Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music Becomes Official Under Def Jam

Kanye signs the papers to turn G.O.O.D. Music into an official label. No stopping 'em now...

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

It's official now! Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music has entered into an exclusive long-term worldwide label agreement with Island Def Jam Music Group, establishing the growing label as an official force in the industry.

The first G.O.O.D. Music release is the June 28 drop of Big Sean’s Finally Famous, establishing the Detroit native as G.O.O.D. Music’s flagship artist. Late last year, revered MC Mos Def signed with the organization as well. 

"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 and COO of Universal Motown Republic Group and IDJMG. "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."

G.O.O.D. Music has been described as a “family and like a production company." Last year, GLC clarified the workings of the arrangement to HipHopDX: “You get a distribution deal, and if you’re a G.O.O.D Music artist, then you come out on G.O.O.D Music and the distribution deal.”

Though his label is scaling its upward trajectory ever higher, Kanye will continue to serve sounds on Def Jam Records. “Kanye's genius has been proven time and time again on records and onstage," said Steve Bartels, President and COO of IDJMG. "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."