Joie Manda soon to be President of Def Jam

Urban music vet Joie Manda has been appointed president of Universal Music Group’s Def Jam Recordings. Based in New York, Manda will report to Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Music Group chairman-CEO Barry Weiss. In a statement, Weiss said that Manda “has emerged as one of the most respected young executives in today’s urban music landscape, possessing all the qualifications and experience that are essential to run Def Jam.” Manda... Read More

Adrienne Bailon Signed to Ne Yo’s Compound

    It’s been a whirlwind few years for Adrienne Bailon. Having risen to prominence as part of R&B outfit 3LW in the early 00′s, the singer’s big break came when Disney snapped her up to front (what would become) the wildly successful Cheetah Girls. Yet, as the age old adage goes, all good things must come to an end; with that ‘end’ coming in 2008 when the Cheetah’s disbanded. And while some members struggled to find... Read More

Actress, Elise Neal, Rick Ross Ex speaks on his health issue

Actress, Elise Neal, who dated Rick Ross earlier this year, says she predicted the rapper’s health ailments, which now have Ross hospitalized. “I hate to say this, but I saw this coming,” she told “I think they’re pushing him too hard.” While she didn’t specify, the interview alluded to his record label Def Jam and entourage. ”They don’t think about him or his health, pushing him to do all these videos, pushing tours... Read More

Jay Z & Russell Simmons discuss America and economic state Jay Z – “I would pay more taxes to help with education and healthcare for the undeserved.”

Jay-Z has done it again! Last night, GlobalGrind’s bossman, Russell Simmons, after an amazing event with Rick Rubin at the New York Public Library celebrating the 25 years of Def Jam Recordings, hit up The Spotted Pig restaurant in New York City to celebrate with the entire Def Jam crew. The “Watch The Throne” superstar joined Russell and company at dinner and during dinner admitted to Russell something that puts him in the ranks... Read More

Updates on Jay-Z’s new album

On to the next one. With Watch the Throne still selling like hotcakes, JAY-Z is already working on some new material. Not one to rest on his laurels, Andy WarHov has been busy laying down new tracks for another album, according to newly appointed Def Jam Executive Vice-President of A&R, No I.D. “He played me a couple of things,” says No I.D. I gave him some music while we were at the ‘Watch The Throne’ sessions. But with... Read More

Rick Ross Set To Sign New Deal … But With Who?

While the news that rapper Rick Ross has entered into the realm of record label CEO surfaced some time ago, many fans wondered aloud which of the major players out there would join forces with Rozay’s Maybach Music Group. In an attempt to end all speculation, Ross called in to MTV News personally to share with us who the budding mogul intends to align with in this next step of his smoking hot career – but the Deeper Than Rap star isn’t... Read More

Nas Going To Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music?

Did you hear this one? I got a very nice tip from somebody inside the music game…a freakin’ phone call! Who does that in 2011? Anyway, the word on the street is that Nas is going to head on over to G.O.O.D. Music, the home of Kanye West, Mos Def, Common, CyHi and a bunch of other talented mofos. Not sure where this started, but what do you think about it? Also, on the flip side, I heard that Nas may not be releasing his next... Read More

XXL's Break Down Of Female Rap Debuts

As the newest female MC, Nicki Minaj has had hip-hop’s attention since the release of her debut LP, Pink Friday (Young Money/Universal Records). Featuring guest appearances from Eminem, Rihanna, Drake and Kanye West, the project was one of the most anticipated rap albums of 2010. Minaj’s comparisons to other women rhyme slingers caused XXL to feel a bit nostalgic, so we looked back at 10 important female rappers’ debut albums to see how Pink... Read More

Kanye & Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne Drops 11/23?

Per an inside source, Ye and Jay’s collaborative EP, Watch The Throne, is scheduled to drop on November 23rd, 2010. Rumor has it the EP will be released via Def Jam, but I have no confirmation at this time. Also, I’ve been told the first official single is “Monster”, with the second single coming in two weeks. There are also plans to shoot a video for “Monster” in the very near future. Details as they become available… Source Update.  Read More