Kanye West’s creative house DONDA enters into partnership with Roc Nation to manage all DONDA Music.
The partnership will focus on Mr. West’s international recording brand and worldwide touring ventures.
A multi-discipline design and content company, DONDA saw its early beginnings seeded by the 2009 footwear collaboration with fashion house Louis Vuitton. That collaboration spurred demand for Mr. West’s design sensibilities with fashion and apparel brands around the globe, including Nike and Adidas. DONDA continues its influence in the world of apparel: two versions of the Nike AIR YEEZY – each of which has sold out worldwide in just minutes – two celebrated capsule lines with Parisian brand A.P.C. – also instantly sold-out – and the highly-anticipated new line with Adidas, slated to debut this fall. Read more…
DEF JAM RECORDINGS CELEBRATES HISTORIC 30th ANNIVERSARY
RICK RUBIN AND RUSSELL SIMMONS JOIN FORCES WITH
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP TO HONOR 30th ANNIVERSARY YEAR
(January 29, 2014 – New York, NY) – Universal Music Group will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Def Jam Recordings, the label credited with spreading rap music from an underground phenomenon to a worldwide movement, all year long along with Def Jam founders Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons.
Hip-hop – and its most definitive voice, Def Jam – has been an astonishingly tireless engine of change in American and global culture. For 30 years, the greatest names in the history of hip-hop – from LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys to Rihanna and Kanye West, from Public Enemy to Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Ludacris, The Roots, Nas and dozens more – have made Def Jam Recordings the ultimate destination for urban artists around the world. Today’s stellar Def Jam roster includes an even wider range of artists from Frank Ocean to August Alsina to Big Sean, Jhene Aiko and 2 Chainz.
THE YEEZUS TOUR CONTINUES WITH FEBRUARY NORTHEAST RUN
“There was a mountain onstage, but Mr. West made it look small…at the middle of it all was a man not lost in the rhythms of an arena spectacle, but alive in the moment, his every breath a thunderstorm.” – The New York Times
“Brilliant…the current Yeezus tour is more than just a concert. It’s an extravaganza of music and theater… a combination which makes [Kanye] the most fascinating musical figure of our time and makes this tour an unmissable spectacle.” – New York Post
“Watching Kanye West perform…I felt roughly the same exhilaration as the sixteen-year-old I was standing next to…is there anyone like Kanye now? Has there ever been? No. ‘Yeezus’ felt like the album of the year months ago; now the year just feels like it belongs to West. Or, more accurately, the moment keeps being his.” – The New Yorker
“There are very few modern artists with the kind of vision, ambition, and means to execute it as Kanye West right now…a distinct statement of his combined artistic ambition, penchant for excess, and desire to simply outdo every other entertainer out right now.” – The Seattle Times
KANYE WEST TO DEBUT “BOUND 2″ VIDEO ON ELLEN TODAY, NOVEMBER 19TH
THE YEEZUS TOUR RESUMES; BROOKLYN & MSG ON DECK THIS WEEK
“There are very few modern artists with the kind of vision, ambition, and means to execute it as Kanye West right now.a distinct statement of his combined artistic ambition, penchant for excess, and desire to simply outdo every other entertainer out right now.” – Seattle Times
“Awe-inspiring.West’s energy level was extraordinary.truly electrifying.The stage as imagined and executed by West was truly something to behold.” - Rolling Stone
NOVEMBER 18, 2013 – NEW YORK, NY - Kanye West will debut the music video for ’Bound 2‘ on daytime powerhouse The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Marking the second time Ellen has premiered a Kanye West video – “Love Lockdown” debuted on the Ellen Show in 2008 – the video launch coincides with the Northeast leg of West‘s acclaimed Yeezus Tour, with the tour making stops in Brooklyn, Washington DC and New York City’s legendary Madison Square Garden throughout the week. Read more…
THE YEEZUS TOUR WILL RESUME ITS SCHEDULED ROUTING ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH AT THE WELLS FARGO CENTER IN PHILADELPHIA, PA.
THE CHICAGO, TORONTO, AND DETROIT DATES HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED (SEE RESCHEDULED DATES BELOW).
