L.A. Reid Passed On Signing Kanye West & John Legend

Written by on May 21, 2020

By now, you’ve got heard of On The File, the earthshattering documentary detailing allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct in opposition to Russell Simmons. Because the months have progressed and extra details about the controversial movie has been revealed, Simmons has continued to categorically deny the allegations earlier than him. Whereas his title has been paraded in headlines in his attachment to One The File, there hasn’t been as a lot recognition positioned on one other music business nice who stands accused of sexual misconduct as effectively: L.A. Reid.

L.A. Reid, Russell Simmons, On The Record
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On The File‘s important particular person of curiosity is Drew Dixon, a former music business government who labored with hip hop legends in her heyday. The movie follows her profession as she labored from the underside to turning into the Director of A&R at Def Jam, however after she alleged Russell Simmons raped her, she quickly left the label. Within the movie, Dixon says she took a while to search out herself after feeling destroyed from the alleged assault, then she met Clive Davis and acquired a job over at Arista Data because the Senior Director of A&R.

She thrived there, even serving to to construct hits with Lauryn Hill and Whitney Houston, however throughout her tenure, Clive stepped down and L.A. Reid took his place. What adopted, in keeping with Dixon, had been behaviors that she says mirrored a lot of the sexual harassment she endured at Def Jam. She claims that after she rejected Reid’s advances, notably refusing to satisfy up with him on the swanky 4 Seasons lodge, he grew to become merciless and unwilling to even contemplate artists that she knew had been hitmakers. Two of these skills had been allegedly Kanye West and John Legend.

“I auditioned Kanye West, and never solely did he go on Kanye, L.A. Reid dressed me down in entrance of your entire A&R division,” Drew Dixon recalled within the movie. She went on to say that for 45 minutes Reid embarrassed her in entrance of her colleagues and known as her Kanye pitch a “waste of [his] time.” In the long run, Dixon requested Reid if she might exit into the hallway and provides Ye the dangerous information.

Kanye West, John Legend
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“I keep in mind, I introduced Kanye into my workplace, he had tears in his eyes,” she mentioned. “I mentioned, let me let you know one thing. You are gonna get a deal. You are gonna win Grammys. You are gonna look again on this. You are gonna snigger. Promise you.” The final artist she tried to get Reid to signal earlier than in the end quitting the business altogether was John Legend. Like Kanye, Reid allegedly handed on the EGOT crooner due to what Dixon describes as his spite for her. They reportedly rented a personal live performance house for Legend to follow in hopes of delivering his finest efficiency pitch to the high-powered music government, however on the final minute, Dixon says Reid instructed her he “did not wish to go, and he instructed the senior employees to not go. He handed on him.”

Each Simmons and Reid have denied any accusations of sexual misconduct. On The File debuts on HBO Max on Could 27.

Supply: HotNewHipHop

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