Published Nov 09, 2015Over the weekend, Pusha T delivered his own take on the Drake and Meek Mill beef-inducing track "R.I.C.O.," dropping his own freestyle version of the song on Dr. Dre's Beats 1 show. That's not all the rapper was up to this weekend, though — as Billboard reports, Pusha T has been named the president of G.O.O.D. Music.
The business move sees Pusha T stepping into the prestigious role, joined by his longtime manager Steven Victor as the head of A&R. Negotiations for the deal began four months ago, with a phone call from label founder Kanye West explaining that he wanted someone in charge who could "make it profitable and be very business-oriented about it going forward in a manicured type of way."
The Def Jam imprint was founded by West back in 2004, recruiting high-profile artists like John Legend, Common, Big Sean, Kid Kudi and Pusha T for the roster.
"I always look at it as an opportunity to help the team and I think that artistically, me and Kanye have the same vision," Pusha T told Billboard. "He respects me as an artist, a really manicured artist. I'm not out here shooting in the dark, doing any and every thing."
"He knows I'm outside all the time," he continued, discussing his knack for discovering new talent. "He knows that I'm of the people. He knows that I'm in those specific mixes of things that are bubbling up, whether it's online or before it even really gets hot online. He knows I study those different avenues."
As for West's role at the company going forward, the personnel shift will allow 'Ye to focus on being an executive producer.
"I think we'll be getting the best out of him, executive producing projects that come from the label from here on out because he gets to really hone in as a producer," Pusha T explained. "I'll take care of all the logistics, the rallying of the troops, and so on and so forth. He don't gotta be producer, A&R, rapper and everything. We're all here to help and facilitate. I'm definitely stepping up for the job."
Although he didn't offer up any specific details, Pusha T hasn't ruled out the possibility of a Cruel Summer compilation sequel, and doesn't foresee the new position affecting his ability to churn out his own new material "very shortly."
Read the full interview over at Billboard.