Ernest Dion Wilson, better known as No I.D., got his start as a DJ, producer, and rapper; he released a solo album, Accept Your Own and Be Yourself (The Black Album), in 1997, and became famous for his production work with Common (“I Used to Love H.E.R.”), among others. Wilson acted as a mentor to a young Kanye West, introducing him to Roc-A-Fella A&R Kyambo Joshua. After serving as president of West’s G.O.O.D. Music label until 2011, he became executive vice president of A&R for Def Jam, and announced his joint venture label deal with Def Jam called ARTium Recordings. Since then, Wilson has been responsible for signing artists like Jhené Aiko, Common, and Vince Staples. Wilson said of Aiko’s 2014 debut album: “The immediate success of Souled Out confirms our belief in Jhené as the flagship artist of ARTium/Def Jam.”