No I.D. Weighs In On Irv Gotti's Bid For Def Jam Presidency

The Executive Vice President of A&R at Def Jam gives his opinion on Gotti's bid.

After Irv Gotti made a bid for Def Jam presidency, the newly-appointed Executive VP No I.D. called in to WGCI’s The Morning Riot to weigh in on the suggestion. During the interview, he took an evenhanded approach to the topic, but said that he understands why he feels how he feels.

"I know here he’s coming from. Everybody got an opinion about it. I’m just there to do my job, to be honest," he said. "He’s just strongly stating his opinion, and there are some facts in it and there are other parts to this business that have to do with how things be the way they are."

Addressing whether he's capable of fulfilling the position duties, No I.D. stated, "I can’t say. That’s what I mean by I won’t get into whether he can or cant, because who’s to say who can and can’t? it would be cool to have somebody in that position, but me, I’ma just stay in my position and do the best that I can do for music in general."

Listen to the full interview below, where he also reveals that Common's next single is titled "Sweet," speaks on the state of Hip Hop and more (via FSD).

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18 Comments

  • LOL @ these comments

    No ID should put him on the label staff! That's what REAL businessmen do! Stop thinking small!

  • TRUTH

    Damn ya'll shitting on Irv like he AIN'T accomplished NOTHING!.. ..All ya'll see is murder inc.he that wasn't the first and only thing has accomplished...I'm just saying the man has a resume: Born Irving Lorenzo in Hollis, Queens, in 1971, Gotti's career in the rap industry as a producer began in the mid-'90s when he aligned himself with Mic Geronimo, a New York MC whose debut album, The Natural (1995), featured Gotti's production (as DJ Irv, his onetime moniker). Gotti's big break came when he contributed production to Reasonable Doubt (1996), Jay-Z's debut album. The album became an overnight classic, and soon Gotti's beats were in demand. He next began working with DMX, whose debut album, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998), similarly became a very influential album within the trendy rap industry. Then came Ja's debut album, Venni Vetti Vecci (1999). This album wasn't quite as successful as Jay-Z's or DMX's debuts, but it further established Gotti's hitmaking ability with unknown artists. The hits only increased with each passing year. Following Gotti's success executive producing DMX and Ja, Def Jam -- the label responsible for both artists -- granted the producer his own boutique label, Murder Inc., which Def Jam would market and distribute. This man does have a ear for hip hop music...is all i'm saying....How bad could he be for def jam...I mean what does def jame have to lose at this point?

    • TRUTH

      Don't you think you being a lil hard on Irv? LOL!! You asking "what has he done since his Murder Inc went out of buisness". I mean damn you just don't bounce back the next day after the FEDS raid your office., freeze your assests..and put you on trial. That my friends could take awhile to come back from. All I'm saying is Irv gotti has a ear and a eye for talent when it comes to hip hop. The man contributed to two classics in my opinion. He use to be a AnR for defjam. He has seen success from the buisness many people can only dream about. The man has a resume.

    • Anonymous

      murder inc went bankrupt. he gave us ja rule. jay-z and dmx woulda popped regardless. irv gotti's flagship artist was ja fuckin rule. one of the phoniest, 2pac wannabes to ever go plat. what has he done since murder inc went outta business? nothing.

  • Anonymous

    NO ID might be a homo. usually only homos run record labels. and IRV GOTTI is a FAILED business man. this is the guy that introduced ja rule and lloyd to the world. those were his latest offerings. DEF JAM is a disgrace. they fuck over every legend that made DEF JAM pop and ride the wave of talentless yes man pro homo new rappers.

  • Anonymous

    FUCK DEF JAM. ALL OF THEY're ARTISTS ARE WACK. IRV GOTTI WILL KILL THE BRAND, NO ID IS A SELLOUT.

  • YoungCosby

    Quest Love should be named president of Def Jam.

  • Anonymous

    Irv gotti will take def jam down to the ground like he did murder Inc

    • j

      yeah but def jam is already pathetic. i mean, honestly, it's one of the worst labels out. they drop nothing but bullshit. jadakiss mixtapes, rick ross compilations, rick ross albums. thats pretty much it. the def jam that gave us redman, run dmc, ll, beasties, died a long time ago. bunch of faggots up there. rap game is run by dudes that arent hip hop.

    • and1

      my thoughts the same, no way in hell he should even be considered for it

  • BELLY OF DA BEAST

    I THINK I WOULD MAKE A BETTER CHAIRMAN THEN IRV GOTTI BECAUSE HE IS A SOFT ASS R&B PROMOTIN ASS NIGGA!! DEF JAM IS GOING TO BE DESTROYED IF THEY DONT SIGN A REAL NIGGA!! THEY MIGHT AS WELL CALL IT DEF JELLY!! LOLOLOL!!!!!

    • oskamadison

      @Knowie82: 100% truth...

    • Knowie82

      Ummmm..maybe your mad young but do you know who originally brought Ja, Jay-Z, & DMX to Def Jam ????...Irv would be perfect for the job, being prez at a MAJOR label such as Def Jam means generating REVENUE, not signing acts that the public wont consume..who do you think saved Def Jam in the late 90s ???...not lyor, liles, or davis it was Irv fam

  • Hypestyle

    No Irv Gotti for me; he doesn't have the right vision. Chuck D should be named Def Jam president. He can sign some new progressive artists, and also look after re-releasing the back catalog of the past, classic Def Jam albums, which completely get ignored. He can also sign some old-school artists to "single" deals, for digital EPs, or one-shot albums.

  • do it

    I hope Irv gets the job , because i would LOVE to see the look 50 cents face when he finds out he is the head of the biggest label in rap.

    • Anonymous

      why would 50 care? he already destroyed ja rule and def jam aint what it use to be anyway he got more money than irv and ja combined

  • Frank

    Put Irv in the damn chair he'll be good for def jam!!!!!!

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