January 03: JAY-Z Takes Over at Def Jam. (2005)

January 03, 2005 – On This Date In Hip-Hop, Jay-Z took over as President and CEO of Def Jam… With Dame Dash, Biggs and JAY-Z selling their 50% of Roc-a-fella to Def Jam (Def Jam owned the other 50%), Jay’s new position would help him inherit control of the Roc after the split with Dame Dash.

A few artists weren’t feeling Jay’s position:

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