Akon’s Brother Abu Thiam Addresses False Rumors About His Boss Losing His Job

| November 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Abu Thiam, VP Def Jam Records

A couple of weeks ago there was talk about Island Def Jam boss LA Reid was about to be terminated from his cozy position at the label and while those rumors couldn’t be verified, Abu Thiam who is the brother to mega star Akon and and vice president over at Def Jam wanted to set the record straight about the false rumors. Some even speculated that his position at the label wasn’t safe either.

Bu stated according to Sandrarose.com;

“As an Island Def Jam Executive, and more importantly a music fan, the recent heat that LA Reid has come under, in my opinion is extremely whack! Everyday I’ve been getting calls from people asking “When is LA getting fired? or what happened to Def Jam?”

The ironic thing about this whole situation is that, over the last twenty five years there are few people more qualified to run a label. When I hear people say that LA can’t hear hit records, I wonder do they realize that LA’s produced over thirty number one singles…Or when people say LA can’t pick stars, do they realize that he signs, develops and creatively supports some of the most culturally significant artists of our generation, Usher, Pink, TLC, Justin Bieber, Avril, Outkast, Mariah, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Jeezy, Rick Ross, Nas and Kanye, to name a few. Or when people say that LA doesn’t care about anyone but himself, do they realize that he’s groomed some of the best executives and helped put the city of Atlanta on the musical map forever?”

In the end instead of adding to the drama, I think we should all stand up and support someone who’s given more opportunities to men and women in the music industry than anyone else in the business.

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