Monday, January 26, 2004

Now this is interesting. Lyor Cohen is leaving Island/Def Jam to take the top spot at Warner. Lyor is an interesting blend: truly opportunistic creativity and the ability to play power games as well as anybody. He had to be remarkably savvy and determined in his youth to end up being a the only white kingpin in the black-dominated rap industry. He's not prefect and had a barely publicized, but still major, slip-up in December. And, now he's head of the second largest music company in the world at what may be the transition point between old-school and new. I wonder if he can see that the newest trend has nothing at all to do with what goes in your ears.

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