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Rick Ross Releases ‘Mastermind’ Album Trailer

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Yesterday Wednesday (October 9), YDBR exclusively reported that Rick Ross is releasing his sixth solo offering, Mastermind on December 17th via Maybach Music Group/Def Jam. Mastermind’s warm-up single “No Game” Ft. Future is now available on iTunes.

Today, the Miami Bawse releases the official trailer to his upcoming album, where he takes fans on a brief journey, reflects on his younger days and rise to becoming the multi-platinum recording artist that he is today.

The trailer kicks off with Ross interview from 1999, then runs through his career thus far, highlighting his Teflon Don album, single “B.M.F.,” performances and other exclusive footage.  Diddy, Jay-Z, Birdman, Wale, and Meek Mill appear in the trailer. Watch below:

Photos Credit: Rick Ross

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Rick Ross Releasing ‘Mastermind’ During The 2013 Holiday Season

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It’s going to be a great musical holiday season! Earlier in the year, Rick Ross announced that he will be releasing his sixth solo offering, Mastermind. The MMG bawse will release the project on December 17th via Maybach Music Group/Def Jam. Mastermind’s warm-up single “No Game” Ft. Future is now available on iTunes.

Are you copping the album?

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Inside Of Jeezy’s Atlanta Penthouse; He’s Putting It On The Market For $1.1 Million

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Rapper and CTE’s CEO Jeezy is putting his 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath Atlanta penthouse on the market for a whopping $1.1 million. The Def Jam rapper originally purchased the penthouse for $1,320,000 in 2007. Aside from 20 ft + ceilings and the Atlanta skyline views, the penthouse features a master closet which Jeezy filled with sneakers and jackets. There is also a private internal elevator to the 2nd floor owner’s suite which features a sitting area, custom window treatments with programmable remote control to open and close the blinds automatically. The master shower is very spacious with a wall of windows that shows views of Buckhead and downtown. The building amenities include 24-hour concierge and security, fitness and media room, Olympic size pool, bar business conference center and wine storage. Finally, the penthouse is completed with two large balconies. You can contact Realtor Francine at (404) 228-2691 to schedule a private showing.

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Sha Money XL Leaves Def Jam For Epic; Shawn “Pecas” Costner Named EVP Of Def Jam

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Gosh! The Def Jam umbrella continues to make some major changes! Back in March, Joie “IE” Manda left his spot as the President of Def Jam to take on a new position as President of Urban Music at Interscope Records. Yesterday, Monday (May 13), Sha Money XL, former SVP of A&R for Island Def Jam (he spearheaded 2 Chainz and Big K.R.I.T. projects) left his position after three years. He’s heading to Epic Records, where he has been named EVP of Urban A&R. There, he will oversee artist development and certain aspects of their recording processes, as well as being tasked with further development of Epic’s urban roster.

According to Billboard, In a statement, Epic chairman and CEO Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid stressed his confidence in Sha Money, saying that “Sha Money has time and again proven to be a cultural leader and has my complete support in ushering in the next generation of hip-hop stars,” write LA Reid in a statement.

As I embark on this new Epic journey,” remarked Sha Money, “I have a great vision for what the new record industry should be like, the music, the experience and lifestyle.”

Sha Money has also served as president of 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records.

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After three years of being SVP of Island Def Jam, earlier today Tuesday (May 14), it was announced that the label promoted Shawn “Pecas” Costner to EVP of Def Jam Recording. It was announced by Island Def Jam Music Group president and COO, Steve Bartels, in a statement. Costner duties will include being responsible for coordinating release schedules with artists, supporting new signings, as well as helping to “lock in and coordinate all frontline activities,” according to the release.

According to Billboard Biz, “Costner joined Island Def Jam eight years ago as VP of Lifestyle Promotion before being promoted to SVP in 2010. Prior to his time at Island Def Jam Coster had worked, in various capacities, for the promotions departments at V2 Records (director of Rap Promotions), Elektra and Arista (director of Urban Promotions for the Northeast Region).”

I am thrilled to announce this well-deserved promotion,” wrote Bartels.  “I have worked with Pecas for many years and have watched him grow significantly over that time.”

Def Jam is the greatest hip-hop label in the world and it is an honor and a privilege to work with such incredible artists every day,” wrote Mr. Costner. “I am appreciative of Steve Bartels for his leadership and his continued faith in me as we move the Def Jam brand into the future. With our talented staff, an unprecedented roster of superstars and an exciting crop of newcomers, we are poised to win big in 2013 and beyond.”

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Prominent Label Def Jam Honors Rihanna For Selling Over 100 Million Albums Worldwide

Multi-platinum pop recording artist Rihanna is shining like her latest single “Diamonds”. The other day, the Barbadian singer was awarded by prominent Hip-Hop label Def Jam, for reaching the 100 million mark. In seven short years, Riri has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. The plaque displayed each of her six albums, which have collectively sold more than 25 million worldwide. Riri also has 11 hits that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 under her belt and sold more than 60 million digital singles worldwide. Unapologetic arrives on November 19. The standard edition contains 14 tracks while the deluxe comes with 3 tracks songs in addition to a DVD. The bonus tracks include two remixes to Riri’s chart-topping single “Diamond” and a song titled “Half Of Me”. Chris Brown, Eminem, Future & Mikky Ekko are featured on the album. Riri accepted her plaque in a 90’s inspired outfit which included a reddish sheepskin coat layered over a camo jacket, blue denim jeans and Timberland boots.