DUE TO ROUTING LOGISTICS, THE VANCOUVER, DENVER, COLUMBUS, MONTREAL, MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. LOUIS SHOWS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.
PUSHA T’s HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOLO DEBUT, MY NAME IS MY NAME, SET TO ARRIVE OCTOBER 8TH ON G.O.O.D. MUSIC/DEF JAM!
PUSHA T’s HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOLO DEBUT, MY NAME IS MY NAME, SET TO ARRIVE OCTOBER 8TH ON G.O.O.D. MUSIC/DEF JAM!
FEATURING GUESTS SHOTS BY RICK ROSS, THE-DREAM, YOUNG JEEZY & CHRIS BROWN – PRODUCERS INCLUDE KANYE WEST, PHARRELL WILLIAMS, HUDSON MOHAWK, SWIZZ BEATZ, AND OTHERS !
Grammy(r) nominated, multi-platinum G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam artist Pusha T, the secret weapon behind best-selling jams from hip-hop’s biggest names, will release his official full-length solo debut album, MY NAME IS MY NAME, on October 8TH. Producers on the album include G.O.O.D. Music architect Kanye West, Pusha’s mentor Pharrell Williams, Hudson Mohawk, Swizz Beatz, and others, with guest appearances by fellow Def Jam artists Rick Ross, The-Dream and Young Jeezy. Chris Brown guests as well. Read more…
KANYE WEST ANNOUNCES THE YEEZUS TOUR: 7-WEEK, 23-CITY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH KENDRICK LAMAR OPENING OCT. 19th IN SEATTLE
KANYE WEST ANNOUNCES 7-WEEK, 23-CITY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, OPENING OCT. 19th IN SEATTLE, PRESENTED BY AEG LIVE
TICKETS FOR THE YEEZUS TOUR GO ON SALE STARTING FRIDAY, SEP. 13th
KANYE TO BE JOINED BY KENDRICK LAMAR
YEEZUS, KANYE’s 8th STUDIO ALBUM, REIGNS AS THE MOST CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM OF 2013
“The stage is where Kanye’s brilliant vision is laid bare…in front of innovative video productions and entrancing stage sets…a synapse-sizzling light show has been guaranteed to raise the room’s collective heart rate…” – Rolling Stone
(September 6, 2013 – New York, NY) 21-time Grammy Award®-winner (and 52-time Grammy® nominee) Kanye West will return to the road this fall for THE YEEZUS TOUR – a 23-city North American tour presented by AEG Live – in support of his gold album YEEZUS, the most critically acclaimed new album of 2013 and the 6th consecutive #1 album of his storied career. West – a legendary live performer – combines state-of-the-art staging, production, and lighting design with his unmatched aesthetic, visionary creative mind, and an increasingly impressive catalogue of hits spanning his decade-long career. To date, Kanye West has sold over 21 Million albums and over 66 Million digital tracks worldwide. Read more…
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 – Nigerian rapper, DanO, is scheduled to perform during the One Mic One Night Talent Showcase, on October 5th, at 7:00P.M.
