Steve Bartels Promoted to President/COO of Island Def Jam Music Group

bartels.jpgAccording to Variety.com, Steve Bartels, former president and chief operating officer of Island Def Jam, has been promoted to the president/COO of the Island Def Jam Music Group. Bartels will continue to work with president/CEO of Def Jam Recordings, Jay-Z, president of Island Records Urban Music, Jermaine Dupri, and president of Mercury Records, David Massey. In addition, Bartels will work with all of Def Jam’s joint ventures, including Disturbing Tha Peace and Slip-N-Slide Records. Bartels, however, will still report directly to Island Def Jam Music Group chairman, Antonio “L.A.” Reid.

  • h0ffa

    doesnt sound like much of a promotion. just another overpaid whitey getting more green

  • LOL

    Y’ALL JUST POSTED HIS PIC SO PPL WOULD BE LIKE “OMGZ EVIL WHITE MAN TRYIN TO DETROY HIPHOP AND BRAIN WASH THE YOUTH”

    CONSPIRACY THEORIES ARE FOR MORONS

  • MyBigBalls

    Damn Crackers!

  • DirtDoggy

    Man everybody knows I’m a white boy up in 5this bitch, but I tell it how it is, this motherfucker doesn’t know anything about hip-hop that’s obviouse just by lookin at him, color means fuck all to me but come on ? this dude ? he’s the steriotypical white boy that kids make fun of on here, let me tell you even white people make fun of these white people, hahhah, it is what it is.

  • http://50cent.com cheddamelt

    this promotion shows that business can not be run by blacks only, unless it is G-unit& Aftermath.

  • bizzle

    this guy doesn’t know shit about hip hop….look at his picture..it’s guys like him who are killing hip hop as we speak…they dont know shit

  • bizzle

    its guys like this who also make radio so wack…they have these rappers to make the wackest shit possible because they think they know what sells…next thing you know its nothing more than a stupid ringtone hit. Rappers cant even be themselves because of guys like this…most rappers end up selling out in order to get a deal or make any type of real money…fuck this guy! Jay do yourself a favor and ditch this whitebread.

  • beezy weezy

    yeah too bad g-unit aftermath is under interscope which is run by a white guy…ever heard of jimmy Iovine? Unfortunately..blacks or rappers for that matter dont run hip hop, they just make they money for everybody else..its wack

  • http://50cent.com cheddamelt

    BEEZY-WEEZY DR.DRE has a 30%stake @ interscope,50 is living interscope and jimmy lovine is just a CEO not a shareholder anymore.

  • al-mighty

    THE ISLAND DEFJAM MUSIC GROUP IS NOT AND ALL HIP HOP LABEL THER ARE PLENTY OF OTHER ARTST THER BESIDES RAPPERS. JAY Z RUNS DEFJAM RECORDINGS WERE THE HIP HOP ACTS HANG OUT AND THE WHITE BOY REPORTS TO LA REID SO KILL THE WHITES ARE FUCKING UP HIP HOP SHIT DEFJAM WAS STARTED BY A WHITE BOY RICK RUBIN AND LEYOR COHEN RAN THAT HOUSE FOR YEARS HIP HOP IS WACK JUST BECAUSE IT IS THERES NO DIVERSITY NO CREATIVITY AND EVERY ONE IS JUST SAYIN THE SAME DUMB SHIT

  • Worley

    Jay and Jermaine report to this guy who then reports to LA Reid? Why the buffer zone between LA, Jay and Jermaine? Somebody’s gonna get fired or quit. It’s too many CEOs in that piece.

  • Trizzle

    the fuck is that?

  • Brooklyn

    To a majority of the above comments. This is what happens when you give simple business information to a bunch of dumb ass kids.

  • therealwayno

    ^^^^
    Damn right Brooklyn, damn right.

  • Vicious Seiger

    It’s amazing how many comments are made about this kid being white when DEF JAM was started by Russell Simmons and ah yeah that WHITE GUY Rick Rubin. Guess what? I could careless if he was white or not. Steve Rifkind (former prez of Loud Records and current figure head of SRC) is white, Lyor Cohen (Former Prez of DEF JAM and current prez of Universal) is white so I really don’t care as long as you keep producing quality hip hop. You could be Arabic Eskimo from Mozambique for all I care just keep your ear to the street and your finger on the pulse of hip hop and that’s all I ask. Lyor and Steve understand business of Hip Hop I wonder if half of these numbskulls really do.

