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DEF JAM APPOINTS JEEZY TO NEW CONSULTANCY ROLE

Def Jam and interim Chairman/CEO Jeff Harleston announced that they have struck a new deal with Atlanta rap legend Jay "JeezyJenkins. The deal includes future album releases from Jeezy, as well as a consultancy with the label he has called home since 2005.

In his new role, Jenkins will serve as Senior Advisor to the Chairman on matters related to A&R and artist development. The trap icon will bring more than 20 years of music-industry experience and entrepreneurship to recruitment and development of talent, A&R duties and more.

"It’s an honor to return to the label I’ve called home for 15 years, not only as an artist, but as an executive," said Jeezy. "I spent most of my career learning from trial and error. I am happy to say that I am back on the team that helped me build my legacy from the streets to the boardroom and nothing makes me more fulfilled than being in a position to help guide and add value to the next generation."

"Jeezy is so meaningful to Def Jam, its legacy, its past, present and future," said Jeff Harleston. "Jeezy has always impressed me with his talent, his tenacity, his instincts, his entrepreneurial spirit and his leadership. I’m a huge believer in trusting, supporting and enfranchising artists and bringing them into the process. But, of course, Jeezy is so much more than an artist; he is family."

Jeezy is set to battle T.I. on the season-two premiere of VERZUZ on 11/19, ahead of his highly anticipated 10th studio album, The Recession 2, arriving soon. 

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