Eve, Def Jam and The Music - Friday 19th October 2007

*File photo* * JAY-Z TO STEP DOWN AS Def Jam PRESIDENT Rap mogul JAY-Z has stunned The Music world by announcing his decision to step down as Def Jam Records president in 2008. The hitmaker, real name Shawn Carter, retired from making music when he took the executive job in 2005. He has since returned to the charts, and now plans to release more material once his three-year contract expires in 2008. In a statement released on Christmas Eve (24Dec07), Jay-Z said, It's time for me to take on new challenges. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to build upon the Def Jam legacy, helping to move the company into a new era of artistic success. Jay-Z will remain one of Def Jam's top artists. (KL/WNWC/LJ) Jay-Z New York Premiere of 'American Gangster' at the Apollo Theater New York City, USA - 19.10.07 (3 images)

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