Jay & # 39; Jeezy & # 39; Jenkins, a Grammy-nominated, multi-Latin rap superstar, entrepreneur, philanthropist and media multi-hyphenate, recently renewed his contract with Def Jam Recordings.
Jeezy signed a multi-faceted contract with Def Jam Recordings as an artist to continue recording for the famous hip-hop label in anticipation of future album releases. He has been with the label for over 15 years when he signed a deal in 2005.
Jeff Harleston, Interim Chairman and CEO of Def Jam, also announced that he will take on a new role along with Jeezy's latest recording deal. Jeezy will serve as a senior advisor to the chairman on issues related to A&R and artist development. Jenkins, with over 20 years of experience in the music industry and entrepreneurship, will help the label with talent recruiting and development, A&R duties, and more.
"It is an honor to return to the label that I have had at home for 15 years, not only as an artist but also as an executive," said Jeezy in a written statement. “I've spent most of my career learning from trial and error. I'm excited to say I'm back on the team that helped me build my legacy from the street to the boardroom and nothing makes me more fulfilling than being able to help guide and add value to the world Next Generation. "
Jeezy has over a dozen RIAA gold, platinum and multiplatinum hits on his account and over 6.5 billion catalog streams and over 960 million views on his YouTube channel.
His business ventures include Defiance Fuel fitness water, which is currently launching a new sports drink in addition to its ultra hydration water, and Agency 99, its marketing and brand management company.
“Jeezy is so meaningful to Def Jam. its legacy, past, present and future, ”said Jeff Harleston. “Jeezy has always impressed me with his talent, tenacity, instinct, entrepreneurship and leadership. I firmly believe that I can trust artists, support them, disenfranchise them and involve them in the process. But of course Jeezy is so much more than an artist. He's a family. "