Don Cannon Named VP of A&R at Def Jam

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The Atlanta-based, Grammy-nominated producer has worked with Nas, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar and more.

Def Jam Recordings has named Don Cannon VP, A&R, according to a statement by Karen Kwak, EVP, head of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group. Mr. Cannon will oversee current and new artist projects, and will actively seek out, discover and sign new talent to the label.

Cannon will be based in Atlanta, and will report directly to Ms. Kwak and will work closely with Steve Bartels, president & COO, IDJ Music Group.

"Don Cannon is exactly the kind of multi-faceted producer and modern-day A&R executive who understands the Def Jam mission and culture and where we are headed for the future,” said Kwak in a statement.  “He has already worked with some of our most successful artists, and we look forward to the fresh talent he will bring to the label.”

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As a Grammy-nominated DJ and producer “DJ Don” Cannon has worked alongside artists that includes Nas, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, OutKast, T.I., the Game, 50 Cent and more.

“A music person can only dream about being at Def Jam, the most important  hip-hop destination in the world,” Cannon said in a statement.  “I'm already working 24/7 to drive the innovation of music forward and I'm confident we'll land some big successes in the very near future.”

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A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Cannon arrived in Atlanta as a student at HBCU Clark Atlanta University.  He co-hosted a show on Atlanta’s WHTA Hot 107.9, that helped to popularize the Gangsta Grillz mixtape series, and received Atlanta's Best DJ award from FOX-TV’s Good Day Atlanta.  He later founded Cannon Music, LLC, a full-service production and promotion company. 

In 2009, he produced the theme for Tyler Perry's Meet The Paynes sitcom.  Mr. Cannon also produced season theme songs for the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Thrashers, and placed Young Jeezy's “Circulate” in the national Belvedere Vodka campaign. Mr. Cannon has also served as Music Director of Sirius Satellite Radio’s Shade 45 channel.

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