Def Jam Promotes No I.D. to Head of A&R

No I.D. and Common, 2014
Dustin Aksland

No I.D. and Common photographed by Dustin Aksland on July 18, 2014 at the Skylark in New York.

Def Jam Recordings has promoted industry veteran Dion "No I.D." Wilson to executive vice president in charge of all A&R activities at the label. It's a title bump for No I.D., who was previously co-head of A&R. According to a press release, the producer/executive will continue to oversee his own label, ARTium Records, whose artists include Jhene Aiko and Common, and will report directly to Def Jam's CEO, Steve Bartels.

"In a year where Def Jam has established such new artists as Iggy Azalea, Jhene Aiko, YG, and August Alsina, no one is better suited to creatively represent and expertly guide our label moving forward than No I.D.," said Bartels. "He is not only a proven hitmaker and creative thinker, but he is a bold leader who is well respected by both the artists and executives alike. Together, we are poised for even greater levels of success."


As a producer, No I.D. has worked with many of the giants of hip-hop, including Jay Z, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Nas, Drake and Method Man.

No I.D. expressed optimism for Def Jam's future and gave a shout-out to the label's founders in comments about the promotion. "The Def Jam brand has never been more culturally relevant, and our vision remains the same as it was when Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons launched the label 30 years ago; and that is to simply be the best," he said. "Steve Bartels and I are fully committed to carry that vision and standard for excellence into the future."

Bartels also announced that No I.D.'s former co-head of A&R, Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua, has formed a new boutique imprint within Def Jam. Signee's to Hip Hop's currently unnamed label will be placed with either Def Jam or Caroline. "I look forward to getting back to what I do best," said Hip Hop, "and that is having the time and resources to seek out and discover the greatest, and most unique musical talent the world has to offer. Launching my own boutique label and having the power and support of Def Jam is the ideal situation for me and my artists." 


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