. On the wall of his “reflection” room, are plaques from Usher, OutKast, Pink, John Legend, T.I., Toni Braxton and more. As the senior…

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  Los Angeles– It’s been 25 long years since Def Jam first emerged on the scene, and introduced the world to its fresh brand of hip-hop, cementing itself as the most important label in all of rap music. And last night, the label properly celebrated its birthday and also kicked off the BET Awards weekend…

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