Def Jam Names Joie Manda As Label President

After Irv Gotti's unsuccessful campaign for the position, Joie Manda moves from Warner Urban Music to the house that Russell Simmons built.

Def Jam has announced Joie Manda as the label's president.

In a press release revealing the news, the imprint revealed that Manda will be taking on the lead role at the legendary company. Manda, who previously served as an executive at Warner Bros. Records, acknowledged the big shoes he has to fill, as previous persons to hold the position include Jay-Z, Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles.

"Running Def Jam is the greatest challenge of my career," said Manda. "The Def Jam artist roster has always been synonymous with the greatest in hip-hop, and I intend to carry that tradition into the future."

"As we look to expand Def Jam and our creative urban music activities even further, there is no one better to lead them than Joie," said Chairman and CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Barry Weiss. "He has emerged as one of the most respected young executives in today's urban music landscape, possessing all the qualifications and experience that are essential to run Def Jam, the world's most important hip-hop destination."

Irv Gotti previously campaigned for the position, stating that the lack of a president since Hov in 2007 was disrespectful to the culture. "Def Jam, I shouldn’t even comment on it because it makes me angry because there hasn’t been a president of Def Jam since [Jay-Z], really. It’s a terrible thing because it’s so important to the culture and they’re just letting it go away, they ain’t paying no attention to it."

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  • ummmmmmm

    I cant say whether it was good or bad. I guess you would have to judge by looking at Warner. And they have don't exactly WHAT?

  • Hip-hop > Def Jam

    "Trying to escape the wicked empire of Def Jam / the land where lyrics are bland and heretics hang" In my opinion, Def Jam lost its synonymity with hip-hop after they black-balled Canibus. Those who feed of the artists couldn't stand to lose their hottest commodity. They put the money over the culture. Hip-hop has never been the same since.

  • Anonymous:

    "Trying to escape the wicked empire of Def Jam / the land where lyrics are bland and heretics hang" Def Jam lost its synonymity with hip-hop when they black-balled Bis. Those who feed off the artists couldn't stand losing their best commodity. They put the $$$ over the culture. Hip-hop's never been the same since.

  • Anonymous:

    "Trying to escape the wicked empire of Def Jam / the land where lyrics are bland and heretics hang" Def Jam lost its synonymity with hip-hop when they black-balled 'Bis. Those who feed of the artists couldn't stand losing their best commodity. They put the $$$ over the culture. Hip-hop's never been the same since.

  • The Truth

    Great Move for Def Jam. Joie Manda single handedly is responsible for bringing the whole texas/Asylum movement to the mainstream and rebuilt WMG urban roster. If anyone can help Def Jam, Joie can.

  • Anonymous

    We can all officially say that Russell stepping down as CEO of Def Jam was the worst move for the company...they havent recovered or upheld the legacy they built...I know the pioneers like LL, Red and Meth, and others are shakin they heads in dissappointment...

  • Anonymous

    another clueless fuck. def jam went from the biggest label in rap to the biggest joke. keep pumping that poison. rap and all of music fell all the way off. bunch of clueless suits living like stars as the music sinks further into the hole. support your indy artists you listen to and forget all these scheming majors looking to get rich on BS.

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  • steve b

    gtfoh def jam!!!!!

  • steve b

    it's a wrap def jam, gtfoh!!!!

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    it's a wrap def jam,gtfoh*****

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    • ummmmmmm

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  • Anonymous

    lol motherfuckers always hatin on the south but shit i dont give a fuck i only listing to houston rappers and out side that big krit fuck atl unless u luda r jeezy. but def jam was better off with irv gotti

  • Anonymous

    Let's hope he represents the real hip-hop. Real deal NYC ish None of this wack southern trap crap

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