Sony Lays Off Prez of Urban Music, No Word On How This Effects Jim Jones & Clipse

The nation’s poor job climate continues to affect hip-hop heads at a growing rate, as Sony laid off recent hire Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua yesterday (1/15).

At least 30 staff members were let go at Sony Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales and RED, according to Billboard.

A former Roc-A-Fella A&R, Joshua was named president of urban music at Sony Columbia in August 2007 and signed Jim Jones and Clipse to the label months later.

With both artists set to drop projects this year, no announcement has been made regarding who will head the urban department in Joshua’s absence. The veteran executive currently co-manages Kanye West and Lil’ Wayne through his and partner Gee Roberson’s imprint, Hip-Hop Since 1978. – Clover Hope

  • Hate Hate and more Hate

    Hopefully this effects Jenny Jones and Clipshits negatively. Jim Jones can’t rap for shit. I’d rather hear the sweet sounds of a pitbull attacking a new born baby than to listen to his bullshit ass nursery rhymes. And the Clipse voices are equivalent to the sound of someone running their nails across a chalkboard.

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  • http://www.rapaveli.com Ambition-1

    I’ve said it twice on this very site. The music industry needs to change it’s marketing plan. They didn’t listen to the consumers when we first started downloading shit in 1999 and 2000. Now the industry is on the brink of extinction!

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  • Clever

    And other interesting News, PLEASE! Who cares if labels go broke, Those blood suckers getting what they deserve. Its time the music be pushed by the artist his or her self. That way they have complete creative control. Then maybe they will start releasing music that they want to release, stop following all these wack ass trends. Stop depending on these PIMPS ( Record Labels)

    • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

      And no more of that swag shit either!

      Its all about independence and going straight digital now…its too much shit online you can do to get your music out there to be trying to get a fuckin record deal nowadays. Stop doing it just for the money and get creative; come out with quality instead of quantity…damn them kats still don’t get it…

      • Clever

        The Sad thing about it majority of them never will. I Guess they wanna be ah Sucka fa life. Shame, So sad…..but great for Us! Yaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!! LOL! Least we know what to do.

  • clos1881

    ambition what the fuck are you talking about the industry needs to change its marketing plan thats not why people download music people download cause its free and people dont wanna pay for nothing like wale said “they say hip hops dead nah brother buy an album”

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=34651 Jay

    Hate Hate and more Hate says:

    Hopefully this effects Jenny Jones and Clipshits negatively. Jim Jones can’t rap for shit. I’d rather hear the sweet sounds of a pitbull attacking a new born baby than to listen to his bullshit ass nursery rhymes. And the Clipse voices are equivalent to the sound of someone running their nails across a chalkboard._______________________________

    WOW!!! rly i mean i can understand the jim jones shit but clipse are u crazy,,they got a nice ass flow and lyrics for days that would put lil wayne into oblivation.. ur crazy man

  • CJ

    These A&Rs and guys like JD,Irv Gotti need to put their money together and cut out the middle man. Hell JayZ shouldn’t have been president of Def Jam he should invest 100 million dollars of his own money so these major labels will have to compete again. Competition is the reason why these labels put out bullshit because they control the videos you see and the artists they push. When you had loud,RCA,No Limit,CashMoney,Deathrow,BadBoy,Rawkus,Penalty Recordings,etc you got different types of hiphop. If Atlantic Universal and Interscope have all the major artists then the game will continue to suffer and eventually die.

  • http://xxlmag.com $hawty Reg

    @ CJ

    Never thought of it like that brah! Each label u named was reppin they own sound and not ever working with half the dudes on these different labels. Some of them were actually beefin. Now you got this one working with that one etc..

    I kind of understand what 50 Cent and Kanye were doing….

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