Alot of people seem to think Jay-Z is doing a mediocre job in his role as President of Def Jam Records. I disagree. I think Def Jam has had a hell of year as far the quality of the material they're putting out and the commercial and critical success of that material. You can hate Jay and credit LA Reid all you want, but with the two top Grammy contenders on their roster, it's hard to argue that the label is having a bad year, no matter who's responsible. You also have to take into account that it's Hov's first year in a position that even a seasoned music exec might find intimidating.
That said, I still feel like President Carter has some serious explaining to do to his faithful constituents such as myself. Remember when the name Def jam brought to mind names like LL Cool J, DMX, and Method Man? While I'm glad Mariah and Jeezy had great years, they aren't exactly the types of artists that expect to be repping the legendary logo. If I want Dirty South trap music and sugar coated r&b pop music I'll turn on the radio, but when I look at a Def Jam release schedule I expect to see names like Redman, Ghostface, and Joe Buddens, not Rhianna, Teairra Marie, and Ne-Yo.