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    VICIOUS UR A FUCKIN IDIOT I GOT FAM WHO LIVE IN NEWYORK CITY THE BRONX, SEDGWICK AVE. WHERE HIPHOP STARTED/ORIGINATED. A BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD , KOOL HERC CREATED IT WITH HIS CREW THE HERCULOIDS , TIMMY TIM , COKE LA ROC , CLARK KENT, AND THE ORIGINATORS OF THE BBOY ( BREAK DANCE) THE NIGGA TWINZ KEITH AND KEVIN a.k.a THE BBOYS THE DANCE WAS NAMED AFTER THEM AND SOME OTHERS LIKE TRICKSY…ALL BLACK MEN ..AFTER THEM CAME AFRIKA BAMBATTA AND THE ORIGINAL SHAKA ZULU KINGS DJ BBOYS AND MC,S ALL BLACK MEN ” GRANDMASTER FLASH , GRAND WIZARD THEODORE, ALL BLACK MEN..IT WAS THE ZULU KINGS BBOYS WHO ADDED NEW STEPS TO BBOYING AND THEY WERE THE ONES THAT SPANISH KIDS LEFT SALSA DANCING AND SPANISH CULTURE TO LEARN HOW TO DANCE BLACK STREET DANCING .and EVERYTHING ELSE LIKE , BLACK SLANG (ebonics) OUR HAIRCUTS, DRESS, ETC. IN THE 7O’S BLACKS AND SPANISH WAS AT WAR IN THE STREETS AT THA TIME.HOW OLD R U 12?KNOW UR HISTORY.HIPHOP WAS NEVER ABOUT CORPERATIONS AND MARKETING IT WAS ABOUT WHAT CAME FRUM THE HEART ABOUT THE HOOD.NOW HIPHOP IS NOTIN BUT A CORPERATE GIMICK.NOW LOOK U GOT A WHITE FAGGOT LIKE THIS IN HIPHOP LOOK AT THIS NERDY FUCK.OH YEAH FUCK RICK RUBIN WUT DOES HE KNOW ABOUT HIPHOP?NOTHING HE’S MAKING A KILING MARKETING OFF A CULTURE THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIM A CULTURE HE DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT.WHITE PPL WERE THE ONES WHO FIRST SAID HIPHOP WOULDN’T GO NO WHERE AND THAT IT WAS FOR IGNORANT NIGGERS NOW LOOK THEY CANT GET ENOUGH OF LATCHING ON TO BLACK CULTURE THEY EVEN WANT TO BE BLACK BY GETTIN TANS ITS FUCKIN BULLSHIT.

  • Vicious Seiger

    Dark, you feel better Motherf@#ker. Have you got It ALL out of your system. So Hip Hop is just for Blacks? So no one else can make any real contributions to the four elements of Hip Hop except Black People. A. This was about Def Jam not Hip Hop in General so please shut the fuck up about your Fam in NYC. B. If you really want to take it here then let’s go all the way back to the forerunner of Hip Hop and American Music Period … The Blues and subsequently Jazz and yes both were by Black People. Kool Herc deserves his credit but his predecessors do as well like Gil Scott Heron, Louie Armstrong, John Coltrane. Dude if this all about race then who is diluting the art now GUESS WHAT, DARK? IT’S NOT ONLY WHITE PEOPLE. I am sick and tired of some black people using racism as a crutch for everything. ALL of us don’t sit around crying racism every time things don’t go our way. I mean shit… LA Reid is the Big Dog there at Island/ Def Jam yet you’re acting like this white dude’s promotion is the end of all things? Island/Def Jam doesn’t just produce Hip Hop it’s bigger than that. I know my history, Do you? See kids like you want hip hop to sound a certain way and act a certain way and look a certain way. The culture as you even said is from the heart so a brother in France may not know about being from the projects in the BX but he can rap or express himself about run down tenements in Paris or a sister in Iraq can express herself through graffiti about her ethnic cleansing. Hip Hop isn’t and shouldn’t ever be confined to one person or groups desciption. Too many people have lived and died hip hop in their own individual ways. Whether you think Rakim is GOAT or Scarface? Whether you think Grandmaster Flash is better than Premo? Whether you think that MF Doom is a better producer than Timbaland? You are allowed to have your opinion and have YOUR hip hop your way? The minute someone like you begins to tell me how things are suppose to be or sound in hip hop is the minute I need to turn hip hop off because it’s no longer Hip Hop when someone tells me this IS HIP HOP.

    PS – If you don’t like how things are Dark Than do something about it instead of pissing and moaning on a Blog. Cause Kiddo you got some issues! SERIOUS ISSUES.

  • Edris

    Let me tell those all the racist people that they don’t know about Mr.Steve Barteles. He was my boss, i was his driver for couple of years but suddenly something happened to my father and i left the country. He is the most knowledgable person in music industry i ever met. i was a limo driver in new york city for 20 years, and i have driven all those rappers, actors, actoreses, models, top executive you just name it. but i found him one of the best men in the last 20 years. he knows very well what he is doing, and he knows lot more than any one in the music group or in Deff Jam. basically he is the head of Deff jam. he is running all the dept. all those rappers know him very well and all those rappers know that Steve is the man. without steve those rappers are nothing.. Please don’t just look at the white picture and comment. all those racist people posted a bad comments about him please try to delete them if you can. thanks.