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Def Jam Re-Releases Lil Reese’s Track “Traffic” As A New Single; Remix Featuring Young Jeezy Coming Soon

After the success of Lil Reese’s debut single “Traffic” Ft. Chief Keef, Def Jam has decided to re-release the track as a new single. The official remix featuring Young Jeezy will drop soon. Young Chop handled the production. Buy on iTunes and Amazon now. Back in April, Lil Reese signed a solo deal with Def Jam. Read the original story here! Listen to the audio below:

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2 Chainz Helps Def Jam Receive Their Third Number One Hip-Hop Album In One Month

This week rapper 2 Chainz gives prominent Hip-Hop label Island Def Jam (IDJ) their third number one Hip-Hop album in one month, and fourth number one album this summer. Nas ‘Life Is Good’, Rick Ross’ ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’ and Justin Bieber’s ‘Believe’ albums all debuted at number one on the Billboard top 200, while Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ debuted at number two. Combined they all helped the label sale over 1.6 million albums so far this summer.

Thanks to Barry Weiss (Chairman and CEO Island/Def Jam), Steve Bartels (President/COO Island Def Jam Music Group) and Joie Manda (President of Def Jam), IDJ is hotter than the middle of August. Tomorrow Wednesday (August 22), the label is expected to earn their third number one, chart-topping Hip Hop album in one month, thanks to 2 Chainz.

The College Park, Georgia native (2 Chainz) debut solo album ‘Based On A T.R.U. Story’ tops this week charts with 145,809 copies sold in the first week, according to Hits Daily Double. The album’s lead single “No Lie” Ft. Drake sold over 525,000 copies digitally and reached number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/hip-Hop Songs. His new album features a star-studded line-up including Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Drake and boasts productions from some hot producers. Once again, Def Jam sits at the top and 2 Chainz proves that hip-Hop still lives in the Dirty South.

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New Music: Def Jam’s Newest Signee K’La Releases “Blame” Ft. Nas

“K’LADef Jam’s newest signee has taken the time to make sure her debut makes the biggest splash possible. How big? I don’t know, how big is a Nas verse? Yeah, that’s pretty big. For her new single “Blame”K’LA grabs a Jerry Wonda instrumental that nods to classic R&B while still keeping things all the way 2012. The Gary, Indiana native lays down some enchanting vocals, letting the world know that her erratic behavior isn’t entirely her fault, a conniving man has driven her to the brink of insanity. And as for that Nas verse? Yeah, it’s everything you hoped it would be. Check it out and enjoy!”

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Based On A T.R.U. Story: 2 Chainz Speaks On His Album Cover

On August 14, rapper 2 Chainz will be releasing his debut solo LP, entitled Based On A T.R.U. Story. A couple of weeks ago, the Def Jam signee released the album artwork. The cover is simple; 2 Chainz wears two chains on the cover art. In an interview with Vibe, 2 Chainz said the cover was “an iconic cover and one of the best covers up to date.”

For the album artwork, 2 Chainz got very creative, with the help of Kanye West. The album cover was shot by photographer Fabien Montique for DONDA (Kanye West’s design house which is also named after his late mother, Donda West).

Do you have any thoughts about his album cover and are you looking forward to this disc?

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Official Album Artwork & Tracklisting: Big K.R.I.T. ‘Live From The Underground’

On June 5, Southern rapper Big K.R.I.T. will be releasing his debut LP, entitled Live From The Underground via Def Jam. The single “Yeah Dats Me” is currently in heavy rotations on urban radio stations across the country. The 16-track disc has collaborations with 2 Chainz, 8 Ball & MJG, Bun B, Anthony Hamilton and more.

“This is the artwork 4 my debut album “Live From The Underground”. It’s a representation of how I feel about underground vs mainstream music. At times I feel like mainstream music operates on a totally different planet. This illustrates how I’ve crash landed into the mainstream to bring the sounds from the underground back 2 the forefront. I want to thank everyone for all their support of my journey so far. Especially Team Big K.R.I.T. and my K4L supporters. I put twitter and facebookbackgrounds in here for y’all to put on your pages. Let’s make history on June 5th…”-Big K.R.I.T

1. LFU300MA (Intro)
2. Live From The Underground
3. Cool 3 Be Southern
4. I Got This
5. Money On The Floor feat. 8Ball & MJG and 2 Chainz
6. What U Mean feat. Ludacris
7. My Sub (Pt. 2: The Jackin’)
8. Don’t Let Me Down
9. Porchlight feat. Anthony Hamilton
10. Pull Up feat. Big Sant & Bun B
11. Yeah Dats Me
12. Hydroplaning feat. Devin The Dude
13. If I Fall feat. Melanie Fiona
14. Rich Dad, Poor Dad
15. Praying Man feat. B.B. King
16. Live From The Underground (Reprise) feat. Ms. Linnie

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