No I.D. appointed executive vice president of Def Jam
Grammy award-winning producer No I.D. has been appointed executive vice president of A&R for Def Jam Records, the label announced Tuesday.
The Roc Nation producer, who’s worked with Kanye West, Jay-Z, Common, Kid Cudi, Rick Ross and Drake, has also signed an exclusive label deal for his Artium Recordings that will be distributed by Def Jam.
“No I.D. is one of the hottest and most well-respected hip-hop producers of our era," Barry Weiss, chairman and chief executive of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown, said in a statement. "His years of mentoring and developing artists in the studio should serve him perfectly in his new A&R role and will surely help take Def Jam to the next level."
“I’m proud of the success I’ve had with so many of the great artists and songwriters at Def Jam,” the producer said in a statement. “The Def Jam brand is cultural and iconic, and I'm excited to be working closely with the artists, Barry, Karen [Kwak, executive vice president and head of A&R for Island Def Jam Music Group] and the team in what promises to be an incredible new phase in my career.”
No I.D. became known as the “Godfather of Chicago hip-hop” after shaping the bulk of Common’s early albums. He has reunited with the rapper for his upcoming album, “The Dreamer, The Believer.” Earlier this summer, the producer released the acclaimed “The Pursuit EP” from his Cocaine 80s collective.
He will report directly to Weiss and Kwak.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: No I.D. Credit: Courtesy of Roc Nation