Gee Roberson Appointed Chairman Of Geffen Records

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Another win for the culture. From Billboard:

Gee Roberson — co-CEO of Hip-Hop Since 1978, the management firm that handles Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and others — has been named chairman of Geffen Records, a move that Billboard.Biz reported was in the works last week. He will report to Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine.

Based in New York, Roberson will oversee the creative direction and operations of Geffen Records, with a special focus on discovering and nurturing new artists. He will also be charged with expanding the reach of the label into numerous areas, including digital direct-to-consumer, merchandising, touring and management, according to a press release.

“Gee has a unique combination of talents that the music industry really needs running a record company today,” Iovine said in a statement.

Roberson began his music industry career under the tutelage of Jay-Z at Roc-A-Fella Records, where he rose to senior VP of A&R. He later moved to Atlantic Records as senior VP of A&R, heading up the label’s urban music division.

It was unclear at press time whether Roberson will continue in his role at Hip Hop since 1978.

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