Jay-Z vs. Dupri?
Wed, 07 Feb 2007 11:15:13
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Jermaine Dupri, one of the industry’s most consistently chart-topping producers and songwriters, has been appointed president of Island Records Urban Music, a new division of the Island Def Jam Music Group. The announcement was made Wednesday (February 7th) by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman of the Island Def Jam Music Group, who praised Dupri as "a respected label executive and entrepreneur, and as a highly esteemed developer of new talent."
The move creates an interesting overlap within Island/Def Jam, as it would seem to put Dupri and his urban division of Island in competition with Def Jam Records, which is helmed by multiplatinum rapper/producer Jay-Z. Jay, whose most recent album Kingdom Come was a critical and commercial disappointment, was not mentioned in the announcement.
As part of the new arrangement, Dupri will oversee Island’s entire urban music operation, as well as producing other artists for both Island/Def Jam and other labels belonging to IDJ's parent label, Universal.
Dupri is based out of Atlanta, a hotbed of emerging hip-hop talent in recent years, which might account for Reid's interest in hiring him. He has written and produced hits for Usher, Mariah Carey, Dem Franchize Boyz and Bow Wow among others.
--The ARTISTdirect Staff