Def Jam affiliate and founder of Corporate Thugz Entertainment, rapper Young Jeezy, handpicked Florida based legend DJ Bigga Rankin to head his growing label. With over 20 years of experience in the music business, Rankin will oversee both talent recruitment and development as the head of A&R, as well as hold the official title of Vice President of CTE.
Hugely recognized throughout the underground rap scene, Rankin has been a powerful influence among artists like Plies, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross as well as Jeezy. Rankin's RNR Mixtapes along with Real Nigga Radio is mainstream throughout the southeast and has helped many artists with exposure.
Also an entrepreneur, Rankin is VP of Hittemen Deejays, President of Slip-N-Slide Streets, and a member of Core Deejays, the world's largest deejay organization, in addition to several other networks. His respective awards range from Upstart Record Pool's Lifetime Achievement Award to Hood Magazine's On-The-Grind Award.
With the help of Rankin, Jeezy will continue to develop his Atlanta based label, which currently represents up and comings artists like Blood Raw and Slick Pulla. Jeezy is currently working on his fourth studio album, Thug Motivation 103, which is expected to feature a slew of major recording artists like Jay-Z, Ludacris, T.I., Game, Fabolous and Lil Wayne, along with production by Just Blaze, Kanye West and more.
Thug Motivation is slated to drop in 2010 via Def Jam Recordings.