25 Influential Black Music Execs

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  • Mathew Knowles
  • J. Prince
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  • Smokey Robinson
  • Joe Jackson
  • Mona Scott-Young
  • Kedar Massenburg
  • Steve Stoute
  • RZA
  • Cathy Hughes
  • Jermaine Dupri
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  • RZA, Jay-Z, Diddy
  • Chris Lighty
  • Russell Simmons
  • Master P
  • Jay-Z
  • Berry Gordy
  • Antonio "L.A." Reid
  • Sylvia Robinson
  • Damon Dash
  • Suge Knight
  • Eazy E
  • Birdman
  • Dr. Dre
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs
  • Sylvia Rhone

Kevin Liles

Kevin Liles has served as president of Def Jam Recordings from 1998 to 2002, where he helped revenues double and helped artists, including Ludacris and Ja Rule, become stars. He later became executive vice president at Island Def Jam Music Group and Warner Music Group.

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