The rumors have been swirling, and now the big news has been confirmed. After going without a president since the end of 2007, when Jay-Z stepped down from the role, Def Jam Recordings has finally filled the position. Joie Manda has been chosen to take over the spot as the new president of the iconic label. Manda was previously the head of Urban Media at Warner Music Group, working with acts such as Gucci Mane, Common, Waka Flocka Flame, and Maybach Music.
In a press release, Manda explained, "Running Def Jam is the greatest challenge of my career. The Def Jam artist roster has always been synonymous with the greatest in hip-hop, and I intend to carry that tradition into the future."
Barry Weiss, the Chariman and CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam, expressed his confidence in Joie's ability to take on the responsibility, saying, "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. 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."