XXL Awards 2022

XXL Awards 2022

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Meet the Members of the XXL Awards Board

Get ready for the XXL Awards 2022. Here are all of the hip-hop industry's movers, shakers and veteran artists that will be voting for the winners as the members of the first-ever XXL Awards Board. Check back in January for the official nominees, to vote for XXL's People's Champ and to see which artists snag trophies.

2 Chainz

2 Chainz

Artist; Entrepreneur

2 Chainz

Twenty-five years in hip-hop has given 2 Chainz the gift of reinvention, six albums, a Grammy Award, multiplatinum hits and T.R.U., his own record label. The lauded rapper, who sits comfortably as one of the leading pioneers in trap music, is helping the next generation of artists reach their potential.

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50 Cent

50 Cent

Artist; Actor; Entrepreneur;
TV Show Creator

50 Cent

50 Cent began his professional career as a rapper over 25 years ago, earning a Grammy Award and selling over 30 million records worldwide along the way. In 2003, he founded G-Unit Records, and serves as CEO of G-Unit Film & TV. The powerhouse business mogul is the executive producer of TV shows like Power, BMF and many, many more.

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Gaby Acevedo

Gaby Acevedo

Founder and CEO at
G Starr Entertainment

Gaby Acevedo

Steve Rifkind put Gabriel “Gaby” Acevedo in position years ago as a President and Cofounder of SRC Records, where Gaby helped Akon’s career rise. Later, Gaby created his own artist relations company, G Starr Entertainment, and took the career reigns as former manager of fellow Bronx brethren French Montana and has now signed J.I.

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Traci Adams

Traci Adams

Executive Vice President of Promotion
at Epic Records

Traci Adams

Traci Adams has achieved prior success as a national director of promotions at Island Def Jam and music director at Radio One’s WFUN. Currently at Epic since 2012, she packs more punches by spreading the sounds of artists like DJ Khaled, Future, 21 Savage and more as Executive Vice President of Promotion.

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JD Anderson

JD Anderson

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Digital Strategy at
Motown Records

JD Anderson

JD Anderson handled marketing efforts for Kanye West, The-Dream and more at Def Jam Recordings for five years before subsequently jumping to Epic Records in 2012 as Director of Digital Marketing and Content. Then, he went on to work with Future and DJ Khaled, bumping up to Senior Vice President of Marketing in 2018. JD now works as Motown’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Digital Strategy.

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Chris Atlas

Chris Atlas

Executive Vice President, Urban Music and Marketing at
Warner Records

Chris Atlas

Twenty-six years deep in the business and Chris Atlas is still spearheading campaigns for break- through artists such as NLE Choppa, IDK and Saweetie. Chris once climbed to Def Jam Recordings’ Executive VP of Marketing, where he ran point on strategies for Kanye West, Rick Ross and Jeezy, among others, before heading to Warner Records in 2017. Now, he’s Warner’s Executive Vice President of Urban Music and Marketing.

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Tunde Balogun

Tunde Balogun

Cofounder and President
of LVRN Records

Tunde Balogun

Tunde Balogun cofounded Crowd Control Management in 2009, before working A&R gigs at Atlantic Records and Read & Write Publishing. He is one of five cofounders of LVRN Records, which launched in 2012, and boasts acts like 6lack and Summer Walker. The label also includes Shelley formerly Dram, DVSN and Westside Boogie on a signed or managed level.

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Tunji Balogun

Tunji Balogun

Chairman
and CEO of
Def Jam Recordings

Tunji Balogun

Tunji Balogun’s ear for talent has taken him a long way. As a former A&R at Interscope Records, Balogun worked with Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar and more before commanding the same department for RCA Records for six years. In August of 2021, he was named Chairman and CEO of Def Jam Recordings, effective Jan. 1, 2022.

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Shawn Barron

Shawn Barron

Vice President of A&R at
Motown Records

Shawn Barron

Since interning with Koch Records in 2007, Shawn Barron formerly managed and signed Amir Obe to Atlantic Records and worked with the likes of Ty Dolla $ign, Kap G and Diggy Simmons at Atlantic, where he was Vice President of A&R. In 2020, Shawn left his post there to take the same position at Motown Records and now works with Elhae, The Hxliday and Jordan Hollywood, among others.

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Rayna Bass

Rayna Bass

Senior Vice President of Marketing at 300 Entertainment

Rayna Bass

Remember how Migos’ Culture album hit the hip-hop world like a sledgehammer in 2017. Well, Rayna Bass was responsible for marketing that No. 1 LP and its breakthrough singles. And it wasn’t her first time. She’s now Senior Vice President of Marketing at 300 Entertainment, where she’s worked since 2014. Bass was previously a marketing coordinator at Def Jam Recordings.

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Big Boy

Big Boy

Radio Personality
on Real 92.3’s Big Boy’s Neighborhood

Big Boy

The former Pharcyde bodyguard and nationally syndicated radio personality hosted his morning show, Big Boy’s Neighborhood, at Power 106 from 1997 to 2015, when he moved to Real 92.3 and iHeartMedia. The 2015 National Radio Hall of Fame inductee has locked in interviews with Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Playboi Carti and more.

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Big Tigger

Big Tigger

Radio Personality
on V-103’s The Big Tigger Morning Show

Big Tigger

Best known for being the face of BET’s Rap City: The Basement and 106 & Park, Big Tigger’s career on television and radio spans over two decades. The multitalented Emmy Award winner currently hosts The Big Tigger Morning Show on V−103 in Atlanta and serves as public announcer for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.

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Theola Borden

Theola Borden

Senior Vice President of Brand
and Communications Management

Theola Borden

A combination of roles at the historic Apollo Theater allowed Theola Borden a chance to get into publicity. She flipped that experience into gigs at LaFace/Jive, Elektra Records and Atlantic Records. Now, Theola sits high at RCA, where virtuosos like Doja Cat, A$AP Rocky and Bryson Tiller add star power to the roster she helps command as Senior Vice President of Publicity.

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Amir Boyd

Amir Boyd

Senior Director of National Urban Promotion at
Interscope Records

Amir Boyd

Amir Boyd worked his way up from a party promoter to a respected label exec. Over the last two decades, he launched a career in radio, worked with Bad Boy Records and then Epic Records. Amir’s knowledge of artist discovery, management and urban promotion is now implemented as Senior Director of National Urban Promotion at Interscope Records.

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Al Branch

Al Branch

Partner and CMO at
The Blueprint Group

Al Branch

Al Branch can lay claim to fostering the high-profile careers of the Watch The Throne tag team of Jay-Z and Kanye West. From General Manager of Hov’s Roc-A-Fella Records to executive positions at Elektra Records, Columbia Records, Island Def Jam and Geffen/Interscope, Branch is now Partner and CMO at The Blueprint Group.

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Mike Brinkley

Mike Brinkley

Senior Vice President of Artist Management
at Roc Nation

Mike Brinkley

Followed by decades of working at labels like Def Jam Recordings and Sony/BMG, Mike Brinkley landed an artist management role at Roc Nation in 2017, and has since been upgraded to Senior Vice President of Artist Management. He now helps Megan Thee Stallion, Meek Mill, Moneybagg Yo and more staple their names into rap history.

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Leesa Brunson-Boland

Leesa Brunson-Boland

Head of A&R Operations
at 300 Entertainment

Leesa Brunson-Boland

With nearly 32 years of experience, Leesa Brunson-Boland earned the handle “The Closer” for her ability to rally a creative team and deliver on solid projects by Kanye West, Jay-Z and, most recently, Young Thug’s Punk. Leesa is Head of A&R Operations at 300 now after spending 20 years at Def Jam Recordings as Senior Vice President of A&R.

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Tammy Brook

Tammy Brook

Founder of
FYI Brand Group

Tammy Brook

A fierce entrepreneur who founded FYI Brand Group in 2001, Tammy Brook offers a full-service lifestyle brand strategy to clients in the worlds of entertainment, sports, fashion and social justice. Her goal is to help artists like 21 Savage, Travis Scott and DJ Khaled, to name a few, get bigger every day.

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Cortez Bryant

Cortez Bryant

Co-CEO at The Blueprint Group; Partner at Maverick

Cortez Bryant

After having a hand in guiding the game-changing careers of Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake, Cortez Bryant now co-manages a star-studded roster that features Lil Nas X, Trippie Redd and G-Eazy as Co-CEO at The Blueprint Group and partner at Maverick.

