Def Jam Names New CEO Following Snoop Dogg Hire

 Def Jam Recordings is making major changes to its

operations by appointing Tunji Balogun as the label’s new

Tunji Balogun as CEO, Variety reports.

Tunji Balogun served as RCA Records’ executive vice

president of A&R after initially joining as senior vice

president of A&R in 2015. During his time at the label, he

was instrumental in signing the likes of Childish

Gambino, Khalid, Brockhampton and Bryson Tiller, while

co-founding Keep Cool Records in a joint venture with

RCA in 2018. Its roster includes Freddie Gibbs & Madlib,

Normani, Lucky Daye, VanJess and UMI.


Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg was the previous CEO

at Def Jam between 2018 and 2020, with Jeffrey

Harleston working as the interim CEO following his



Early in his career, Tunji Balogun was an intern at

Warner Bros. Records (now Warner Records) and Virgin

Records before spending seven-and-a-half years at

Interscope Records as an A&R. During a 2018 interview

with A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad and

Frannie Kelley on the Microphone Check podcast, he

talked about the responsibility of creating opportunities

in the label system.

“I’m doing my best, and I’m trying to pull up more people

with me, on both sides, the artist side, executive side,” he

said at the time. “Trying to create opportunities for as

many talented creatives as I can. I feel like that’s my role.

There was a reason why I didn’t end up becoming an

artist. It was so that I could go into the system and clear a

path for more people. And that’s super important to me. I

don’t take it lightly.”


He added, “This music matters. There are kids out there

around the world that depend on this music to get

through their day, to have a better sense of themselves,

and to just stay inspired.



“They did all types of shit I wanted to be a part of — and

then Death Row happened,” Snoop Dogg said upon the

announcement. “So, I didn’t get a chance to be on Def

Jam, but I always had a dream to be on Def Jam and to be

in the place where Hip Hop originated.”


He continued, “So when I got the opportunity, my main

focus on Def Jam Records was to go and help the artists,

give them love, give them wisdom, guidance and

understanding, and teach them some tricks I learned in

the game; to diversify their portfolio, to not just be

rappers, to not just be artists but to be superstars,

superheroes, so to speak.” Congratulation’s Tunji

Balogun and welcome to Def Jam.


Source: Tyshawn Smith

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