With Westside Gunn‘s retirement from the music game on the horizon, he’s already mapping out his next move. The Griselda Records frontman took to Twitter on Thursday night (October 22) to make his case to be the next leader of Def Jam Records.
“I WANNA RUN @defjam and I’m actually OVER qualified,” he claimed.
I WANNA RUN @defjam and I’m actually OVER qualified
— WESTSIDEGUNN (@WESTSIDEGUNN) October 23, 2020
Def Jam’s president position has remained vacant in the interim ever since Eminem’s longtime manager Paul Rosenberg stepped down in February. He was running the label since 2018. We’ve seen artists at the helm in the past, as JAY-Z held a stint from 2005 to 2007.
50 Cent lobbied for the position with a hint of his usual trolling antics shortly after Rosenberg’s departure earlier this year.
“I have decided to take the job at Def Jam,” he wrote to Twitter. “Somebody gotta do it, who better than me?”
— 50cent (@50cent) March 2, 2018
The Buffalo native could possibly be taking a page out of Kanye West’s book when attempting to speak certain ideas into existence. Westside has developed a friendship with Yeezy, as he and the Griselda gang made a trip out to Wyoming to visit Kanye’s ranch in 2020.
Praying that one day we’ll have 7 track, Kanye produced Wyoming projects from each member of Griselda🙏 pic.twitter.com/bkPra6qwwk
— B🎃UND 3🕸🍂 (@boundaveli) October 19, 2020
WG unleashed his anticipated Shady Records debut WHO MADE THE SUNSHINE at the top of October, which served as his third project released in 2020.
The album’s versatile guest list saw features from Griselda artists Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine and Armani Caeser, as well as the likes of the legendary Slick Rick, Black Thought, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss and more.
Revisit WHO MADE THE SUNSHINE below.