We want to send a huge congrats to Don Cannon. It has been confirmed that he has been named Vice President of A&R at Def Jam Records. According to sources, he will still be based in Atlanta, and work closely to Steve Bartels, President & COO IDJ Music Group. It’s safe to assume that he will directly report to Karen Kwak.
— Def Jam Recordings (@DefJamRecords) July 8, 2013
“Don Cannon is exactly the kind of multi-faceted producer and modern-day A&R executive who understands the Def Jam mission and culture and where we are headed for the future,” said Ms. Kwak. “He has already worked with some of our most successful artists, and we look forward to the fresh talent he will bring to the label.”
“A music person can only dream about being at Def Jam, the most important hip-hop destination in the world,” said Mr. Cannon. “I feel I have a cutting edge vision for where the culture and hip-hop are heading and I’m excited to be joining the team. I’m already working 24/7 to drive the innovation of music forward and I’m confident we’ll land some big successes in the very near future.”