GA’s Most Wanted, Rd. 5 – Executives Take Charge of the Game
The brain behind the brawn, the men (and women) behind the stars; it’s easy to argue that for any MC to truly be great he (or she) needs a great executive to guide them. As XXL’s weeklong GA’s Most Wanted series comes to a close, we assemble 10 of the state’s best bosses in the game right now. Whether they started out as interns or rappers/singers turned mangers, these are the cream of the hip-hop crop. —Manny Maduakolam
As the architect of the mega label, So So Def, and one of the original kings of the South, Jermaine Dupri is an icon in the hip-hop world. The Atlanta-born executive is a gem finder to say the least, unearthing platinum success for artists like Kris Kross, Da Brat, Jagged Edge and Bow Wow. Getting his start as a producer at 7, he was already a budding exec on the come-up by his teenage years, so it’s easy to see why JD truly is So So Def.
Move, trick, get out the way, Disturbing Tha Peace Records CEO, Chaka Zulu, is here and judging by his rap sheet, he’s here to stay. As the manager for multi-platinum rap star Ludacris, Chaka built one of hip-hop’s strongest camps in DTP. The former BMG “mailroom guy” and Jive Records intern is now throwing bows to the competition and is a mainstay in the industry. With his partner in rhyme Luda continually rising up the hip-hop, Hollywood and corporate ladders, the sky’s the limit for Chaka’s growing profit margin.