KYAMBO “HIP HOP” JOSHUA STRIKES EXCLUSIVE LABEL DEAL WITH DEF JAM

 

New York, NY, November 4, 2014 – – Prolific producer and respected music executive Dion “No I.D.” Wilson has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Def Jam Recordings, responsible for all of the A&R activities as well as creative artist development for the esteemed label. No I.D. will continue to oversee his label venture, ARTium Records (Jhene Aiko, Common, Vince Staples, Elijah Blake, Cocaine 80s) and will maintain offices and a presence in both Santa Monica and New York, reporting directly to Steve Bartels, CEO, Def Jam Recordings. Previously, No I.D. was Executive Vice President/Co-Head of A&R.

In making the announcement, Bartels noted, “In a year where Def Jam has established such new artists as Iggy Azalea, Jhene Aiko, YG, and August Alsina, no one is better suited to creatively represent and expertly guide our label moving forward than No I.D.  He is not only a proven hitmaker and creative thinker, but he is a bold leader who is well respected by both the artists and executives alike. Together, we are poised for even greater levels of success.”

No I.D. is one of the most acclaimed and successful producers of the modern era, and has worked as a producer with the biggest names in music, including Kanye West, JAY-Z, Jhene Aiko, Common, Big Sean, Rick Ross, NAS, Drake, Kid Cudi, G-Unit, Method Man, and many others.

“I’m excited to take the reins of this historic label and to help shape our creative destiny,” No I.D. said. “The Def Jam brand has never been more culturally relevant, and our vision remains the same as it was when Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons launched the label 30 years ago; and that is to simply be the best.  Steve Bartels and I are fully committed to carry that vision and standard for excellence into the future.”

Concurrently, Bartels announced that Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua formed a new, exclusive label with Def Jam.  Hip Hop will have the opportunity to place his signings with either Def Jam or Caroline. “I look forward to getting back to what I do best,” said Hip Hop, “and that is having the time and resources to seek out and discover the greatest, and most unique musical talent the world has to offer.  Launching my own boutique label and having the power and support of Def Jam is the ideal situation for me and my artists.” Prior to forming the new label, Hip Hop was co-Head of A&R at Def Jam.

  

About Def Jam Recordings:

Def Jam Recordings was founded in 1984 and has represented the very best in cutting edge music and youth culture for 30 years. Def Jam Recordings began as a maverick independent label inspired by a punk ethos and the emerging sound of hip-hop; pioneering iconic stars like LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Over the next three decades, Def Jam established its dominance with acts like Jay-Z, DMX, Ja Rule, Method Man & Redman, Ludacris, Rihanna, Jeezy, and Kanye West. Now in its 30th year, Def Jam’s music and lifestyle has grown into a global brand – synonymous with creativity and authenticity – encompassing a diverse roster of marquee and emerging stars that includes Kanye, Iggy Azalea, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Justin Bieber, Alesso, Mariah Carey, Rick Ross, Frank Ocean, YG, Afrojack, 2 Chainz, Jeremih, the Roots, August Alsina, Jhene Aiko, and others. To find out more, please go to http://www.defjam.com