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Shari Bryant

Shari Bryant

Co-President at
Roc Nation

Shari Bryant

Jay-Z appointed Shari Bryant Co-President of Roc Nation in 2019, with her 20 years of experience in the music industry, including Vice President titles at Warner Music Group and Atlantic Records. Starting as an intern at Roc-A-Fella Records in 1999, Bryant has managed releases from Cam’ron, Meek Mill, Nas and, of course, Jay-Z.

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Bun B

Bun B

Artist; Entrepreneur

Bun B

Alongside the late Pimp C, Bun B founded UGK in the 1980s and together, the supreme duo stamped in a new era of southern gangsta rap. Over the last 16 years, Bun has released five solo albums, continues to unleash potent verses for the likes of Drake and Beyoncé and strives as an entrepreneur.

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Kareem

Kareem "Biggs" Burke

CEO and Founding Partner of MADE

Kareem "Biggs" Burke

Part of the triad of Jay-Z and Dame Dash, who launched Roc-A-Fella Records in 1996, Kareem “Biggs” Burke has stepped into other realms including film and spirits. His latest venture is management, where he works with Saint Jhn, Drink Champs and Rory & Mal podcasts and others through his MADE Management agency.

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LaTrice Burnette

LaTrice Burnette

President, 4th & Broadway; Executive Vice President, Def Jam Recordings

LaTrice Burnette

LaTrice Burnette earned stripes as the Street Team leader for Roc-A-Fella Records in 1999, later taking on marketing roles with Atlantic Records and Epic Records, where she helped guide the careers of Future, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, DJ Khaled, Bobby Shmurda and more. She’s the former Executive Vice President of Island Records. Currently, she's the President of the relaunched 4th & Broadway label and Executive Vice President of Def Jam Recordings.

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Rob Caiaffa

Rob Caiaffa

Music Marketing and Commerce Executive

Rob Caiaffa

Rob Caiaffa spent nearly two decades at Def Jam Recordings, rising to SVP of Marketing and working with Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and many more. Rob took his talents to SoundCloud in 2018, where he wore several hats for three years. Now, Rob is a music marketing and commerce executive and on to big things in 2022.

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Sway Calloway

Sway Calloway

Radio Personality on SiriusXM’s
Sway in the Morning

Sway Calloway

Sway Calloway is a certified media vanguard who helped brands like MTV become a trusted platform for music news. He has been a prolific radio host, interviewing Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and Kanye West, to name a few. With his foot still on the gas decades after his start, the Radio Hall of Fame inductee’s SiriusXM radio show, Sway in the Morning, has curated iconic interviews and freestyles.

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Don Cannon

Don Cannon

DJ; Cofounder/Co-CEO
of Generation Now

Don Cannon

Don Cannon gained prominence as a producer and member of the Aphilliates Music Group in the 2000s. After holding positions at Def Jam Recordings and Atlantic Records, Cannon currently focuses on Generation Now (home to Lil Uzi Vert and Jack Harlow), which he cofounded with DJ Drama and Leighton “Lake” Morrison.

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Rafael

Rafael "June" Cardona

Vice President of Mixshow and Lifestyle Promo at Epic Records

Rafael "June" Cardona

As Epic Records’ VP of Mixshow and Lifestyle promo, Rafael “June” Cardona has been in the game 21 years and played an integral role in driving the success of music from Travis Scott, Future, 21 Savage, DJ Khaled and more.

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Mike Caren

Mike Caren

CEO at
Artist Partner Group

Mike Caren

Mike Caren’s chops in the music biz spring from a love of the craft. With production and songwriting behind him, Caren began hunting talent and breaking acts mainstream. The Artist Partner Group (APG) CEO flexes relationships with Warner Music Group and Atlantic Records to leverage exposure for artists like YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Kevin Gates and more.

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Steve

Steve "Steve-O" Carless

President of A&R at Warner Records

Steve "Steve-O" Carless

The creative development of acts like Big Sean, Jeezy and the late Nipsey Hussle would not have accelerated as fast without the guidance of Steve “Steve-O” Carless. His resume includes A&R positions at Republic Records and Def Jam Recordings. Now, Steve-O serves as President of A&R at Warner and comanages rising star Polo G.

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Joe Carozza

Joe Carozza

Executive Vice President of Media and Artist Relations at
Republic Records

Joe Carozza

In his rapid career trajectory, Joe Carozza spearheads publicity and strategic campaigns at Republic Records for behemoth artists like The Weeknd and Nicki Minaj. With eight years at the label, the Executive Vice President of Media and Artist Relations continues to take the press strategy for his all-star roster to the moon.

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Laura Carter

Laura Carter

Senior Vice President, Head of Urban Marketing
at Interscope Records

Laura Carter

Laura Carter worked her way up from an intern under the guidance of Polow Da Don to a senior marketing executive role at Interscope Records. Her resume over the last decade-plus shines, from her previous work with J. Cole and his Dreamville Records, as well as Mustard and his 10 Summers imprint.

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Charlamagne Tha God

Charlamagne Tha God

Radio Personality on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club; TV Personality

Charlamagne Tha God

Charlamagne Tha God has gone from shock jock to multimedia mogul. With 15 years on the airwaves, including 11 on the Radio Hall of Fame-inducted The Breakfast Club, Charlamagne has expanded his empire to television (Tha God’s Honest Truth with Lenard McKelvey), podcasts (Black Effect Podcast Network) and books (Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It).

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Vickie Charles

Vickie Charles

VP of Publicity for
Cash Money Records

Vickie Charles

After working marketing and publicity for Arista Records, BMG and Loud Records, respected, seasoned publicist Vickie Charles has spent the last 20 years at Universal Music Group. She has specifically headed the stacked Cash Money Records roster as VP of Publicity, working with Birdman, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Drake and others.

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Tramiel

Tramiel "Twin" Clark

Senior Vice President of Motown Records; Managing Partner at
Quality Control Music

Tramiel "Twin" Clark

Tramiel “Twin” Clark hasn’t stopped racking up wins as Managing Partner of Quality Control since 2013, alongside his brethren Pierre “P” Thomas and Dr. Kevin “Coach K” Lee. Twin has helped Lil Baby and Migos’ careers, to name a few, plus been on managing teams for Atlanta legends Gucci Mane and Future. Twin is also locked in as Senior Vice President of Motown.

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James Cruz

James Cruz

CEO of Cruz Control Entertainment and Marketing; Cofounder of UnoDosTres Think

James Cruz

James Cruz’s over 25-year career includes stints at Violator Management as VP of Marketing and Promotions, and President of Bad Boy Management and Strategic Partnerships, where he served as Diddy’s manager. He now runs Cruz Control Entertainment and Marketing as CEO, is a cofounder of Latin marketing agency UnoDosTres Think, plus manages his nephew CJ, most known for the hit “Whoopty.”

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Emmanuelle Cuny

Emmanuelle Cuny

Senior Vice President of Video Production at Capitol Music Group

Emmanuelle Cuny

Emmanuelle Cuny has overseen smash rap videos like Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again”—now at 5 billion views—all of Cardi B’s 2018 clips and some of Lil Baby’s videos. Cutting her teeth at Roc-A-Fella Records and spending a creative decade at Atlantic Records, Cuny’s credits also include projects for Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert and Missy Elliott. She’s currently Senior Vice President of Video Production at Capitol.

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Raymond Daniels

Raymond Daniels

Senior Vice President of A&R at Warner Records; Founder of R.A.Y.D.A.R.

Raymond Daniels

A self-described “father-motivator-coach-leader,” Ray Daniels may be best known to those outside the boardrooms as author of the fierce 2020 open letter “Dear White Music Executives,” published in Billboard. Daniels has invested 16 years in the game and created his own music entertainment company, R.A.Y.D.A.R., in addition to his role as Senior Vice President of A&R at Warner.

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Ebro Darden

Ebro Darden

Radio Personality on Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning; Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B at Apple Music

Ebro Darden

Ebro Darden has spent over 30 years in the radio industry trenches, starting out in Sacramento. In 2003, he joined New York’s Hot 97 as Music Director then Programming Director and host of Ebro in the Morning. In 2015, he also became host at Apple Music, and was named their Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B four years later.

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Britney Davis

Britney Davis

Vice President of Artist Relations, Marketing and Special Projects for Motown Records

Britney Davis

Promoted in 2019 to Vice President of Artist Relations, Marketing and Special Projects for Motown Records, Britney Davis leads the development and strategy for Motown and Quality Control Music’s biggest acts. It’s an incredible rise for a 2008 intern at Creative Artists Agency who was once part of the management team for Chris Brown and now helps the careers of Lil Baby, City Girls and more.

