During a recent interview on Rap Radar’s podcast, L.A. Reid talked about what led to his decision to hire Jay Z as president of Def Jam in 2004. He recounted realizing that he “needed help” and asking the not-so-elusive-in-2004-chaunteuse Mariah Carey who he should hire. Reid said Carey insisted there was “only one person” she would hire for Def Jam, and that was Jay Z. As he recalled, her advice was “hire Jigga!”
He then goes on to say that Jay Z appeared in his office immediately after his conversation with Carey. “I was like wait, they choreographed this,” he said. “It was too good.”
Maybe in 11 years we’ll find out that Mariah Carey is also responsible for Tidal. Though, she’d probably take that one to the grave.