Mike Elizondo, responsible for producing and co-writing songs for a bevy of artists – Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay-Z, D-12, Busta Rhymes, Xzibit, Obie Trice, Nate Dogg, Nelly Furtado, Pink, and others – is moving into a new role in the music industry.
Hollywoodreporter.com has revealed that Elizondo, whose biggest hits include Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady” and 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” has joined Warner Bros. Records as a staff producer and Senior VP of A&R.
Rob Cavallo, now a Warner Bros. Records chairman, recently held the position now filled by Elizondo. “Mike’s raw talent is a perfect fit,” said Cavallo. “He just had a No. 1 country record with Carrie Underwood, we just had a big success with Avenged Sevenfold, which he produced. He does heavy metal, pop, rock, Hip Hop — the guy can do anything!”
“There’s a great tradition here at Warner Bros. Records, which established the staff producer philosophy early on, where they could sign stuff and go into the studio and bring to fruition a vision to really help the artist,” Cavallo added. “And at the same time, the artists have a producer with both feet in the label so they’re always aware of what the current landscape is like.”
Elizondo is the latest in a series of hires mean to restructure Warner Bros’ A&R team, an initiative spurred by label CEO Lyor Cohen.