Veteran hip-hop producer to serve as exec vp of A&R
Island Def Jam Motown, and Karen Kwak, the newly elevated exec VP-head of A&R of Island Def Jam Music Group (Daily Variety, Aug. 23). The Chicago-born producer has worked on such recent high-profile rap ventures as Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint 3″ and Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” He has also worked with stars such as Rihanna, Rick Ross, Drake, Method Man, Nas and Common. He produced Common’s breakthrough work and mentored West early in his career.
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