In proud celebration of Women’s History Month, The Women of Def Jam – a 24-track compilation showcasing some of the greatest female artists in the storied history of the world’s premier hip-hop record label – arrives at all platforms today via Def Jam Recordings.
Also available as a collector’s edition Triple-LP box set, The Women of Def Jam features a who’s who of legendary, lauded, platinum-selling and Grammy-winning artists, from Nikki D, Foxy Brown, Boss, and Ashanti, to Amerie, Teyana Taylor, Alessia Cara, Rapsody, Jhené Aiko, and more.
A first-time ever collection in tribute to the women whose music has dominated hip-hop and R&B from the 90s to the present, The Women of Def Jam pays long-overdue homage to the record label whose staff, at every level, comprises the most inclusive and diverse group of female executives in the industry today.
“There are so many amazing stories to tell about Def Jam today and how women have been positioned across the company,” says Tunji Balogun, Chairman & CEO, Def Jam Recordings. Indeed, Def Jam is home to one of the most inclusive and diverse group of female executives in the industry. Over half of the Def Jam staff are women, including seven women of color in senior executive positions. Two of the three executive leaders are women. Of ten department heads, eight are women.
For the first time since 2007, Def Jam has an all-female Marketing staff. Additionally, Def Jam has never had as many women on its A&R staff as it does today. “All of which is to say,” Balogun concludes, “there is a lot to celebrate at Def Jam for Women’s History Month.”
“We’re incredibly proud of this dynamic group of leaders and future leaders,” said Def Jam EVP/GM Nicki Farag and Def Jam EVP/President 4th & Broadway LaTrice Burnette. “Def Jam has always been about setting the tone and leading the culture. The women of Def Jam are doing that every day.”