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Mike Dean

Mike Dean

Producer; Engineer

Mike Dean

Seasoned producer Mike Dean has refined his skills as a beat craftsman for more than three decades alongside legends like Scarface, Tupac Shakur and UGK. Now the right-hand producer and engineer for Kanye West and Travis Scott, Dean is committed to ushering in a new generation of talent through his M.W.A. collective.

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Dennis Dennehy

Dennis Dennehy

Chief Communications Officer at AEG Presents; Eminem’s Publicist

Dennis Dennehy

Dennis Dennehy has helped upgrade the profiles of Eminem, Shady Records, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre over the last two decades as an executive in the publicity department at Interscope Records. Succeeding his work with those rap juggernauts, Dennis now works at AEG Presents, where his role includes the supervision of global music entertainment events.

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Caroline

Caroline "Baroline" Diaz

VP of A&R at
Interscope Records

Caroline "Baroline" Diaz

Caroline “Baroline” Diaz established her position as a young boss at companies like Def Jam Recordings and Columbia Records. She’s graduated to shot-caller as Vice President of A&R at Interscope, where she finds the next generation of legacy artists and encourages them to never settle for less than they deserve.

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Amina Diop

Amina Diop

Senior Vice President of A&R at Republic Records;
Founder of Diop Agency

Amina Diop

Industry veteran Amina Diop has managed rap staples Young Thug, Gucci Mane and his 1017 Records artists, Lil Uzi Vert, Peewee Longway, Bandhunta Izzy, Blackway and YSL Records artists through her own company, the Diop Agency. Since being named Senior Vice President of A&R at Republic Records in 2018, Amina has helped oversee projects for the label’s hip-hop artists.

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Jeff Dixon

Jeff Dixon

Cofounder of Disturbing Tha Peace Records

Jeff Dixon

Running around as a party promoter with Heavy D and Grand Puba in the 1980s inspired Jeff Dixon to keep going in the game. He cofounded Disturbing Tha Peace Records with Ludacris and Chaka Zulu in 1995. With 30-plus years in hip-hop, Jeff continues to want more as a top executive.

DJ Clue

DJ Clue

DJ; Radio Personality on Power 105.1; Cofounder and Co-CEO
Desert Storm Records

DJ Clue

As a respected force who helped bring mixtapes to the mainstream in the late 1990s and launch Fabolous’ career, DJ Clue’s radio pedigree is top-notch. He had a popular mix show on Hot 97, currently mans the 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. slot on Power 105.1, is a platinum-selling producer and cofounder and co-CEO of Desert Storm Records.

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DJ Drama

DJ Drama

DJ; Cofounder/Co-CEO
of Generation Now

DJ Drama

After establishing the premier mixtape series Gangsta Grillz in the early 2000s, and helping artists rise up from the underground scene, DJ Drama seamlessly transitioned to CEO in 2003 with Aphilliates Music Group. Since cofounding the record label Generation Now with Don Cannon and Leighton “Lake” Morrison in 2014, Drama has helped make stars out of artists like Lil Uzi Vert and Jack Harlow.

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DJ Envy

DJ Envy

DJ; Radio Personality on Power 105.1’s
The Breakfast Club

DJ Envy

DJ Envy’s New York radio ties run deep. Since rising through the mixtape ranks in the early 2000s, the Queens, N.Y. native hosted multiple shows on Hot 97 before being plucked by rival Power 105.1 in 2010, where he remains as cohost of the Radio Hall of Fame-inducted morning show The Breakfast Club.

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DJ Khaled

DJ Khaled

DJ; Artist; Entrepreneur

DJ Khaled

DJ Khaled has nearly 25 years with his ears to the streets and in the studio. He’s a supreme architect when crafting a hit. Countless streaming successes featuring Jay-Z, Rihanna and many more prove it. The Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling artist with 12 albums is king at both catchphrases and marketing.

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DJ Self

DJ Self

DJ; CEO of Gwinin Entertainment; Radio Personality at Power 105.1; Host of
Selfish Weekends

DJ Self

DJ Self’s tenure as a record spinner in New York City goes back to the early 2000s. He’s commanded parties, put out popular mixtapes and has held down the 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. slot at Power 105.1 for 10 years. He now hosts 105.1’s Selfish Weekends. Self also launched Gwinin Entertainment in 2016, which is home to DreamDoll.

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DJ Whoo Kid

DJ Whoo Kid

DJ; Radio Personality on SiriusXM’s
Whoolywood Shuffle

DJ Whoo Kid

An accomplished producer, DJ and SiriusXM radio show host for Whoolywood Shuffle on Shade 45, Whoo Kid came up by grinding hard. He served as 50 Cent and G-Unit’s official DJ for many years, and over time, has become one of the hip-hop industry’s most respected mixtape DJs and entertaining personalities.

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Skane Dolla

Skane Dolla

SVP of A&R at RCA Records; Cofounder
and Co-CEO of Desert Storm Records

Skane Dolla

Back in the 1990s, Skane Dolla cofounded Desert Storm Records with DJ Clue and Duro. Skane helped cement the legendary status of Fabolous and then was VP of A&R at Def Jam Recordings. Decades later, Skane’s 20/20 vision for talent is still on display as SVP of A&R at RCA, helping Flo Milli plus Winners Circle Entertainment’s Sheff G and Sleepy Hallow shine.

Cara Donatto

Cara Donatto

Executive Vice President, Head of Media Strategy and Communications for Interscope Geffen A&M Records

Cara Donatto

After scoring senior publicity positions at Island Def Jam and Atlantic Records, Cara Donatto was named Executive Vice President, Head of Media Strategy and Communications for Interscope Geffen A&M Records in 2019. There, she oversees publicity for all the groundbreaking and diverse acts on the label.

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E-40

E-40

Artist; Entrepreneur

E-40

Mogul, entrepreneur, rapper, linguistic king, founding father of the Bay Area hyphy movement and wine maker are just a few of the ways E−40 has made his mark in hip-hop and beyond. The rap veteran’s work ethic has produced more than 25 solo albums and launched Sick Wit It Records.

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Eminem

Eminem

Artist; Entrepreneur

Eminem

An elite MC with a penchant for lyrical acrobatics, compelling rhymes and outrageous bars, Eminem has set the diamond standard for hip-hop excellence throughout the last 25 years. The Shady Records cofounder’s career achievements include 15 Grammy Awards, 11 albums—10 at No. 1— and being one of the best-selling artists of all time.

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Amir

Amir "Cash" Esmailian

Cofounder of XO Records; Founder of YCFU Management;
Co-Manager of
The Weeknd

Amir "Cash" Esmailian

As The Weeknd’s right-hand man, Amir “Cash” Esmailian went from the pop superstar’s close crew and road manager to brokering worldwide tours and Super Bowl halftime shows as a cofounder of XO. Cash also launched YCFU Management—“You Can’t Finagle Us”—steering The Weeknd, Metro Boomin, Young Thug and more in the right direction.

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Phylicia Fant

Phylicia Fant

Founder of The Purple Agency

Phylicia Fant

Phylicia Fant turned her publicist prowess into a power player position. Fant’s 20-year career includes gigs as VP of Publicity at Universal Music Group, SVP of Media and Strategic Development at Warner Music Group, and Head of Urban Music at Columbia Records, working with Lil Nas X, Polo G, Lil Tjay, Prince, Kid Cudi, MMG, Amy Winehouse and many more along the way. Fant is also the founder of The Purple Agency and is making major moves in 2022.

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Fat Joe

Fat Joe

Artist; Entrepreneur; Podcast Host

Fat Joe

With Diggin in the Crates Crew and Terror Squad in his lineage, Fat Joe has solidified himself as one of hip-hop’s most respected rappers with nearly 30 years in the game. Ten solo albums, five Grammy nominations, and revered as the “recap god,” yesterday’s price is not today’s price when it comes to Joe’s well-earned worth.

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Jana Fleishman

Jana Fleishman

EVP of Strategic Marketing and Business Development and Head of Communications at Roc Nation

Jana Fleishman

Jana Fleishman worked at Def Jam Recordings for nearly a decade as VP of Media Relations, curating campaigns for Jay-Z, Rihanna, LL Cool J, Ludacris and more. Since 2009, she’s been running the PR department at Roc Nation, rising to Head of Communications—while wearing the hat of Jay-Z’s personal publicist—and EVP of Strategic Marketing and Business Development.

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Kathryn Frazier

Kathryn Frazier

CEO and Cofounder
of Biz 3

Kathryn Frazier

A PR powerhouse and founder of Biz 3, Kathryn Frazier has been strategically breaking unknown artists through film, social and magazine campaigns, celebrating Biz 3’s 25th anniversary this year. Repping indie labels like Def Jux, Fool’s Gold, Quality Control and XO Records in their early days, Frazier has also handled PR for A-listers like The Weeknd, Migos, Run The Jewels, J. Cole, Daft Punk, Lauryn Hill and many more.

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Kendell

Kendell "Sav" Freeman

Vice President/Co-Head of Urban Music at
Arista Records

Kendell "Sav" Freeman

Kendell “Sav” Freeman’s profile grew as Mixshow Manager/Lifestyle Marketing at Def Jam Recordings for eight years. After working with Jay-Z, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Ne-Yo and Big Sean, Sav leveled up to VP of Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group. Sav is now expanding Arista’s impact in the hip-hop space as Vice President/Co-Head of Urban Music.

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Drew

Drew "Dru Ha" Friedman

Cofounder and CEO of Duck Down Music; General Manager Consultant at Cinematic Music Group; CEO of 3D Consulting and Distribution

Drew "Dru Ha" Friedman

Drew “Dru Ha” Friedman cofounded Duck Down in 1995, a still thriving independent label, which signed rap acts like Black Moon, Boot Camp Clik and Sean Price. The hip-hop veteran also doubles as General Management for Cinematic Music Group and CEO of 3D, which handles marketing and distribution for Young M.A.

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Noah Friedman

Noah Friedman

General Manager of Duck Down Music and 3D Consulting and Distribution; Cofounder/ Owner of
DNF Partners Inc.

Noah Friedman

Noah Friedman has been a marketing mind and general manager at Duck Down for two decades. From directing videos to pushing promo, Noah has worked plenty of projects from label artists Sean Price, Smif-N-Wessun, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Random Axe and more. He’s also the general manager of 3D and the cofounder/owner at DNF Partners Inc.

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Tim Glover

Tim Glover

Executive Vice President of A&R at
Interscope Records

Tim Glover

Tim Glover built up his status in the music industry by working in the marketing department for Universal Music Group Distribution, and lifestyle marketing and promo at Def Jam Recordings. In 2014, he landed at Interscope, where he helps magnify revered legacies of J. Cole and his Dreamville Records imprint, Tierra Whack and LVRN, home to 6lack and Summer Walker. Tim is now EVP of A&R at Interscope.

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J Grand

J Grand

Senior Vice President, A&R and Marketing at RCA Records;
Founder of 88 Classic

J Grand

A diligent talent scout who connects songwriters with producers and vocalists, J Grand’s fingerprints are all over RCA Records’ success for the past 10 years. Now Senior Vice President, A&R and Marketing, J Grand has helped shape the music and marketing of New Boyz, Maxo Kream, T-Pain, Kid Ink, 21 Savage and Latto. J Grand founded 88 Classic in 2011.

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Omar Grant

Omar Grant

Co-President at
Roc Nation

Omar Grant

Developing strategies for Roc Nation’s star-studded roster, Omar Grant’s profile has risen over 11 years with the label. Grant served as a Columbia Records intern and road manager for Destiny’s Child before breaking into Roc Nation’s boardroom. He’s helped the careers of Big Sean, managed super producer No. I.D., done A&R for Rihanna and signed Mustard to Roc Nation in 2013.

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Julie Greenwald

Julie Greenwald

Chairman and COO of
Atlantic Records

Julie Greenwald

Julie Greenwald has been climbing the executive ranks of the music industry since the early 1990s, in top-dog roles at Island Records and Def Jam Recordings. Currently seated snugly at Atlantic Records as Chairman and COO since 2009, Julie continues to push forward the swelling legacies of Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert, Roddy Ricch and many more as a renowned shot-caller.

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Amber Grimes

Amber Grimes

Executive Vice President/General Manager at LVRN Records

Amber Grimes

Amber Grimes, a former executive assistant at Def Jam Recordings, moved her way up the industry ladder with stops at Spotify, working artist and label marketing, and Capitol Records, where she commanded the role of SVP of Global Creative. Now, she's Executive Vice President/General Manager at LVRN Records. For the last decade, Amber has owned the full-service marketing company Cardi Brand Agency.

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Alan Grunblatt

Alan Grunblatt

President of Urban at
MNRK Music Group

Alan Grunblatt

After helping launch the careers of acts like Three 6 Mafia and Fat Joe, and working closely with Eazy-E as GM of Ruthless Records in the 1990s, Alan Grunblatt has been a driving force in eOne’s independent success for nearly two decades. He’s now President of Urban Music for MNRK Music Group, formerly eOne and Koch Records.

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Gucci Mane

Gucci Mane

Artist; CEO

Gucci Mane

Gucci Mane, a founding father of trap music, rose his way up the ranks of hip-hop history via his onslaught of gold and platinum plaques. He has more than 100 mixtapes and albums combined to his name. Under his relaunched 1017 Records, the East Atlanta Santa now oversees the rising careers of acts like Pooh Shiesty, Foogiano, Big Scarr and more.

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Ethiopia Habtemariam

Ethiopia Habtemariam

Chairman and CEO at
Motown Records

Ethiopia Habtemariam

After beginning her music industry career as a 14-year-old LaFace Records intern, Ethiopia Habtemariam was President of Urban Music and Co-Head of Creative at Universal Music Publishing Group before assisting careers of Lil Baby, Migos, City Girls and more at Capitol Music Group. She currently operates as the new Chairman and CEO of Motown Records.

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Wayne Hampton

Wayne Hampton

Partner, Cofounder and Chief Business Development Officer at Create Music Group

Wayne Hampton

Over the last decade, Wayne Hampton applied his entrepreneurial spirit to companies like J Records and Hitco Music Publishing before branching out on his own with Starlinx Worldwide management and consulting firm. There, he worked with Chicago rappers Chief Keef and Lil Durk. In 2015, Wayne joined Create Music Group, where he’s partner, cofounder and Chief Business Development Officer. He now works with artists Gucci Mane, Young Thug and Trippie Redd, among others.

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Saint Harraway

Saint Harraway

Senior Vice President of A&R at Republic Records

Saint Harraway

Starting off his career as an intern for Bad Boy Records in high school, Saint Harraway worked as an A&R for Bad Boy and did the same at Republic Records. In 2019, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of A&R at Republic, where he’s helped oversee A&R work for Aminé, Ski Mask The Slump God, Coi Leray and more.

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Echo Hattix

Echo Hattix

Founder and CEO of Echoing Soundz

Echo Hattix

As founder and CEO of the eponymous Echoing Soundz since 2013, Echo Hattix is a visionary when it comes to PR campaigns and lifestyle marketing. Leaning on viral content and live events to push her artists’ brands, Hattix’s expertise has touched the careers of E-40, Joyner Lucas, YG, CeeLo Green and Snoop Dogg, to name a few.

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Terrence

Terrence "Punch" Henderson

President of Top Dawg Entertainment; Artist

Terrence "Punch" Henderson

Terrence “Punch” Henderson has helped steer the careers of Top Dawg artists as President of the label. He’s etched his name into the history of hip-hop, working closely with past and present TDE artists including Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, SZA and more. As a rapper himself, Punch is part of the music collective A Room Full of Mirrors.

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Girvan

Girvan "Fly" Henry

Founder and CEO of Think It’s A Game Records and TIG7 Publishing

Girvan "Fly" Henry

Girvan “Fly” Henry got into the rap game as an artist and manager before launching his Think It’s A Game Records in 2006. The success of signees Rich Homie Quan and YFN Lucci have afforded the music collective a distribution deal with Warner Records—yet another level up, and counting. Fly launched TIG7 Publishing in 2014.

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Tim Hinshaw

Tim Hinshaw

Head of Hip-Hop & R&B
at Amazon Music

Tim Hinshaw

For more than a decade, Tim Hinshaw has been meshing the roles of A&R, marketing and artist relations at companies like R.E.D/Island Def Jam, Vans and Fender. In 2018, he moved on to Amazon Music, where he’s now Head of Hip-Hop & R&B, helping superstar-level artists sneak into listeners’ speakers and playlists.

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Shawn

Shawn "Tubby" Holiday

President at Giant Records; Manager of
Full Stop Management

Shawn "Tubby" Holiday

Shawn “Tubby” Holiday, a former member of Bad Boy Records’ street team in 2000, held gigs as SVP of A&R at RCA Records, SVP of Urban A&R at Interscope Records and co-head of Columbia Records. He’s worked with Travis Scott, Lil Nas X and many more. Now, Tubby holds a position as a manager at Full Stop Management and President at Giant Records.

