Def Jam Exec Found Dead

- By Bossip Staff Categories: News, R.I.P.

Posted by Bossip Staff

Shakir Stewart reportedly committed suicide in Atlanta:

New York City-based Def Jam Recordings says that the executive that succeeded Jay-Z as the head of the legendary hip hop music label has died. The company said in a statement that executive vice president Shakir Stewart died on Saturday. The cause of death could not immediately be confirmed. Stewart signed such artists as Rick Ross and Young Jeezy to the label before being named in June to the post once filled by Jay-Z. In that role, Stewart oversaw the development of new talent, managed producers and guided the label’s vision. He traveled between Atlanta and New York for his job, and was a graduate of Morehouse College.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. R.I.P.


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  • Ashley

    thats so sad. r.i.p.

  • jakeylakey

    damn. whats up wit ’08

  • punkybrewster

    What is this world coming to??

  • The Bear (I bleed swagger)

    Dang… what a shame.

    We gotta remember that money and fame will still leave you feeling empty at the end of the day if we do not cultivate a relationship with God. What good is it for a man to gain the WHOLE world but loose his soul?

    Choose God today people!!!

    On another beat:

    I hope dude voted early before ending it all.

  • PHILLY DA BOS (in da 323 reppin for OBAMA) OWNER

    hmmn tracey…i second that

    good point.

  • KJ


    That aint cool nobody should be happy when someone dies. Why don’t you blame those weak minded individuals who believe what they see in the videos. I like to think that if a black woman or for that fact black man is carrying himself in a respectable manner then this hip hop stuff will be just music. Come on are we so shallow as blacks that we gotta blame the music. White people don’t blame rock and roll for their drug use in society.

    Look every rapper is not out to produce violence against women as a matter of fact half them ni**as aint even gangstas. Wow Ice Cube and Snoop live in the suburbs.

  • memchee

    that’s so terrible….my condolences to his family.

  • Wesley Dikes

    Anyone that commits suicide is a coward.

  • Sinsa

    a coward? suicide has been around from ancient times, are you WESLEY DIKES calling the ways of the samurai alike a coward?

  • MeLLoWMoOdd

    Well I’m not putting myself in the judgement seat of a dead man. Sometimes people feel like they are professional successes and personal failures. So just make sure the people in your life know that you value them. You never know what issues people are truly dealing with.


  • Dion

    That was a cool dude. RIP

  • TruthBeSpoken


    Your comments are your opinions and may have a few good points but at this time the comment was inappropriate. And you’re just as evil and cold hearted for display your thought at such as moment. Grown up and take your point to another or a later blog. Not on one the display the death of someone. Grown up….

  • Puppy Dick (Pissing Freely)

    @ TruthBeSpoken –

    Since when did the rule say that its inappropriate to state any opinion on a thread that displays the passing of a person. Plenty of candid comments were placed on the J Hudson family threads! You probably just need to remove the stick from your arse!

  • Lisa

    Goes to show that a wonderful degree, money and power can’t bring you happiness. I don’t know if he sought help or not, but it’s just so unfair to the ones that love him.

  • tweety

    y’all some ignorant people

  • 1TruDiva w/The PlatinumVocals got her Halloween revenge!!

    My heart aches for my people. I guess the money, fame, or success really doesn’t bring that happiness everyone’s chasing.

    Personally, I’m at a point in my life that–it’s no longer about happiness. Happiness can be such short lived–then you’re on another quest to find happiness again. It’s a cycle that repeats itself; much like a dog chasing its tail.

    I’d rather have peace of mind.

  • K.S.

    R.I.P. I met dude years ago. He was really humble and an overall cool dude. I believe he also signed Beyonce to her publishing deal.

    Anyways, very disappointing to hear. Tracey, unless you knew him and his stand point personally, I think you should moreso concern yourself with the state of mind of the consumers. How can you blame a young black man trying to get ahead in life?

    Peace & Blessings to his family!

  • ubetterwork

    Everybody on boards that met him said he was a nice person. He received Jay’s job. Seemed to have everything going for him. He got this far I doubt mental illness.


    May his family have peace. I wish I could say that I wish he was in a better place but I know he is NOT if he really committed suicide. He must have been really depressed. Why would someone so successful kill himself, we will never know.

  • Jamillah

    It’s an apparent suicide, which means it has not been confirmed as the cause of death. Supposed “suicides” always have to be investigated. Don’t pass judgment until you know more about his mental state and his lifestyle. R.I.P.

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  • FriendofShakir

    Hello to All on this blog,

    Kudos to all who have refrained from judging, though it is natural to wonder and ask questions when one takes his/her life. To clarify, unbeknownst to many at the present time, Shakir likely suffered from (multiple) strokes throughout the week preceding the tragedy. As one who was know to work ’27’ hours a day, Shakir’s health was the sacrifice, and ultimately his life. So a more appropriate discussion, it seems, would be the impact/importance of one’s overall heath, being cognizant of stress factors, amounts of rest, and ultimately, one’s spiritual relationship with God, who can save us from even ourselves. Prayer that people may come to know God, not judgement of the man, is what’s in order at this time. Thank you in advance for your well-wishes on behalf of his fiancee and two todder children.

  • kmarie

    shakir was a good person and we will miss him sooo much……we are praying for your soul…R.I.P.

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  • MeLLoWMoOdd

    @ jj proud jamaican…

    I was gonna say the same thing! LOL

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