The Right Man For The Job

Well, well. It looks like the "Rebel Without A Pause" is throwing his hat into the now-vacant Def Jam President position. Seeing as though Chuck D, with Public Enemy, brought Def Jam so much success and acclaim during the late 80s/early 90s, he seems like the definite candidate. As per AHH, he is wanting to run this label like a sports team:
1) Being ahead of the technology curve; preparing for a thinned out industry; and managing budget efficient acts is very noteworthy of my resume which is simple. I told these cats the online revolution was coming and they needed big adjustments. They relied on lawyers, courts, and accountants only to now look upward at Apple, etc.

2) Their cost factors didn't fit the times, I come from a world where the $50,000 investments resulted into 6 - 7 figures. Now it's a business where 7 figures are invested to make 6.

3) I would run it like sports. These artists would be busting their tails on tour and
on the stage to gain a fan. They would be coached on how to do their thing right. Braintrust will be high, and subcontracting to the right contributors will be comparable of the efficiency of these labels like Jazz and catalog departments. You cannot have people working, that haven't the slightest clue of what they are in the middle of.

4) Any criminal mindedness in artistry, and management would have sit this one out, go their own way. It's like bad apples the long run ain't got nothing to do with entertainment. You can't mix the stage and off stage parodies.

If that ain't what needs to be done, I don't know what does. I doubt his chances, in today's Industry Rap climate, but his voice is necessary. He surely has my vote.

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