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Zach Iser

Zach Iser

Partner/Co-Head of
Hip-Hop/R&B at WME

Zach Iser

Zach Iser paid dues as a booking promotor and talent manager in New York City in the early 2000s, before becoming the youngest agent at ICM Partners, where he booked talent like Drake and Beyoncé. Zach has represented artists like Kendrick Lamar, Future, Fetty Wap and more, and currently acts as Partner/Co-Head of Hip-Hop/R&B at WME.

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Jeezy

Jeezy

Artist; Senior Advisor to Label Chairman at
Def Jam Recordings

Jeezy

Jeezy is a pivotal figure on the Mount Rushmore of trap music, pushing it to the forefront with his 2005 critically acclaimed debut album, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. From Da Snowman to a businessman, plus 12 albums deep and being a philanthropist with his Street Dreamz Foundation, he’s putting on others by inspiring them to succeed. Jeezy’s also Senior Advisor to Label Chairman at Def Jam Recordings.

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John Janick

John Janick

Chairman and CEO at Interscope Geffen A&M Records

John Janick

John Janick has been waist-deep in the game since founding his indie label, Fueled by Ramen, in college. After a Co-President position at Elektra Records and now at UMG’s Interscope Geffen A&M, he’s been IGA’s Chairman and CEO for the last seven years. In that role, John leads plenty of multiplatinum-selling artists and partnerships.

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Kenoe Jordan

Kenoe Jordan

Vice President of A&R at
Motown Records

Kenoe Jordan

Kenoe Jordan’s producing talents are heard on songs from G.O.A.T.s like Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, among plenty of others. The Grammy Award-winning musician is currently Vice President of A&R at Motown and brought other artists like YoungBoy Never Broke Again and London On Da Track along with him.

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Juicy J

Juicy J

Producer; Artist; Entrepreneur

Juicy J

The hustle continues for 30-year hip-hop veteran Juicy J. The multiplatinum-selling frontman for the Academy Award-winning group Three 6 Mafia has played more of a CEO role in recent years, launching Paycheck Pub with BMG. He’s also a fervent investor, having held stakes in companies like Core Water, Asterisk cannabis and Epic Games.

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Just Blaze

Just Blaze

Producer; DJ; Director of Music and Culture at Brass Lion Entertainment

Just Blaze

Just Blaze, a former in-house producer for Roc-A-Fella Records, has used his production expertise to help artists like Jay-Z, Cam’ron and Fabolous take their music from the streets of New York to the headphones of millions worldwide. The legendary sample savant has since crafted hits for Kendrick Lamar, Drake and many more.

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Fadia Kader

Fadia Kader

Global Head of Strategic and Media Partnerships at Clubhouse

Fadia Kader

A creator and executor of big ideas, Fadia Kader has been designing strategies, partnering brands and connecting dots in the industry for more than 14 years. Jumping from Instagram after four years to Clubhouse in 2021, the former curator of Atlanta’s A3C Hip-Hop Festival is ahead of the curve.

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Craig Kallman

Craig Kallman

Chairman and CEO of
Atlantic Records

Craig Kallman

Craig Kallman was a young nightclub DJ who worked his way up to musical director and then CEO of Atlantic Records. His ear for talent and innate passion for A&R has led to an introduction of the world’s biggest stars in the genres of R&B (Aaliyah, Trey Songz), pop (Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran), hip-hop (Cardi B, Wiz Khalifa, Flo-Rida) and many more.

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Mike Kyser

Mike Kyser

President of Black Music
at Atlantic Records

Mike Kyser

Mike Kyser’s musical track record has been magnifying since the 1990s, with his assistance in the rise of Roc-A-Fella Records and Murder Inc. Following a run that includes work alongside Kanye West, Missy Elliott and Jay-Z, he now reigns as the President of Black Music at Atlantic and has for a decade.

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Bryan Leach

Bryan Leach

President and Founder of Polo Grounds Music

Bryan Leach

Bryan Leach opted to stay behind the scenes and launched Polo Grounds Music in 2006. The label has been home to A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Calboy and Jay Gwuapo, among others, and has since accrued plenty of multiplatinum records, several No. 1 albums and billions of global sales. PGM has celebrated 15 years in its joint venture with RCA Records.

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Dr. Kevin

Dr. Kevin "Coach K" Lee

Cofounder and COO of
Quality Control Music

Dr. Kevin "Coach K" Lee

A former student baller for Saint Augustine’s College in the early 1990s, Dr. Kevin “Coach K” Lee cofounded the genre-defining label Quality Control Music in 2013 after years of managing rappers including Gucci Mane and Jeezy. Lee’s mother used to bring home wax from the RCA Records pressing plant she worked at. Now, her son runs the QC roster of Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, City Girls and more.

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Ezekiel Lewis

Ezekiel Lewis

Executive Vice President and Head of A&R at Epic Records

Ezekiel Lewis

Ezekiel Lewis’ hit-making ability led to a publishing deal with LaFace Records in the 1990s, and a string of hits from Timbaland to Justin Beiber. That skillset secured him an A&R role at Motown Records prior to changing his home team to Epic. As the Executive Vice President and Head of A&R, Zeke now works with Future, Tyla Yaweh, Giveon and more.

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Lil' Kim

Lil' Kim

Artist; Author; Entrepreneur

Lil' Kim

Lil’ Kim’s ground-breaking career in hip-hop has spanned 25 years. The Grammy Award-winning rapper started Queen Bee Entertainment in 1999, and has served as spokeswoman for companies like MAC Cosmetics, Old Navy and others. An author and beauty shop proprietor, the hip-hop legend is co-owner of the cannabis brand Aphrodisiac.

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Avery Lipman

Avery Lipman

Cofounder of
Republic Records

Avery Lipman

Avery Lipman began his career working for Clive Davis. In 1995, Avery cofounded Republic with his brother Monte. In Avery’s time with the label, he’s worked with Lil Wayne, Post Malone, Nicki Minaj and many more heavy hitters.

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Monte Lipman

Monte Lipman

Cofounder of
Republic Records

Monte Lipman

After working under Clive Davis, Monte Lipman cofounded Republic with his brother Avery in 1995. In recent years, Monte has helped oversee releases from Drake, The Weeknd, Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Pop Smoke, Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift and countless other superstars.

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Courtney Lowery

Courtney Lowery

Executive Vice President, Media and Lifestyle at Motown Records

Courtney Lowery

In a career that stretches more than 18 years, Courtney Lowery has handled publicity for the likes of Future, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz and more during his work at Epic Records and independently. Courtney joined Motown Records as the Executive Vice President, Media and Lifestyle in 2021.

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Kevin Liles

Kevin Liles

Chairman and CEO of 300 Entertainment and Elektra Music Group

Kevin Liles

After stints as President and CEO of Def Jam Recordings and Executive Vice President of Warner Music Group, Kevin Liles cofounded 300 Entertainment with Lyor Cohen, Roger Gold and Todd Moscowitz. As the label’s CEO and Chairman of the Board, Kevin oversees a roster that includes Young Thug, Megan Thee Stallion and more. Liles is also Chairman and CEO of Elektra Music Group.

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Roberta Magrini

Roberta Magrini

Talent Relations/Talent Producer at
Mass Appeal Media

Roberta Magrini

For almost three decades, Roberta Magrini has handled publicity for artists like Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Bun B and more. Between 1994 and 2009, she held down senior publicity positions at Priority Records and Jive/Sony before becoming an independent publicist. Since 2016, Roberta has also worked as a Talent Relations/Talent Producer at Mass Appeal Media.

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Joie Manda

Joie Manda

CEO of Encore Recordings

Joie Manda

A two-decade industry vet, Joie Manda has held high-powered gigs as EVP of Asylum Records, headed urban music operations at Warner Music Group, was President of Def Jam Recordings and also EVP of Interscope Geffen A&M, where he worked with artists like J. Cole and Rae Sremmurd. Now, Joie holds the position of CEO of indie label Encore Recordings.

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Sydney Margetson

Sydney Margetson

Senior Vice President of Publicity at
Atlantic Records

Sydney Margetson

Sydney Margetson, who operates as Atlantic Records’ Senior Vice President of Publicity, has worked in the label’s PR department for over 25 years. During that time, he’s focused on breaking new artists and landed major press for the likes of T.I., Lupe Fiasco, Lil Uzi Vert, Kevin Gates, Wiz Khalifa, Cordae and many more.

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Dallas Martin

Dallas Martin

Co-President of Asylum Records; Executive Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records

Dallas Martin

Mentored by late music exec Shakir Stewart, Dallas Martin brought Rick Ross’ Maybach Music with him to Warner Records as Director of A&R after working with the rapper at Warner in 2011. Martin became Vice President of A&R at Atlantic, signing Nipsey Hustle and Roddy Ricch, and simultaneously runs the show at Asylum as Co-President.

