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Def Jam Recordings Sr. VP of A&R, Tuo Clark.

Def Jam Recordings Sr. VP of A&R, Tuo Clark.


Chicago is known to boast some awesome musical talent in front of the mic but many top level executives behind-the-scenes hail from the region as well. Nearly ten years ago, Tuo Clark took the leap into the world of production as one-half of famed production duo Da Internz. 

Creating countless hits later–he transitioned to VP of Def Jam Music almost two years ago.

Today, the announcement of his latest promotion, Senior Vice President, A&R, Def Jam Recordings, by Steve Bartels, CEO, Def Jam Recordings is a great indication of the label’s support of Clark’s contribution.  

According to Def Jam Recordings, he will oversee selected current and new artist projects – including Big Sean, Jeremih, Lil Durk and Trap Beckham among others – while actively seeking out, discovering and signing new and established talent to Def Jam.  Mr. Clark, who is based in Los Angeles, will report directly to Mr. Bartels.

“Tuo is an incredibly talented producer and a proven hitmaker,” said Steve Bartels. “His talent and energy extends itself beyond the studio; it’s felt throughout the artist and creative community and industry-wide. I’m excited to continue working closely with Tuo and our entire staff of gifted, young A&R executives to keep music & artists at the forefront of what we do.”

Of his appointment at Def Jam, Mr. Clark said, “I want to thank Steve Bartels for the continued opportunity to grow with this amazing team, doing what I love: making great, timeless music.”

Hailing from Harvey, IL in Chicago’s South Suburbs, Tuo Clark has spent nearly a decade as one-half of the six-time Grammy®-nominated duo Da Internz, working with multi-platinum chart-topping superstars Big Sean, Justin Bieber, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Nas, Ludacris, Trey Songz, and many others.


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