Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label inks deal with Def Jam
Kanye West’s independent record label G.O.O.D. Music has inked a “long-term worldwide label agreement” with the Island Def Jam Music Group.
The first release under the new agreement announced Monday will be West’s 22-year-old protégé Big Sean. The buzzy rapper, who had a plum performance slot alongside Chris Brown on Sunday’s BET Awards, will release his debut, “Finally Famous,” on Tuesday. The disc is executive-produced by West.
“G.O.O.D. Music is an exciting new chapter in the long and successful association of Kanye West and Island Def Jam,” Barry Weiss, chairman and chief executive of Universal Motown Republic Group and Island Def Jam Music Group, said in a statement. “As a recording artist and a producer over the past eight years, there is no one who has made a greater impression on the game than Kanye. We look forward to working closely with the new and established artists that he will be bringing to G.O.O.D. Music, which is already off to an impressive start with Big Sean.”
The deal will include artists such as Big Sean, the Clipse’s Pusha T and any new signings to G.O.O.D. Music releasing its music through Def Jam. It will not include prior artists John Legend, Kid Cudi and Mr. Hudson, a rep for Def Jam said. West will continue to release his music through Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Kanye West arrives at the CFDA Fashion awards at the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City on June 6. Credit: Andrew Kelly / Reuters