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Angie Martinez

Angie Martinez

Radio Personality on Power 105.1’s
The Angie Martinez Show

Angie Martinez

Known as “The Voice of New York,” Angie Martinez’s name is synonymous with NYC radio. As one of the leading voices in radio on Hot 97 through the 1990s and 2000s, she moved to Power 105.1 in 2014. A Grammy Award-nominated recording artist, actress and author, Martinez was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2020.

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Orlando McGhee

Orlando McGhee

Head of Urban Music at ONErpm

Orlando McGhee

Orlando McGhee’s work in the music industry began when he was an intern for Organized Noize and started managing them in the late 1990s. He then secured A&R positions at Warner Music Group and Roc Nation. Over the last few decades, Orlando has worked with Lil Jon, E-40, Future and more. He is currently Head of Urban Music at ONErpm.

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Randall

Randall "Sickamore" Medford

Senior Vice President of A&R Talent at
Interscope Records

Randall "Sickamore" Medford

Between stints at Atlantic Records, Def Jam Recordings and Interscope Records, Randall “Sickamore” Medford has worked with Travis Scott, YG and multiple other chart-topping luminaries. Sickamore currently works as Senior Vice President of A&R Talent at Interscope Records.

Giovanna Melchiorre

Giovanna Melchiorre

Vice President of Media Relations at
MNRK Music Group

Giovanna Melchiorre

Three decades in and Giovanna Melchiorre is still shining in music publicity. Managing roles at Virgin Records America, eOne and more have found her heading standout campaigns for RZA and Juicy J, among others. As Vice President of Media Relations at MNRK (formely eOne and Koch Records), Gio proceeds to amplify both veteran and rising artists’ legacies in music.

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Dana Meyerson

Dana Meyerson

Partner at Biz 3

Dana Meyerson

Longtime Biz 3 partner and 20-year veteran of the PR game, Dana Meyerson branched out in 2021, with the launch of her own label imprint, Slashie. The Chicago native helped sign Grammy-nominated rapper Chika to Warner Records, and has worked closely with cutting-edge acts like Terrace Martin, Jessie Reyez, Danny Brown and Diplo, to name a few.

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Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott

Artist; Entrepreneur

Missy Elliott

With a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year, an induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019, four Grammy Awards throughout her career and six studio albums marking a different artistic era, Missy Elliott’s creative impact in the entertainment industry is irrefutable. The Virginia native has remained supa dupa fly for over 30 years.

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Simone Mitchell

Simone Mitchell

President of
Quality Control Music

Simone Mitchell

Back in the building stages of Quality Control, circa 2013, Simone Mitchell worked part-time at the label performing administrative duties. After rising up and helping acts like Migos and City Girls make names for themselves, the powerhouse’s leading lady began co-managing Lakeyah and recently inked a new deal to become QC’s President.

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Thea Mitchem

Thea Mitchem

EVP of Programming (Major Markets) and EVP of Hip-Hop and R&B Strategy at iHeartMedia; Programming Director at
Power 105.1

Thea Mitchem

As iHeartMedia’s Executive Vice President of Programming, Thea Mitchem is familiar with demolishing barriers in a male-dominated industry for the last 20 years. She previously poured in eight years with airwave monolith Clear Channel and captured several awards for her excellence in radio programming. Mitchem is behind the sound and reach of NYC’s Power 105.1 as EVP of Programming for iHeartMedia’s major markets.

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Erika Montes

Erika Montes

Vice President of Artist Relations at SoundCloud

Erika Montes

Erika Montes’ industry journey has included stops as Senior Director of Video Marketing and Promotions at Def Jam Recordings, VP of Music Programming and Development at Fuse Networks and Director of Label and Artist Relations at LoveLive. Since 2017, Erika’s been at SoundCloud, working her way up to VP of Artist Relations.

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Riggs Morales

Riggs Morales

Senior Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records

Riggs Morales

Riggs Morales stamped himself as a writer 25 years ago by highlighting rising talent like Eminem. After putting 50 Cent on the radar of Em as the Director of A&R at Shady Records, Riggs slid to Atlantic, where securing gold, platinum and diamond plaques are regular feats as Senior Vice President of A&R.

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Leighton

Leighton "Lake" Morrison

Cofounder/Co-CEO of Generation Now; CEO of Lakeshow Management

Leighton "Lake" Morrison

Getting his start managing Ma$e in the mid-2000s, Leighton “Lake” Morrison went on to work with Beanie Sigel, Freeway and Bobby Valentino before forming Generation Now with his college friends, DJ Drama and Don Cannon, in 2014. Lake currently manages Drama and Cannon through his Lakeshow Management company and is a cofounder and Co-CEO of Generation Now.

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Todd Moscowitz

Todd Moscowitz

Founder and CEO of Alamo Records

Todd Moscowitz

Over the last few decades, Todd Moscowitz was CEO at Warner Bros. Records and President at Asylum Records. Becoming a big dog led him to cofounder of 300 Entertainment, which set the blueprint to launch his own label, Alamo, the current home to Rod Wave, Lil Durk, Comethazine and more.

Jean Nelson

Jean Nelson

Co-CEO at The Blueprint Group; Partner at Maverick

Jean Nelson

Jean Nelson kicked off his journey by signing “Flava in Ya Ear” rhymer Craig Mack to Diddy’s Bad Boy Records in 1994. Jean holds a position as Co-CEO at The Blueprint Group and partner at Maverick. Nelson has been instrumental in helping Lil Wayne, Lil’ Kim, G-Eazy, Lil Nas X, Trippie Redd and more pop off.

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Natina Nimene

Natina Nimene

Senior Vice President of Urban Promotion and Artist Relations at
Def Jam Recordings

Natina Nimene

Natina Nimene has been a respected name in the urban promotion department for over a decade, working for Virgin Records, Atlantic Records and Def Jam. She’s collaborated closely with Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Jeezy, Big Sean and more at Def Jam, where she is the Senior VP of Urban Promotion and Artist Relations.

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No I.D.

No I.D.

Executive Vice President
at Capitol Music Group

No I.D.

No I.D. helped craft Common’s early sound, once managed Kanye West and cranked out pristine production for Drake and Jay-Z, among others over the past 30 years. From launching his ARTium Recordings label and jumping from G.O.O.D. Music to Def Jam Recordings, the exec’s golden ear has landed at Capitol Music Group as Executive Vice President.

Gabrielle Peluso

Gabrielle Peluso

Co-President at
Asylum Records

Gabrielle Peluso

Now dedicated to rebooting Asylum as a hip-hop and R&B-focused label, Gabrielle Peluso previously played a part in Def Jam Recordings’ 1990’s dominance and walked the tightrope as the late, great DMX’s publicist. Now, she is pushing fresh acts like Sada Baby and KenTheMan as Co-President of Asylum.

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Desiree Perez

Desiree Perez

Cofounder and CEO at Roc Nation

Desiree Perez

Desiree Perez is a visionary who, along with Jay-Z, has pushed the Roc Nation empire beyond its beats-and-rhymes origins. In addition to being involved in all aspects of Hov’s own career, Perez is responsible for the 10-year, $200 million worldwide touring deal between the rapper and Live Nation. She also secured the Roc’s landmark 360 deal with the global entertainment company.

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Yves C. Pierre

Yves C. Pierre

Concerts Agent at
ICM Partners

Yves C. Pierre

Yves Pierre worked in sales at the since-dissolved Island/Def Jam, then moved on to focus on marketing at Roc Nation for two years. Since then, Yves was employed by ICM Partners, moving up to Concerts Agent in 2016. In this role, she helps put together shows for clients like Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Baby.

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Mark Pitts

Mark Pitts

President of RCA Records; CEO at
Bystorm Entertainment

Mark Pitts

Mark Pitts’ resume is long enough for two millennia. In the early 1990s, he managed The Notorious B.I.G at Bad Boy Records and A&R’d for labels like Arista Records. In 2011, he transitioned to RCA, where his feats include signing Chris Brown and J. Cole. Mark is now President of RCA and CEO at Bystorm Entertainment, home to artists like Miguel and Deante’ Hitchcock.

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Kawan

Kawan "KP The Great" Prather

A&R; Executive; Producer; DJ; Songwriter; Head of Music IAMother

Kawan "KP The Great" Prather

From being a founding member of the early 1990’s Dungeon Family group Parental Advisory to working with ground-breaking LaFace Records acts like OutKast and Usher as A&R, Kawan “KP The Great” Prather’s executive clout raised when he signed T.I. A Grammy Award winner and current in-demand DJ, KP has held A&R gigs at various labels for the last 25 years, and is now Head of Music at Pharrell’s IAMother.

