News: Jim Jones Details VP Duties At E1 Entertainment, "We're Gonna Switch It Up" [Video]

Monday, Mar 9, 2009 3:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Byrd Gang leader Jim Jones has revealed his plans as E1's (formerly Koch Records) newly appointed Vice President of Urban A&R to change the company's past business formats.

Jim recently explained how the opportunity presented itself and his anticipation on bringing about change.

"Koch gave me my start in the game....They've seen what I've done as far as the succes with Diplomats and Byrd Gang...It's an opportunity to work over there and help them create a new business format for Koch as far as how they sign artists and looking for new artists instead of what they known for as far as giving artists that have already been out there a chance, or a last chance as people would say. We're gonna switch it up...In this game, you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. Sometimes you can negotiate more than you deserve." (iHipHop)

Jones' new position at the independent record company was decided upon last January.

KOCH Records announces the addition of Hip Hop superstar Jim Jones to its Executive staff. Jones joins the team as Vice President of Urban A&R. Under this new title, Jones will be responsible for signing and nurturing new talent to KOCH Records' urban roster. (MSNBC)

Both Jones and the company's general manager previously spoke on the power move.

Alan Grunblatt, GM, states, "Jim Jones put Koch on the map," he said in a statement. "He truly knows what it take sto make a hit record. I am thrilled to be working with him for many years to come." Jim reacted by saying, "It feels good to know that the hard work has been recognized by the same people that helped me get to this point in my career. They recognize that I'm not only an artist but a person that can smell talent and be able to mold a superstar." (Reuters)

Koch Records' name was officially changed earlier this year.

KOCH Records is changing its name to E1 Music effective immediately. E1 Entertainment, the Canadian parent company of KOCH, has announced the transition in an effort to put all of its subsidiaries under one global banner. (Press Release)

Check out Jim Jones talking about his new role at E1 Entertainment below:

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