Introducing ‘Kevin Liles’ Def Jam’s Most Powerful Executive

Kevin Liles
The Powerful Secret Music Executive
Kevin Liles

The Powerful Secret Music Executive

Introducing ‘Kevin Liles’ Def Jam’s Most Powerful Executive

(Full Interview With Rap Radar Above) The powerful music industry executive was born on February 27th 1968 in Baltimore, Maryland (Pisces). He’s a record executive, investor, author, philanthropist, and co-founder of 300 Entertainment which is backed by “Google Venture” along with Lyor Cohen. Mr. Liles started his music career as a member of the “Baltimore-based Dj crew, Numarx and was credited with co-writing Milli Vanilli’s hit song “Girl You Know It’s True”.

Liles also is the author of the powerful book Make it Happen: the Hip Hop Generation’s Guide to Success.

He is also CEO of KWL Enterprises, a strategic holding company he founded in 2010 anchored by the brand and talent development firm, KWL Management. KWL Management works with entertainers, athletes and models to develop brands, forge partnerships, and cultivate successful careers. Notable clients include entertainers D’Angelo, Trey Songz, K. Michelle, and Jay Sean, among others.

Liles formed his sports agency, RSG, he and his partners guide the careers of a broad spectrum of élite athletes ranging from the NFL and NASCAR to gold-medal winning Olympians including Melvin Gordon, Jarvis Landry, Bubba Watson, Denny Hamlin, and Sanya Richards Ross. 300’s current artist roster include Fetty Wap, Highly Suspect, Conrad Sewell, Young Thug, and Coheed and Cambria, to name a few.

Def Jam Era

Kevin Liles started off as an intern and through dedicated hard work quickly rose to president of Def Jam Recordings and executive vice president of The Island Def Jam Music Group from 1999 to 2004. He served as executive vice president for Warner Music Group, working under his former Island Def Jam associate Lyor Cohen before stepping down as executive vice president of Warner Music Group to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors in September 2009.

He is married to Erika Liles. Kevin and Erika have 2 daughters; Geneviève & Valentina. He also has two children Kevin & Kayla from a previous relationship.

Philanthropic Endeavors

Most recently in 2015, he launched Minority Male Makers with Verizon to push young men in middle-school towards STEM careers. He is actively engaged in politics and consults with leaders at the local, national and international levels from localities like Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, New Jersey, and New York to extensive global support of President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s election and re-election efforts to consulting with leaders in the United Kingdom, France, Rwanda and Tanzania.

For his global work on education and entrepreneurship, in 2010, he was awarded the Medaille de la Ville de Paris, the highest honor an individual can receive for contributions to Parisian culture. Most recently, he received an honorary doctorate of law from Morgan State University, his Alma Mater.

Based on Celebrity Networth, Kevin Liles is worth around $60 Million USD

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