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ISLAND DEF JAM AXE STAFF AND EXPAND ‘CREATIVE TEAMS’

Via Allhiphop.com Legendary hip-hop label Def Jam went through serious downsizing last week, when over 20 employees were laid off. Over twenty staffers, along with industry executives Jonathan McHugh and Chris Hicks were dismissed from the Island Def Jam/Motown record labels. According to reports, McHugh and Hicks will continue to do consulting work for the label and other companies. The news of layoffs come almost a month after Island Def Jam CEO Barry Weiss denied a report by TheWrap, which stated the []

JAMAICA BANS SEXUALLY EXPLICIT LYRICS AND VIOLENT MUSIC FROM ISLAND’S AIRWAVES

Photo Source The Jamaican Broadcasting Commission has banned all sexually explicit music, and music that depicts violence, from the country’s airwaves. The ban went into effect on Feb. 6. It covers all songs meant to promote the act of “daggering,” a dance move that simulates sexual intercourse. The ban includes music played on both radio and television. DJs have no leeway in the ban because the songs can’t be played even if the lewd lyrics are bleeped. Continue Reading…. “The ban went []

VIDEO OF THE DAY: THE JAPANESE JUST LOVE THAT REGGAE DANCEHALL

In Japan, Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall music is HUGE!!!! And if you don’t believe me then just watch this. The footage below was filmed at an event that took place last year, in Osaka Japan. I remember back in the 90s when it was thought that if  the Reggae art form wanted to achieve international success/popularity (Like Rap/Hip Hop has) then it’s artists had to make the move to America and then sign to  major labels. Label executives (who knew nothing about the genre/culture) would then team up reggae artists with Hip Hop/R&B acts and attempt to water down []

JANET JACKSON LEAVES ISLAND DEF JAM

Producer Rodney Jerkins talks about Janet and her release from Island Def Jam. Via Rap-up.com Janet is currently touring the States playing in front of sell out audiences. She still has a die hard fan base, and is armed with a multitude of classics under her belt. She is better off going it a lone. Island Def Jam/ her beau Jermaine Dupri didn’t have a clue when it came to Janet’s career! This was made clear when Jermaine produced this crap for Janet and encouraged this ill-fated collaboration…..