KANYE WEST SET TO MAKE HISTORY WITH SEVENTH VMA PERFORMANCE
WEST’S “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD” TO MARK TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE “2013 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS”
STAGE LIVE FROM BROOKLYN’S BARCLAYS CENTER ON AUGUST 25 AT 9:00PM ET/PT
Fresh Off the Critically-Acclaimed Release of the #1 Groundbreaking Album, Yeezus, West Set To Tie Madonna for Most VMA Performances
1-Hour Block of Kanye Music Videos and Performances Airing on MTV Hits and MTV Jams today from 4-5pm ET/PT
New York, NY (August 5, 2013) - MTV announced today via its various social media platforms that megastar Kanye West is set to perform on the “2013 MTV Video Music Awards” stage LIVE from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on August 25 at 9:00pm ET/PT. Following his performance of “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD,” – from the acclaimed, controversial #1 album YEEZUS – Kanye will triumphantly enter the history books by tying Madonna as the artist with the most VMA performances. Both artists have notched performances at seven separate VMAs. In celebration of the forthcoming performance and feat, MTV Jams, MTV’s 24-hour hip-hop music channel and MTV Hits, MTV’s 24-hour music channel, will feature an hour block of Kanye West videos and performances from 4-5pm ET/PT. On Wednesday morning, MTV’s AMTV will feature playlist of Kayne videos and performances. The announcement was made today from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and shared across MTV’s social channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine. Read more…
BIG SEAN DEBUTS STUNNING NEW VIDEO FOR ‘HALL OF FAME’ STANDOUT TRACK “FIRE”
VIDEO STARS MILEY CYRUS, DIRECTED BY MATTHEW WILLIAMS FOR DONDA
HALL OF FAME IN STORES AUGUST 27 ON G.O.O.D. MUSIC/DEF JAM RECORDINGS
“The Detroit rapper has grown…into something way more formidable, someone who’s leveled up from quick-hitting, quotable bursts into someone who can carry the ball on his own. “Fire”, from Sean’s forthcoming Hall of Fame LP, is a vibrant, pillowy piece of Graduation-style production that finds Sean in total control of his surroundings.” – PITCHFORK
(August 2, 2013 – New York, NY) Big Sean’s legions of fans have ignited the web for the hotly anticipated video premiere of the autobiographical “Fire,” the brand new advance track from HALL OF FAME, the Detroit rapper’s long-awaited second album, due in stores on August 27th on G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings. Beautifully striking, haunting visuals epitomize the “Fire” video, which stars Miley Cyrus, and was directed by Matthew Williams for DONDA. Read more…
MULTIPLE GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING WORDSMITH AND RADIO KILLA/DEF JAM RECORDING ARTIST THE-DREAM,
NEW ALBUM ‘IV PLAY’ ON MAY 28
The-Dream has written #1 Songs for Mariah Carey, Rihanna, and Beyonce
Credits also include songs written and produced for Celine Dion,
Lionel Richie, Kanye West and many more, resulting in over
100 million albums sold worldwide. Read more…
by Ryan Mack
With all the media chatter about “Kim-YE” I thought it appropriate to discuss our own personal relationships. Yes…we all know that Kim and Kanye West are both multimillionaires, but do you know
the financial picture of the person you are dating?
Money should never be a divider in relationships yet the majority of all divorces are due to disagreements over financial matters. Why is this? It is my contention it is not the financial irresponsibility itself, because many of us including myself have made financial mistakes. However, it is the SURPRISE of that additional bank account loaded with money that was kept secret, that unknown poor credit score, or that irresponsible shopping addiction that causes financial turmoil and arguments in a relationship.
How do we solve this?
First, let me demonstrate a critical point by telling you this story: There was a little boy who saw an elderly man sitting on a bench with a dog. The little boy walked up to the man and said,
“Hey old man…does your dog bite?” Read more…
JESUS PIECE, THE GAME’S FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM, SET FOR DECEMBER 11 RELEASE ON INTERSCOPE RECORDS
JESUS PIECE PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE TODAY ON THE iTUNES STORE
November 19, 2012 – On December 11, GRAMMY®-nominated, multi-Platinum artist The Game will release his fifth album, Jesus Piece (Interscope Records), and celebrate with an intimate show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Jesus Piece, which includes numerous high profile features, follows 2011′s The R.E.D. Album – the Compton-bred MC’s third album to debut atop the Billboard 200. Read more…
THE-DREAM REACTS TO FAN DEMANDS WITH LONG-AWAITED RELEASE OF 1977 ALBUM, TO ARRIVE IN STORES DEC. 18th ON RADIO KILLA/DEF JAM RECORDINGS
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM ORIGINALLY ISSUED FOR FREE ON THE INTERNET IN 2011, UNDER THE-DREAM’s NAME, TERIUS NASH
(Nov. 14, 2012 – New York, NY) New and old die-hard fans of three-time Grammy Award®-winning Radio Killa/Def Jam recording artist The-Dream, who also serves as Executive Vice President of A&R, Def Jam Recordings, will be thrilled at today’s announcement of the long-awaited official commercial release of 1977, his deeply introspective and highly controversial fourth album. 1977 will finally arrive in stores on December 18th. Read more…
FROM FINALLY FAMOUS TO THE HALL OF FAME: BIG SEAN PREMIERES NEW SINGLE “GUAP” & ANNOUNCES DEC. 18TH RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM HALL OF FAME
“GUAP” BLASTS OFF AT RADIO, UKNOWBIGSEAN.COM, AND AROUND THE WORLD – THURSDAY, OCT. 25th, 7:00 p.m. (ET) !
