Even though he was appointed president of Def Jam last year, Joie Manda is stepping down from his position and moving to Los Angeles to be president of Urban Music at Interscope Records. The move to Los Angeles is due to personal reasons but he still has a very prestigious position in the music industry working for Interscope. Here’s Manda’s official statement about the situation.
“Despite having to move back to Los Angeles for personal reasons, I am truly grateful to Barry, John and Jimmy Iovine (Chairman & CEO, Interscope Geffen A&M) for this exciting new opportunity. I’ve learned a lot from Barry in the last year and am very appreciative of everything he has done for me. I am now looking forward to being part of the Interscope family, a company uniquely positioned for success despite this challenging marketplace.”
Ever since the release of “The Yellow Album”, Dom Kennedy has been making a lot of noise in the music industry. He was recently interviewed by the Mambo Morning show and said that he’s been approached by both MMG and Interscope. Both labels didn’t throw out the offer he was looking for so Dom is still waiting on that perfect deal. Here’s the full interview…
Even though Yelawolf might have some issues with his label because they won’t push his music, being at Shady/Interscope lands you deals like this one we have here. His song “Good to Go” is being used in a new Champs Sports commercial which should be hitting your TVs very soon. Even though his other stuff might not be getting as much press, this is a great look for Yelawolf.
The Game recently spoke to XXL Magazine on the name of his fifth album which will be called F.I.V.E. Fear is Victory’s Evoltion. Here is what he had to say about it.
“The meaning behind that is like—me as a rapper, you as a journalist, Kobe as a basketball player—you gotta be afraid to do something, or have those butterflies in your stomach. We all get that feeling. Before you did your first interview, you probably was like, ‘Damn, I don’t want to ask the wrong questions. I want to do this right.’ Me, before I wrote my first rap, or the first time I was in the booth. Fear. But then fear is victory’s evolution. After a while, you become a dope journalist, I become a dope rapper, Kobe is Kobe. You achieve and you pass over that fear. Now it ain’t fear; it’s just victory. It’s victory of all.”
“I’m gonna always come with a dope concept. That’s word to my nigga Nas. I’m a huge fan of Nas, now he’s like my brother in this shit. I’ma always try to keep my albums consistently tied into some kind of concept.”
Then he also spoked with them about his future at Interscope:
“Jimmy Iovine is, shit, probably weeks out from opening the budget for my fifth album. And then once I do this F.I.V.E. album, it might be a wrap. We’ll see. I know somebody going to give me some millions before I do anything. I see myself getting a lot of money to carry out the remaining time in my career. It don’t really matter where it’s at—it’s just the imprint on the back of the album. I’m just hoping that I live another day to record. I’m not giving nobody no dates. Fuck all that. It’s gonna come out when it come out. See y’all then.”
It’s pretty cool to finally see Yelawolf doing some big things. I remember going to a show of his out here in Seattle and all he could get were boo’s from the crowd. Now he’s signed to Interscope (co-signed by Eminem) and the hate has gone down. Here’s his new tour bus, pretty illy.