Young Jeezy has already taken over the streets and now he has plans for the boardroom. On Wednesday (Aug. 8), the Snowman rapper was named senior vice president of A&R at Atlantic Records.
“From the streets to the Boardroom. SVP of A&R at Atlantic Records I am. Let’s Get it!” the platinum ATL rapper announced.
Before Jeezy acknowledged the move, the rapper’s production head DJ Folk gave a co-sign to the news.
@_vaun: Young Jeezy is now the Senior VP of A&R over at Atlantic Records. Woah.
— Folk the Facilitator (@DJFolk) August 9, 2012
According to reports, Jeezy will remain on the Def Jam roster. The ATL-based MC first came to prominence as the leader of the Southern Trap music movement, with his debut album Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. He has since evolved into a hit maker. Jeezy’s recent “Leave You Alone,” featuring R&B crooner Ne-Yo, peaked at no. 3 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Young Jeezy is not the first act to be given a high-ranking record label post. In 2004, Jay-Z was named president of Def Jam, a post he left in late 2007. And the aforementioned Ne-Yo was named Senior Vice President of A&R of Motown this year.
Back in April, the singer explained what it was like to be an artist and executive.
“There’s a whole advantage being an executive as an artist,” Ne-Yo said. “As I’m learning to dance, they are being patient with me in the process… I feel like they gave me the job because they feel like I know something about music—and I feel the same way.” –Keith Murphy, CBS Local