COUNTDOWN BEGINS TO DEC. 18th RELEASE OF HALL OF FAME, SECOND ALBUM FOR G.O.O.D. MUSIC/DEF JAM RECORDINGS
BIG SEAN ON FIRE AT RADIO WITH SMASH CRUEL SUMMER SINGLES “CLIQUE” & “MERCY,” HOT 100 MONSTER “AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME” WITH JUSTIN BIEBER; DETROIT MIXTAPE & RED-HOT STREET RECORD “BURN” Read more…
THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS SOUNDTRACK AND SCORE IN STORES NOW
The Black Keys and RZA Unleash New Music Video: “The Baddest Man Alive”
The Action-Adventure Feature Film Hits Theaters on November 2, 2012
(New York, NY) – The much highly anticipated soundtrack The Man With The Iron Fists via Soul Temple Records/STAX/RED Distribution hit stores today. Rare set of movie-inspired music that’s actually worth paying attention to…”praised SPIN Magazine. Just as impressed, Entertainment Weekly said, “The soundtrack is pretty badass.” Read more…
“SOLID” Available for National Voter Registration Day 9/25/12
West Coast Based Hip-Hop Collective ‘The Rej3ctz’ Release New Single ‘Solid’ featuring President Obama & Michelle Obama to Raise Youth Awareness of the 2012 Election
LOS ANGELES , CALIF. , September 24, 2012— Emerging hip-hop superstars Mowii, Pee W33 and Bounc3 of the REJ3CTZ take a political stance to raise awareness of current issues affecting America and its international relations with the release of their socially conscious and patriotic song/visual presentation “SOLID” featuring highlights from the recent campaign speeches of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention. In time for National Voter Registration Day 9/25/12, the REJ3CTZ hope “SOLID” increases focus on the 2012 elections, especially among younger voters. The song will be featured on their highly anticipated mixtape “THE CR33ZTAPE: Rated R” hosted by the LA Leakers JustinCredible and DJ Sourmilk releasing late September 2012. Read more…
Director Ice-T’s Critically-Lauded Documentary “Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap” Now Available To Pre-Order On iTunes
Director Ice-T’s Critically-lauded Documentary “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap” Now Available To Pre-order on iTunes
Exclusive to iTunes Extras – Public Enemy’s Chuck D Outtake
G.O.O.D. MUSIC OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER 4TH RELEASE DATE FOR CRUEL SUMMER ALBUM; NEW SINGLE “NEW GOD FLOW” AVAILABLE NOW!
G.O.O.D. MUSIC OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER 4TH RELEASE DATE FOR CRUEL SUMMER ALBUM AS PLATINUM SINGLE “MERCY” REIGNS AT #1 FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WEEK
NEW SINGLE “NEW GOD FLOW” FEATURING KANYE WEST & PUSHA T AVAILABLE NOW!
“Cruel Summer’ is undeniably one of the most anticipated albums of the summer…” – Billboard
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August 10th-13th, 2012
Core DJs Mixshow HOT PICKS (7/2/12):
** Alicia Keys – New Day (RCA)
** DJ Drama f/ 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, & Jeremih - My Moment (Aphilliates/eOne)
** Wish – Used To Love You (Glitterati/Digiwaxx/RCA)
1. What do you feel are the most important qualities and/or qualifications to be a successful producer and/or engineer?
Well,talent helps, but the things beyond that which will help you become successful are drive, focus, work ethic, business ethic, trustworthiness, personality. Rarely do I meet a successful person in the music industry without all of these traits, at least most of them.
2. You’ve worked and work with some heavyweights in the industry (Kanye West, Heavy D, Aaron Hall, Eminem, Rick Ross, Drake, Jay-Z, etc.), how is your approach to work when working with such esteemed artists as opposed to, maybe, lesser known artists? Are there any specific techniques some are required to be done in order to satisfy the overall production of the record and/or project? Read more…