News: Irv Gotti Loses Presidency Bid, Def Jam Fills Executive Void

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 4:46PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Former Murder Inc. CEO Irv Gotti can stop his Def Jam presidency campaign as the iconic record label finally fills in the executive position with industry veteran Joie Manda.

The announcement was officially made via statement Wednesday (March 14) by Island Def Jam CEO/Chairman Barry Weiss.

"As we look to expand Def Jam and our creative urban music activities even further, there is no one better to lead them than Joie," said Mr. Weiss. "He 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, the world's most important hip-hop destination. The entire Def Jam family looks forward to working closely with Joie as he puts his unique imprint on the next chapter in the label's storied and successful history." (Statement)

No rookie to the music industry, Manda's last executive run was with Warner Bros. Records.

Mr. Manda comes to Def Jam from Warner Bros. Records, a division of Warner Music Group (WMG), where he served as head of Urban Music since September 2010 and was involved in the signing of Common, Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group (Wale, Meek Mill), Waka Flocka Flame and Jill Scott, among others. He started at WMG as Executive Vice President of Asylum Records, starting when the label was revived in 2004 and signed Paul Wall and Bun B. Mr. Manda began his career in music as an artist manager. (Market Watch)

In January, Irv Gotti discussed the buzz over his Def Jam presidency campaigning.

"It caused a buzz, and I want people to know I didn't start the whole 'Irv Gotti for president' thing; the people did," the former Def Jam A&R told MTV News as he walked the red carpet at the reopening of Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in Manhattan last week. "It was a crazy thing, and it was all good." It doesn't seem like Def Jam brass will put Irv in the big chair, but Gotti is appreciative of the support he has gotten from the hip-hop community. "Everybody was riding. It was a lot of love," he said last week. "Everybody felt what I was saying and was riding." (MTV)

Gotti previously offered his take on why Def Jam was in dire need of a president.

"Def Jam ain't f*cking with me, I'm too much of a n*gga," Gotti said in an interview. "Yeah. [laughs] As quoted. I mean, Def Jam, I shouldn't even comment on it because it gets me angry because there hasn't been a president since [Jay-Z], really. It's a terrible thing because it's so important to the culture and it's like they're just letting it go away, they ain't paying any attention to it. I'm from Hollis, Queens so Def Jam was my inspiration to have Murder Inc. and just for them to not have no one being president there, even after we hoot and hollered, I wanted it so bad, not even for the money or nothing. I just love the culture and Def Jam is the light of the culture. So to have no one there, the powers that be don't care. They don't care about my culture. I don't want to talk about it. Please retract the n*gga statement." (The Source)

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