Feb 4, 2011

Maybe I am on one of my overly sensitive tips when it comes to race, but can someone please explain to me why is a major record label classifying one of its departments as the 'Black Music' group?  Seriously, I cannot make this foolishness up.  Recently, Michael Kyser (pictured above) was named the first ever president of Black Music for the Atlantic Records Group.  Although I congratulate Michael on his accomplishment, I'm sure the brother worked hard for the position, I can't help but feel offended by the post he was given.  'Black Music' is how we are choosing to identify music in the year 2011?  'Urban' use to be the code word they used now they just forgot about that all together and said we're just going to say 'Black'.  Then if this is the case then pretty much all music should fall in this category because basically all of it got it's start from black people.  Is Jazz, Rock and Roll, and Blues going to be covered by the 'Black Music' group?  After all, it was black people who created all of these genres.  How about 'Pop' since we know that was pretty much the house that black people built as well.  It's always interesting how they want to separate things pertaining to black people out as though it's unrelatable to everyone.  They do this with books, movies, and with music.  It's just another trick of those in power.
******Me Stepping Off of My Soap Box******

Michael Kyser has been named the first-ever President of Black Music for the Atlantic Records Group.  The announcement was made today by Atlantic Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald and Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman.

Kyser, who began his music career two decades ago at Def Jam Recordings, joined Atlantic Records in 2004 as Executive Vice President of Urban Music. He is a longtime associate of Greenwald and Warner Music Group Vice Chairman and Chairman and CEO Lyor Cohen.

Greenwald said, "Kyser has been my trusted colleague and close friend for nearly 20 years, since we both joined Def Jam.  We grew up together in this business.  He has a deeper understanding of the urban music landscape than anyone in our industry. I am very proud to announce this much-deserved promotion."

Kyser said, "To say that this is a dream come true is an understatement.  The heritage of black music at Atlantic Records is second to none in this industry, and it is both humbling and thrilling to take on this new post at a label with such an amazing legacy.   I want to thank Julie and Lyor for the incredible encouragement, support, and belief they have shown me over our past two decades together, and Craig for welcoming me so enthusiastically into the Atlantic family.  We have a fantastic roster of talent, combined with the best staff in the business, and I'm looking forward to building on our achievements to take black music at Atlantic Records to new heights."


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