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Young Jeezy Named Atlantic Records Senior VP of A&R

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(Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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Young Jeezy has already taken over the streets and now he has plans for the boardroom. On Wednesday (Aug. 8), the Snowman rapper was named senior vice president of A&R at Atlantic Records.

The news was first reported by DJ Greg Street  of Atlanta’s V-103. This morning, Jeezy took to Twitter to confirm.

“From the streets to the Boardroom. SVP of A&R at Atlantic Records I am. Let’s Get it!” the platinum ATL rapper announced.

Before Jeezy acknowledged the move, the rapper’s production head DJ Folk gave a co-sign to the news.

According to reports, Jeezy will remain on the Def Jam roster. The ATL-based MC first came to prominence as the leader of the Southern Trap music movement, with his debut album Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. He has since evolved into a hit maker. Jeezy’s recent “Leave You Alone,” featuring R&B crooner Ne-Yo, peaked at no. 3 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Young Jeezy is not the first act to be given a high-ranking record label post. In 2004, Jay-Z was named president of Def Jam, a post he left in late 2007. And the aforementioned Ne-Yo was named Senior Vice President of A&R of Motown this year.

Back in April, the singer explained what it was like to be an artist and executive.

“There’s a whole advantage being an executive as an artist,” Ne-Yo said. “As I’m learning to dance, they are being patient with me in the process… I feel like they gave me the job because they feel like I know something about music—and I feel the same way.”  –Keith Murphy, CBS Local

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