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Universal Music Group Announces the Launch of Def Jam Africa

Def Jam is continuing its global expansion with the launch of Def Jam Africa. The announcement from Universal Music Group states the new wing fo the iconic label will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria. The new label will focus on hip-hop, Afrobeats, and trap talent throughout the region, with a team […]

‘Beastie Boys Story’ Documentary Released On Apple TV Today

Legendary New York group the Beastie Boys have today released their long-awaited live documentary directed by Spike Jonze on Apple TV titled Beastie Boys Story. The innovate near 2-hour stage performance of Mike D and Ad-Rock runs through the iconic groups’ pre-history from the early 1980s until today from their original Hardcore punk roots to […]

Paul Rosenberg Steps Down as Def Jam CEO and Will Launch Goliath Records

The Paul Rosenberg era at Def Jam Recordings has come to an end. The seasoned industry vet stepped down from his role as Chairman & CEO to launch a new joint venture with Universal Music Group, Goliath Records. Rosenberg, who is also Eminem’s manager, became CEO just two years ago, but now will operate as […]

Jadakiss Set to Drop New Album ‘Ignatius’ This Friday

NYC rap legend Jadakiss is set to drop his fifth solo studio album Ignatius this Friday on Def Jam/Roc Nation/D-Block. The album is named after his former manager, Ruff Ryder producer/A&R and long-time friend Ignatius “Ice Pick Jay” Jackson who unfortunately passed away from cancer in June 2017 (RIP). This release is set to be […]

Today in Hip-Hop History: Irv And Chris Gotti Beat The Feds 14 Years Ago

Even with a 98% conviction rate, the federal government was no match for Irv Gotti and the Murder Inc. crew. On this date in 2005, the U.S. government exonerated Irv and Chris Gotti along with their Murder Inc. after a two-year-long case in which the Lorenzo brothers were forced to prove that their successful, multi-million […]

Cam’Ron Reveals He Passed on a Role in ‘Next Friday’

Cam'Ron Reveals That he Passed on a Role in 'Next Friday'

Cam’Ron sat down with Rap Radar and gave a lot of interesting insight about his past disagreements with JAY-Z,  performing at the B-Sides 2 show, snitching and many more. The Harlem rapper revealed that he passed up an opportunity to star in the second installment of the Friday franchise. “I didn’t want to do Friday […]

DMX Inks New Def Jam Deal

DMX Inks New Def Jam Deal

Things have been going up for DMX ever since his recent release from prison. He has been flexing his acting chops, reuniting with old collaborators/friends, and overall just been looking healthy. X fans have been eager for his return to the booth and it looks like that’s going to happen sooner than later. All Hip […]

Def Jam Announces Rodney Shealey as EVP, Theda Sandiford as SVP

There has been a position shakeup at Def Jam Recordings which now has label vet Rodney Shealey in the Executive Vice President seat. Music Business Worldwide details the label also promoted Theda Sandiford to the Senior Vice President, Commerce position in a move that is detailed “to strengthen and restructure the top levels of [our] […]

Russell Simmons’ ‘All Def Digital’ Not Shutting Down But ‘Restructuring’

All Def Digital, the Hip-Hop and urban youth culture media company founded by Russell Simmons, is going through a major shakeup. According to reports All Def Digital is restructuring but is not folding, according to president and CEO Chris Blackwell. Last week, citing anonymous sources, internet-video publication Tubefilter reported that All Def Digital was calling […]

BET to Premiere ‘The Next Big Thing’ Music Competition

There will be another show for all you talented singers! It has been announced that BET’s newest reality music competition series The Next Big Thing, will make its premiere on July 9 at 10 PM/9 PM CT. Judges, also known as “The League”, mogul Dame Dash, multi-platinum producer Zaytoven, and industry executive Tina Davis will […]

[WATCH] The First Episode Of Def Jam’s ‘Undisputed’ Series

Undisputed is an eight-part docu-series from Def Jam that will be airing exclusively on WorldStar today and the series follows the creation of the album and explores unbelievable stories of the artists involved in the album. YFL Kelvin may have made it out the mud, but his journey is only primed to blast off. Follow […]