Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua & Dion “No I.D.” Wilson Named Co-Heads Of A&R At Def Jam

(AllHipHop News) As Def Jam continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the iconic Hip Hop label is undergoing major changes. Universal Music Group has announced that Def Jam, Island, and Motown Records will now operate as stand-alone labels.

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Besides the breakup of the Island Def Jam Music Group, other switches have taken place in the front offices as well. Former president and COO Steve Bartels is now the CEO of Def Jam. Longtime rap music insiders Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua and Dion “No I.D.” Wilson were named as executive vice presidents and co-heads of A&R of the company.

“At the heart of these great companies is the vision and creative instincts of a team of passionate professionals,” said UMG chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge. “At UMG, our labels are empowered to be entrepreneurial and take creative risks. By re-establishing Def Jam, Island and Motown as stand-alone labels within the UMG family, we’re positioning them to recapture the uniqueness of their brands and serve artists with the singularity of vision, focus and creativity that was at the core of their original success.”

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11 Responses to “Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua & Dion “No I.D.” Wilson Named Co-Heads Of A&R At Def Jam”

  1. Loch121

    i don’t get what this means.They’re separating them but they’re still in the UMG family?How?I guess I don’t fully understand the relationship between those labels and UMG.I thought they distributed them? So I assume if they’re still in the family,they still get distribution ,so what changed?

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      i think what they are saying…. UMG wont interfere with DefJams interworkings anymore …. more like the final say stops @ def jam … it doesnt need to go further up the chain …. but this might be a good thing for defjam … not the whole UMG seperation thing …. but having HIP HOP and NO ID as the heads over there …. altho imo they deserve a much bigger positions like President and CCO … but that might be thier next step especially if they bring more talent to the game like Kanye, Common and continue to bless us with that soulful production ….

      • TheAfroRican

        I agree with you about NO ID and HIP HOP deserving bigger positions. NO ID proved he can run a label. He helped established G.O.O.D. Music, plus he’s having a good start with his Atrium label.

      • Truth Powell

        clearly you don’t know who I am. I’ve known who he is for years. Now if someone like DJ Premier or KRS ONE was called “hiphop” that would be more fitting.

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