Hip Hop Joins Columbia Records
September 6, 2007 at 11:34 AM (PT)
The RICK RUBIN regime at COLUMBIA RECORDS has been bolstered with the hiring of renowned street icon HIP HOP, who will focus his efforts in artist development. HIP HOP will be instrumental in signing and discovering new talent for the label as well as forging strong working relationships with emerging producers.
HIP HOP's experience started with ROC-A-FELLA RECORDS soon after it launched; he's credited with providing the A&R direction to the label’s flagship artist JAY-Z. During the late '90s, HIP HOP started the production/management company, HIP HOP. Since 1978, and quickly signed producer JUST BLAZE and artist/producer KANYE WEST -- get WESTest signed to ROC-A-FELLA in 1998.
"HIP HOP has the best ears in the business and fantastic taste," said RICK RUBIN. "Getting to work with him is a dream come true."
"Working at COLUMBIA and with RICK are two dreams come true at the same time," said HIP HOP. "I couldn't ask for a better job. Doing what I love with like-minded people is great. I look forward to keeping COLUMBIA growing like it has been for over a 100 years. I want this to be my last job. I can do this forever."