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Ryan Press

Ryan Press

President, North America,
Warner Chappell Music

Ryan Press

Ryan Press has worked at Warner Chappell Music since 2009, and he currently operates as President, North America. The exec handles overall strategy for the business. He was previously President, A&R, U.S. During his time with the company, Press has helped artists and producers including Lil Wayne, Tay Keith, Meek Mill and more.

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LA Reid

LA Reid

Cofounder and CEO of Hitco Entertainment; Producer; Songwriter

LA Reid

After drumming for R&B group The Deele, LA Reid cofounded LaFace Records, home to TLC and OutKast, with his former bandmate Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds in the late 1980s. The music mogul has since held executive roles at Arista Records, Island Def Jam and Epic Records before eventually launching Hitco Entertainment, which is currently led by acts like J.Lo, Saint Jhn and Rubi Rose.

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Sylvia Rhone

Sylvia Rhone

Chairman and CEO of Epic Records

Sylvia Rhone

Before becoming Chairman and CEO at Epic in 2019, Sylvia Rhone held down senior positions at several major record labels, including Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group’s Elektra Records in 1994. In her current role at Epic, she’s helped guide the careers of Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Future and DJ Khaled, among a slew others.

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Steve Rifkind

Steve Rifkind

Founder of Loud Records; Founder of SRC Records; Cofounder of
Spring Sound

Steve Rifkind

Steve Rifkind founded Loud Records in 1991, and signed Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep and more. He also served as Loud Records’ Chief Executive Officer. In 2012, Steve founded Street Records Corporation (SRC) and was the former Chairman of the Board at Loud Music Group in 2020. He’s also cofounder of Spring Sound, dedicated to developing burgeoning talent.

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Gee Roberson

Gee Roberson

Co-CEO at The Blueprint Group; Partner at Maverick

Gee Roberson

Coming up as VP of A&R at Roc-A-Fella Records, Gee Roberson held posts of SVP at Atlantic Records and Chairman of Geffen Records before establishing The Blueprint Group artist management company in 2008. Roberson, a partner at Maverick and former manager of Drake and Kanye West, helped guide Lil Wayne and Lil Nas X to success.

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Paul Rosenberg

Paul Rosenberg

Eminem’s Manager; President of Shady Records, Inc.; Founder and CEO of Goliath Artists, Inc. and
Goliath Records

Paul Rosenberg

Paul Rosenberg is a prominent music industry leader who became Eminem’s manager. He also cofounded Shady Records alongside Em, and is President. Since then, Rosenberg has also managed artists like Danny Brown and Action Bronson. In 2018, Paul became Def Jam Recordings’ CEO before stepping down in 2020. That same year, the music exec founded Goliath Artists, Inc.

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James Rubin

James Rubin

Partner at
William Morris Endeavor

James Rubin

Promotor-turned-talent agent James Rubin has spent nearly two decades pushing artists. The former VP of The Agency Group is currently a partner at WME, where he reps Tyler, The Creator, Joey Bada$$, Macklemore and more. He’s also listed Run The Jewels, PartyNextDoor, Action Bronson, Vic Mensa and G-Eazy as clients.

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Run The Jewels

Run The Jewels

Artists; Entrepreneurs

Run The Jewels

Since 2013, Killer Mike and El-P’s inimitable skills have been flourishing as the hip-hop tag team Run The Jewels. Four albums replete with brilliant bars and fine-tuned beats prove their dedicated audience welcomes the discourse on societal ills and thrills. Plus, a Grammy nomination as a unit adds to their acclaim.

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Rick Sackheim

Rick Sackheim

General Manager and Executive Vice President at Epic Records

Rick Sackheim

Last year, Rick Sackheim landed the title of General Manager and Executive Vice President at Epic, after working at Def Jam Recordings. Now he leads the way in the marketing, video production and publicity departments. His former 12-year stint at Sony Music includes the increased radio reach of Travis Scott and Future, making him more than equipped for his title upgrade.

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Tresa Sanders

Tresa Sanders

Founder and CEO of TreMedia

Tresa Sanders

Tresa Sanders has a diverse entertainment publicity, marketing and branding portfolio stretching back to 1991. She currently heads up her own TreMedia, growing her artists’ brands through placements on TV and coveted media. Tresa also co-manages iconic acts D’Angelo and Uncle Luke, and has lent her golden touch as a publicist to the likes of Jay-Z, Future and more. She’s also worked with many labels including Interscope Geffen A&M and Warner.

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Lenny

Lenny "Lenny S" Santiago

Senior Vice President at Roc Nation

Lenny "Lenny S" Santiago

Securing an SVP position at Jay-Z’s Roc Nation is what happens when Lenny “Lenny S” Santiago’s hard work paid off. Lenny left Bad Boy Records at its peak in the 1990s, and linked with a bubbling upstart called Roc-A-Fella Records. He has since contributed to the success of many of Roc-A-Fella and Roc Nation’s biggest stars while also managing Fabolous and DJ Khaled.

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Mona Scott-Young

Mona Scott-Young

Missy Elliott’s Manager; Executive Producer and CEO Monami Entertainment; CEO of
Monami Productions

Mona Scott-Young

If you’re a fan of VH1’s prized gem Love & Hip Hop, executive producer Mona Scott-Young is one of the people to thank for its more than 10-year run. She’s also had over 20 years in the music business, with many of those as a manager for Violator Management and her own management company, Monami Entertainment, through which she still works with Missy Elliott.

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Ghazi Shami

Ghazi Shami

CEO and Founder of Empire

Ghazi Shami

Before founding Empire in 2010, Ghazi Shami worked at a company building large-format servers. Since launching the San Francisco-based digital distribution venture, he’s operated as CEO, overseen releases from artists like the late XXXTentacion, Migos, Rich Homie Quan, Kendrick Lamar, Young Dolph, Key Glock, Yung Bleu, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Tyga and more, and even built custom software for internal use.

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Kevin Shivers

Kevin Shivers

Partner at
William Morris Endeavor

Kevin Shivers

Kevin Shivers has been one of WME’s most productive partners. Since joining the talent agency in 2008, Shivers has manned a roster of hip-hop heavy hitters including Nicki Minaj, Tyler, The Creator, Kid Cudi, Brockhampton and others. Shivers was also instrumental in helping Tyler grow the annual Camp Flog Gnaw Festival.

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Wassim

Wassim "Sal" Slaiby

Founder and CEO of Universal Arabic Music; Cofounder and CEO of XO Records; Founder
and CEO of SALXCO

Wassim "Sal" Slaiby

Wassim “Sal” Slaiby was inspired to enter the music industry by Belly, who Slaiby managed early on. As founder of SALXCO management company, Sal has led The Weeknd to superstardom. Sal also cofounded the singer’s XO Records. Doja Cat, Ty Dolla $ign and Metro Boomin are also thriving under Slaiby’s umbrella.

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Marsha St. Hubert

Marsha St. Hubert

Senior Vice President of Urban Marketing at Atlantic Records

Marsha St. Hubert

Over the past 20 years, Marsha St. Hubert has worked her way up from an intern to the A&R operations manager at Atlantic. She currently spearheads marketing at the label as Senior Vice President of Urban Marketing. Marsha focuses on campaigns for favorites like Gucci Mane, Cardi B, Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert and Wiz Khalifa, among others.

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Laura Stylez

Laura Stylez

Radio Personality on
Hot 97’s
Ebro in the Morning

Laura Stylez

Breaking into hip-hop radio by answering phones at Power 105.1, Laura Stylez eventually landed a dream gig at rival station Hot 97 as an Online Digital Producer in 2013. She’s now the first lady of Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning show alongside hosts Ebro Darden and Peter Rosenberg, and a respected voice on NYC radio.

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Arnold Taylor

Arnold Taylor

Founder of
South Coast Music Group

Arnold Taylor

The engine behind the label that made DaBaby a global star, South Coast Music Group founder Arnold Taylor has made the most of his experience at Def Jam Recordings, Interscope Records, Epic Records and Blackground Records over the last 20 years. Arnold hit a home run by signing DaBaby. Now, Toosii and Blacc Zacc are following suit.

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Gabe Tesoriero

Gabe Tesoriero

Executive Vice President of Media and Artist Relations at
Def Jam Recordings

Gabe Tesoriero

Gabe Tesoriero is known for being Kanye West’s publicist, a position he’s held throughout the rapper’s career. Since handling publicity for Roc-A-Fella Records via Def Jam in the early 2000s, Gabe has risen up the ranks at Def Jam, serving as Senior VP of Media and Artist Relations and is currently Executive VP of Media and Artist Relations.

