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Irv Gotti Loses Def Jam Presidential Bid To Fellow Industry Veteran

Surprised? No

By Richard Gilzene on Thursday 15th March 2012 Photo by Flashpoint / WENN.com

Irv Gotti's dreams of becoming president of Def Jam have been ended after the legendary label appointed industry veteran Joie Manda to the position.

Island Def Jam CEO Barry Weiss announced the move yesterday, having poached Manda from Warner Bros. Records at which the executive had masterminded the signings of Common and Maybach Music Group.

"As we look to expand Def Jam and our creative urban music activities even further, there is no one better to lead them than Joie," Weiss said in a statement.

"He has emerged as one of the most respected young executives in today's Urban music landscape, possessing all the qualifications and experience that are essential to run Def Jam, the world's most important hip-hop destination."

The news will hurt former Murder Inc. CEO Irv Gotti, who's spent most of the past year trying to build support for his run as prez after criticising the label for negelecting the position.

Speaking in an interview earlier this year, Gotti said: "I shouldn't even comment on it because it gets me angry because there hasn't been a president since [Jay-Z], really."

"I'm from Hollis, Queens so Def Jam was my inspiration to have Murder Inc. and just for them to not have no one being president there, even after we hoot and hollered, I wanted it so bad, not even for the money or nothing. I just love the culture and Def Jam is the light of the culture."

"So to have no one there, the powers that be don't care. They don't care about my culture."

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