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"G.O.O.D. Music is an exciting new chapter in the long and successful association of Kanye West and Island Def Jam," said Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Motown Republic Group, in a statement. "As a recording artist and a producer over the past eight years, there is no one who has made a greater impression on the game than Kanye. We look forward to working closely with the new and established artists that he will be bringing to G.O.O.D. Music, which is already off to an impressive start with Big Sean."
The first release under the new deal is Detroit rapper Big Sean's 'Finally Famous,' which was executive produced by Yeezy. Another G.O.O.D. Music affiliated artist, Common, just signed a new recording deal with Warner Bros. after being at Universal's Interscope Records for a number of years. Other G.O.O.D. Music artists include R&B signer John Legend and hip-hop artists Kid Cudi and Pusha T of the Clipse. But with the new label deal in place, all G.O.O.D. Music artists moving forward will be part of Def Jam, beginning with Big Sean.
"Kanye's genius has been proven time and time again on records and onstage," added Steve Bartels, President & COO of Island Def Jam Music Group. "He not only pours it out for himself, but he has made the difference with his presence on innumerable projects with other artists who are indebted to him. Kanye is an integral core member of the IDJ family, and G.O.O.D. Music continues his unselfish tradition of bringing along great new artists to the forefront."
Kanye West, who just won Best Male Hip-Hop Artist at this year's BET Awards, is still signed to Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings.