DJ Khaled’s cronyism is killing Def Jam South

Throughout DJ Khaled’s career, he has been so focused on trying to promote his cronies that his crony politics are now affecting other artists on the label.

DJ Khaled is known to strongly support artists from Florida. This isn’t debatable. However, ever since Cash Money relocated to Miami sans Hurricane Katrina, Khaled Khaled has been strongly supporting and collaborating with artists from Cash Money more frequently than his own artists. It’s no surprise that they later signed him to Cash Money – lets not pretend this isn’t a massive conflict of interest.

At the end of the day, the septagenarian executives at Island/Def Jam need to face reality. What in the world are they gaining from having DJ Khaled as Def Jam South President?

Life Before DJ Khaled: 2006 to 2009

Rick Ross – The Boss: Platinum

Rick Ross – Hustlin: Platinum

Rick Ross – Trilla: Gold

Rick Ross – Port of Miami: Gold

Ludacris – Theater of The Mind: Gold

Ludacris – Release Therapy – Platinum – 2 platinum single

Young Jeezy: The Recession: Platinum

Young Jeezy: The Inspiration – Platinum – 2 platinum singles

Young Jeezy: Put On – Platinum

Life Under DJ Khaled – 2009 to present

Rick Ross: Deeper Than Rap – uncertified

Rick Ross: Teflon Don – Gold

Rick Ross: Aston Martin Music – Gold

Triple C’s – moved under 50000 copies after 2 years

Ace Hood – 2 uncertified albums

Jeezy: No releases

Ludacris: Battle of the Sexes – Gold – 2 platinum singles


Where is the growth? All he’s done is make it easier for himself to sell albums for Koch, and get features from Def Jam cleared for his albums.


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Posted on August 25, 2011, in Music Industry, Record Labels and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Far from me to defend Khaled, but didn’t record sales took a nosedive in 2009 ?

  2. yes, but so did the price of music

  3. Conflict of interest, no. These guys are all under the same umbrella(universal). Khaled is a figure head exec. What I find fascinatinating is how he got def jam to releas a third ace hood album after the first 2 flopped. I can’t think of an artist on a major to get a third album after the first 2 flopped. Ive never heard a dj khaled album but I respect his hustle, dude seems like an extremely hard worker.

    Don’t tell anybody you saw me.

  4. If there is so much cronyism, how come there are NO brand new young artist coming through on a major way from the south? If DJ was so plugged into the south, @wedabest should be able to promote more cheap talent out besides #uknowuacehood.

    At this point @D4Lcarlos might be able to make more of an impact down south with @curtis help.

    (I make up @names because PEOPLE SEARCH for THEMSELVES EVERY DAY)


  5. Wait, who runs Def Jam?

    What is Sha Money role over there?

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