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Bu Thiam

Bu Thiam

Kanye West’s Manager;
CEO of Bu Vision

Bu Thiam

Bu Thiam got his first taste of being an A&R in the early 2000s, by working with his brother Akon for Konvict Muzik. Bu went on to discover R&B legends Jeremih and T-Pain, became Def Jam Recordings’ youngest Vice President of A&R and helped usher Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne into the light, among many other wins. He’s now Ye’s manager.

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Pierre

Pierre "P" Thomas

CEO and Cofounder of
Quality Control Music

Pierre "P" Thomas

The self-described “first successful person in my family,” P has devoted himself as the CEO and Cofounder of the Quality Control Music empire alongside Dr. Kevin “Coach K” Lee since 2013. P oversees a talented roster of rappers that have become brands of their own: Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, City Girls and Lakeyah.

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Anthony

Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith

Founder and CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment

Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith

Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith’s acclaimed Top Dawg record label went on an undefeated run in rap in the 2010s, thanks to Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and Isaiah Rashad. Now in a new era, Top has secured acts like Reason and Zacari to maintain his imprint of higher power.

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TT Torrez

TT Torrez

Vice President of Artist and Label Relations at Hot 97

TT Torrez

A savvy radio industry veteran, TT Torrez has donned many hats during her 20-year career working the airwaves, including on-air host and music director at Hot 97. She’s now breaking barriers as the first woman of color to hold the position of Vice President of Artist and Label Relations at the storied radio station.

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Jeff Vaughn

Jeff Vaughn

Former Chairman
and CEO of
Capitol Music Group

Jeff Vaughn

As former Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records for nearly a decade, Jeff Vaughn signed or helped guide the careers of acts like YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Kevin Gates, NLE Choppa, Rico Nasty and Don Toliver. From 2020 to December of 2021, he held the title of Chairman and CEO of Capitol, working with Toosii, Capella Grey and more.

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Melissa Victor-Burkhardt

Melissa Victor-Burkhardt

Senior Vice President, Head of Publicity at
Epic Records

Melissa Victor-Burkhardt

Melissa Victor-Burkhardt went from Bad Boy Records intern in the early 2000s to assistant in Interscope Records’ publicity department. Stops at Arista Records, J Records and Virgin Records followed along with PR work for A-list artists. Melissa parlayed a gig as VP of Media and Artist Relations at Def Jam Recordings into running PR as Senior Vice President at Epic.

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Steven Victor

Steven Victor

CEO of Victor Victor Worldwide

Steven Victor

On top of managing stars like Pusha-T and The- Dream among others, Steven Victor has racked up extensive experience as COO of G.O.O.D. Music, SVP of A&R at Universal Music Group, plus EVP and Head of A&R at Def Jam Recordings. His own label, Victor Victor Worldwide, was home to the late Pop Smoke.

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Ebonie Ward

Ebonie Ward

Partner at Emagen

Ebonie Ward

Ebonie Ward began her career by promoting concerts while enrolled at Albany State University. From there, she eventually became Future’s assistant. Now she operates as a partner for management company Emagen and works on the careers of Gunna, Flo Milli, Turbo and Playmaker Production Collective.

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Wendy Washington

Wendy Washington

Founder and CEO
of TID Agency

Wendy Washington

A veteran publicity maven, Wendy Washington’s credentials include SVP of Public Relations for Universal and Motown Records, EVP of Publicity at Jive Records and heading marketing at Sony Music’s RED Associated labels. She’s worked with artists including OutKast, Chris Brown and Nelly, all of Cash Money Records and more. Since 2016, Wendy has run her own marketing firm, TID Agency.

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Orlando Wharton

Orlando Wharton

Senior Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records

Orlando Wharton

An industry veteran for 10 years, Orlando Wharton worked for Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles at 300 Entertainment, a stint that saw him sign Fetty Wap to the label. Orlando joined Atlantic’s team as Senior Vice President of A&R. While at Atlantic, he’s signed Kodak Black, PnB Rock and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

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Carolyn Williams

Carolyn Williams

Executive Vice President
at RCA Records

Carolyn Williams

Carolyn Williams’ commerce finesse, formerly applied in RCA’s urban marketing division and at J Records, has been used to grow the careers of artists like Childish Gambino and Brockhampton. Her additional emphasis on brand management has shaped her formula. Carolyn presently holds it down as Executive Vice President at RCA.

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Ronald

Ronald "Slim" Williams

Cofounder and Owner of
Cash Money Records

Ronald "Slim" Williams

The quieter owner of Cash Money Records and older brother of Birdman, Ronald “Slim” Williams has been leading the empire after its launch in the early 1990s. Slim helped create the Hot Boys empire that branched out to sprout solo careers of Lil Wayne and Juvenile, plus Drake, Nicki Minaj and many more.

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Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

CEO of Townsquare Media and
XXL Publisher

Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson got his start at Arista Records in the 1990s, working with artists like The Notorious B.I.G. During his SVP of Marketing tenure at BMG, he also locked in with OutKast and more. The Emmy Award-winning executive, who was once President at AOL Media, is now CEO of Townsquare Media (XXL’s parent company) and XXL Publisher, directing strategies for media brands and radio stations.

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Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood

Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood

Chief Content and Marketing Officer at SoundCloud

Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood

Transferring her experience as Instagram’s Head of Music Partnerships and Head of Digital at Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment, Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood joined SoundCloud in 2021. She now guides the streaming service’s artist development, industry relations and brand marketing strategies as Chief Content and Marketing Officer. The goal: Allow acts to remain independent while fueling long-term careers.

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Doc Wynter

Doc Wynter

President of Hip-Hop and R&B Programming Strategy at iHeartMedia; Program Director at
Real 92.3

Doc Wynter

With over 30 years in the game, programming vet Doc Wynter has been improving iHeartMedia radio by scouting worldwide on-air talents like Big Boy, Steve Harvey, Keith Sweat and more. The President of Hip-Hop and R&B Programming Strategy’s seasoned run also includes the undeniable rise of The Breakfast Club, hosted by Angela Yee, Charlamagne and DJ Envy.

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Nicole Wyskoarko

Nicole Wyskoarko

Executive Vice President/Co-Head of A&R at Interscope Geffen A&M

Nicole Wyskoarko

In 2020, industry veteran Nicole Wyskoarko took on the role of Executive Vice President/Co-Head of A&R at Interscope Geffen A&M, overseeing an A&R department that handles artists like the late Juice Wrld, Moneybagg Yo, Playboi Carti and more. She previously worked in UMG’s business and legal affairs department for over 15 years.

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Angela Yee

Angela Yee

Radio Personality on Power 105.1’s
The Breakfast Club

Angela Yee

Angela Yee has flourished as one of hip-hop’s leading voices in radio after cutting her teeth on satellite radio at Eminem’s Shade 45. As cohost of The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 since 2010, she has enjoyed award-winning success including an induction into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2020

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Caroline Yim

Caroline Yim

Partner/Co-Head
Hip-Hop/R&B at WME

Caroline Yim

After starting her career at MCA Records, Caroline Yim has turned into a premier music agent, steering a star-studded roster that includes Kendrick Lamar, Future, Anderson .Paak, Gunna, Rae Sremmurd and more at talent agency powerhouses ICM Partners and CAA. In 2021, she was appointed to Partner/Co-Head of Hip-Hop/R&B at WME.

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Yo Gotti

Yo Gotti

Artist; Entrepreneur

Yo Gotti

Memphis rap veteran Yo Gotti has had the streets on lock since 1996, with his debut album, Youngsta’s on a Come Up. Now, he’s more than 10 albums deep. Gotti has worked his way from just talent to music executive over the last 25 years, recently securing a partnership between his CMG empire and Interscope Records for his artists including Moneybagg Yo, 42 Dugg, EST Gee, Blocboy JB and Big Boogie.

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Chaka Zulu

Chaka Zulu

Co-CEO of Disturbing Tha Peace Records;
Co-CEO of Ebony Sun Entertainment

Chaka Zulu

Experienced manager Chaka Zulu helped cofound Disturbing Tha Peace Records in 1995. He’s a jack of all trades with over 30 years in hip-hop having worked with Ludacris, Jeezy, Swizz Beatz, Big K.R.I.T. and more. Chaka’s resume recently included being Head of Artist and Talent Relations at Spotify for two years. He’s also Co-CEO of Ebony Sun Entertainment.

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