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Jay Z Steps Down From Def Jam Records


Looks like as of January 1st,  Jay Z will no longer serve  as president of Def Jam Records. Here’s a statement he released:

“I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have served as President of such a culturally-defining label as Def Jam over the last three years,” Jay Z said in a statement. “During that time, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many of the world’s most dynamic artists and many of the most dedicated and talented executives in the music business today, including Antonio “L.A.” Reid. But now it’s time for me to take on new challenges.”

Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, took over as President of Def Jam in 2005. Under his guidance, the rapper signed his former rival Nas to Def Jam and oversaw the release of hit records by Kayne West, Rihanna and Ne-yo.

Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid said that Jay Z felt it was time to take on “different challenges in his life.”

Jay Z will continue running and recording for his Roc-A-Fella imprint, which is distributed by the Island Def Jam Music Group. The mogul is rumored to be making a transition to the urban division of Sony Records with Rick Rubin.


4 Responses to “Jay Z Steps Down From Def Jam Records”

  1. Too often successful businessmen overload their schedules with too many commitments and they sacrifice the one thing they truly began to work for from the beginning: time. A prudent self-made multi-millionare views priorities and chooses from there.

  2. Once the success in your life has plateaued, you want to start thinking about things like family, having kids and passing your expertise to the next generation in a more immediate sense. Fewer responsibilities should enable you to put more of your time into personal goals. Mostly it’s a question of re-organizing and re-prioritizing in order to continue much earned successes.

  3. Health and well-being are important to consider when measuring one’s quality of life. Too many projects, mounting stresses and unforseable drama are good things to avoid once you have proven to yourself and even the world that you are indeed a living legend.

  4. As crucial as fame might be to success sometimes it’s best to focus on what you truly want. Being the president of any company, especially Def Jam Records involves thankless work and around the clock availability. It just isn’t feasable. Is it even beneficial? Good call, Jay-Z.

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