Hip-Hop Producer J.R. Rotem Inks Deal With Epic, Launches New Label


producer Jonathan "J.R." Rotem has entered into a deal with Epic Records

and is launching his own record label, Beluga Heights, which will be run out of

Rotem's Chalice Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California. Rotem,

who produced Rihanna's #1 Billboard single "S.O.S.," Rick Ross' "Push

It" 50 Cent and Olivia's "Best Friend" and the titled track to

Game's album Doctor's Advocate. Recently

Rotem produced tracks for the likes of 50 Cent, Lil' Kim, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre

and Britney Spears. "I

think I have the ability to both make hits and help make artists," Rotem

said in a statement. "I don't want to overstate things, but I'm very excited

about my forthcoming work."The

first artist signed to the Beluga Heights is 16-year-old Miami-based rapper Sean

Kingston, who is in the studio with Rotem working on his debut album."The

deal was designed so that J.R.'s relationship to Epic will be what Dre's relationship

is to Interscope. He'll be the musical ear and face of the label," said J.R.'s

manager Zach Katz who is co-owner and CEO of the label.