Shakir Stewart Passes Away

Def Jam executive VP Shakir Stewart has reportedly committed suicide yesterday. According to Gyant Scoop, he says “Everybody who I’m talking to is telling me that he was dealing with a a lot of pressure from higher ups at Def Jam.” Shakir had made headlines back in June 2008 when it was announced that he would be replacing Jay-Z position over at Def Jam. More details to come.

My condolences go out to the Stewart family.

The Future Of Def Jam?

L.A. Reid & Island Def Jam Music Group have announced today that Shakir Stewart will be taking the place of Jay-Z former position, President Of Def Jam Recordings. Shakir is taking a big leap from his former position, senior VP of A&R.

Shakir is now responsible to take on tasks such as igning new talent, overseeing producers and guiding the creative vision of the legendary label. Mr. Steward will have to report to L.A. Reid and Steve Bartels and will be responsible for all day-to-day events regarding Def Jam.

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