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Def Jam expected to make layoffs; Fires whole Roc La Familia staff

Posted By on May 10, 2007

After laying off several employees already this week, it is rumored that Island Def Jam will let go of around 40 people by Friday (May 11).

According to Billboard several layoffs happened early in the week on Monday (May 7) and Tuesday (May 8). Among those let go include IDJ's Senior National Director of Mixshow Promotions Crystal Isaacs, A&R manager Ray Romulus; an artist development staffer; a member of the creative department and the entire staff of Roc La Familia, which handled the label's international promotions.

In related news Island recently hired Jermaine Dupri in February, appointing him president of urban music. So far he has signed R&B group Jagged Edge and Compton rapper Hot Dollar to the label.