*Kanye West is adding a new, yet old face to his roster at G.O.O.D. Music (distributed by Def Jam).
Q-Tip just signed with the rapper and entrepreneur, and is expected to release his fourth solo album, “The Last Zulu” in 2013
“I’m excited to be a part of the great iconic Def Jam label,” Q-Tip added in the statement. “I’m humbled to be a part of such a storied history. To reconnect with Barry Weiss is a great thing. As far as G.O.O.D. Music, I’m excited to solidify my working relationship with Kanye, and I look forward to all the opportunities that lie ahead in our partnership. I will do my best to present the most cutting edge music I can.”
Barry Weiss, Universal Republic and Island Def Jam CEO, said in a press release that he’s excited to have the rapper back on his team. The two worked together in the past, so this serves as a reunion.
“He is a respected voice in the music community as shown by his acclaimed solo albums and countless contributions to the work of other artists,” Weiss. “His creativity continues to surpass all boundaries of hip-hop, R&B, pop, and jazz. We welcome Q-Tip to the G.O.O.D. Music / Island Def Jam family.”
*The release of Rick Ross’ next album “God Forgives, I Don’t” has been pushed to early 2012 after originally being scheduled to drop Dec. 13.
Island Def Jam senior vp of marketing Chris Atlas tells Billboard that the label hopes to release the album “around first quarter, early second quarter” of 2012, with an official release date still to be determined. Atlas says that the seizure Ross suffered while on a flight to Memphis, Tenn. in mid-October is part of the reason for the delay.
“I think we’re all aware of his recent health issue, and based on some of the minor setbacks with that, we weren’t able to confirm certain opportunities, because he physically wasn’t able to deal with certain things at the time,” says Atlas. “We want this to be his biggest album — we know it’s going to be his biggest album — so we did not want to pressure him into releasing an album based on the sake of a date.”
After the health scare last month, Ross canceled a scheduled concert date in Greensboro, N.C., citing health concerns. In an appearance on MTV’s “RapFix Live” on Wednesday (Nov. 16), Ross said that the Dec. 13 date was still “tentative,” and that, “If I wanted to, I’m pretty sure I could still meet that date.”
“You The Boss,” the Nicki Minaj-assisted single from “God Forgives, I Don’t,” is currently at No. 19 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, while another single, the Just Blaze-produced “I Love My Bitches,” is at No. 99 on the tally. Meanwhile, Wale’s “Ambition,” which was released on Ross’ Maybach label and was executive-produced by Ross, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 last week.
*Rihanna is reportedly set to serve as a guest judge on “The X Factor” sometime this season.
According to TMZ, the singer enjoyed her U.K. “X Factor” finale performance so much, that she — and series creator/star Simon Cowell — wants to hook up a second time. It helps that Rihanna is also signed to Island Def Jam, the Universal Music Group label that “X Factor” judge L.A. Reid ran from 2004 until March of this year.
Rihanna’s reps won’t confirm a booking, but in speaking with The Hollywood Reporter for an August cover story, Cowell emphasized that Reid is “expected to bring in stars.”
Reid is currently chairman and CEO of Sony-owned Epic Label Group, which counts Shakira and Sara Bareilles among its artists. Says Cowell: “L.A. is the most powerful music executive in the world right now. He brings star power with him.”
It was reported last month that Carey was scheduled to shoot her guest segments but was grounded in New York due to Hurricane Irene. Says an “X Factor” source, “It was disappointing, but they’ll work something out.”
Fox has not commented on any guest judge rumors insisting that viewers will find out soon enough. The show premieres on Sept. 21.
*Antonio “L.A.” Reid was officially named head of Epic Records on Monday, a long-expected move that was first reported in June.
Reid — who will also serve as a judge on Simon Cowell’s singing competition show “The X Factor” this fall — will carry the title of chairman-CEO. He previously headed Island Def Jam from 2004 to 2011.
The move has been seen as inevitable since March, when Reid stepped down from his chairman position at IDJ.
Epic Records, which has first dibs on “X Factor” performers, is a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. The label is expected to merge with Jive Records, which Reid will also oversee, according to Reuters.
*Just in time for the down stretch of the NBA playoffs, TyDolla$ (TD$) has released his debut solo single “All Star,” produced with West Coast bumpin’ bass and head-nodding rhythms featuring Swedish House Mafia and Joe Moses.
“All Star” was quickly picked-up by Los Angeles hip-hop radio station Power 106 FM and has received regular spins at more than 50 stations within its first month.
Sports fans at L.A. Lakers and San Antonio Spurs basketball games enjoyed an early release of the energetic hit. In fact, TD$ has just completed team-tailored remixes – NBA versions for the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma Thunder; and MLB versions for the L.A. Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamond Backs, Colorado Rockies and S.F. Giants. His remix for the Dodgers includes a shout out to centerfielder Matt Kemp.
The Los Angeles native achieved his most recent success with producing and featuring on Island Def Jam recording artist YG’s debut single “Toot It and Boot It.” The explosive popularity of the song was a surprise, albeit pleasant, to TD$. “It was a 5 minute beat… 808s, the hi hats and a snap,” he explained.
The success has opened the door for him to share more of his talents. Big Jon, president of EMI, signed TD$ to a publishing deal earlier this year; “All Star” was released; and his new mixed tape experience, “House on the Hill” will drop on May 2, 2011.
TD$’s musical history can be traced back to his days as a toddler.
“I’ve got photos from when I was 2 years old, just beating on the pillows with drumsticks. There’s also recordings of my beats back then,” said the self-taught musician. “I can play almost every instrument except horns- guitar, drums, bass, keys.”
TD$ continues a family legacy. His father, Tyrone Griffin, played keyboards and provided background vocals with the ’70s phenom group Lakeside.
Although undeniably West Coast, it’s obvious that you can’t put this artist into a box.
“I’ve never really adapted to a certain style, I just want to give the fans what they want.”
To that end, he believes that the future of hip-hop and rap will be fan driven.
“When they want more dance and house, it will be driven there. If they want to go back to drums and sampling, then it will go there. It’s whatever they want it to be.”
We expect big things from TD$ as he stretches his art.
*In an interview with Hot 97′s Angie Martinez Tuesday night, departing Island Def Jam CEO L.A. Reid confirmed that another label gig is in the works and he’ll be announcing his plans “in a little while.”
Reid, who signed on as a judge for Simon Cowell’s “X Factor,” told Martinez that he’s left the Universal building — “I’m packed up and I’m sad and I’m out” — and then spoke briefly about his plans.
“Listen, I’m nobody’s fool, I didn’t give up my day job,” he said. “I just left, I had to leave Universal Music Group and try my hat on someplace else, that we’ll announce, well… we’ll announce that in a little while.”
He confirmed Martinez’s question that he did not leave the label because he’s taking the “X Factor” job, saying the two were not directly connected. “It’s a little bit of a shift,” he said.
“You’re not done with me yet,” he stressed. “I’m telling you the truth: I have not been shipped off to TV land. I am a record executive and I shall be right there in your face with my records.”
There has been industry talk that Reid will join his former Universal boss Doug Morris, who takes over as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment on July 1.