Paul Rosenberg
Birth namePaul D. Rosenberg
Born (1971-08-01) August 1, 1971 (age 49)
OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Music manager
Years active1997–present
Associated acts

Paul D. Rosenberg (born August 1, 1971) is an American music manager, current CEO of Goliath Records and former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, best known for his association with hip hop artist Eminem. He is also known for his associations with The Knux, DJ AM, Action Bronson, and pop punk band Blink-182.[1][2]


In addition to being a manager of several music acts, Rosenberg, along with Eminem, is also the co-founder of hip hop record label Shady Records, which was founded in 1999.[3] Rosenberg first became involved with Eminem in 1997, during the recording of the Slim Shady EP,[3] and has since been featured in a skit (titled "Paul" except on The Eminem Show, where it was called "Paul Rosenberg") on every album from The Slim Shady LP through Relapse, as well as Kamikaze, as a character concerned with the particular record, advising Eminem on steps to take and often ordering him to "tone down" the lyrics or scrap the album completely.[4][5][6] With Eminem, Rosenberg co-wrote every skit on the 2009 album Relapse.[7]

Rosenberg is affiliated with Deckstar and Lawrence Vavra, in addition with Steve Aoki and his label Dim Mak Records, working in the management area.[citation needed] Paul is a co-producer for Eminem's hip-hop radio station Shade 45, which is channel 45 on SiriusXM satellite radio.[citation needed] He became manager of New York City rapper Action Bronson in late 2012, getting him signed to Vice Records and then to his own management firm Goliath Artists.[8]

On March 23, 2013, Rosenberg added Detroit-based rapper Danny Brown to his management firm.[9]

In late 2015, Rosenberg also added enigmatic, anonymous rapper Spark Master Tape to his management Goliath Artists.[10]

In 2016, Rosenberg and Action Bronson along with Vice created the TV series Fuck, That's Delicious, for which Rosenberg acts as the executive producer.[11]

On August 1, 2017, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Def Jam Recordings, succeeding the current CEO, Steve Bartels. The transition took place in 2018.[12]

Rosenberg is Jewish.[13] He has been a resident of Alpine, New Jersey.[14]

February 21, 2020, Paul Rosenberg stepped down on his position as president in Def Jam [15][16] and announced the formation of Goliath Records, a joint venture label with Universal Music Group.[2]


  1. ^ David, Mark (2009-04-30). "Music Manager Paul Rosenberg Moving On". Variety. Retrieved 2019-12-31.
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  3. ^ a b Dave (August 29, 2005). ""Loyalty" - Paul Rosenberg Interview". Rap Basement. Retrieved May 27, 2009.
  4. ^ "Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP - Paul (Skit) - Track 4 - 2000". Youtube.
  5. ^ "Eminem Encore - Paul (Skit)". Youtube.
  6. ^ "The Eminem Show - Paul (Skit)". Youtube.
  7. ^ Relapse (Booklet). Eminem. Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records. 2009.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. ^ "Action Bronson Joins Goliath Artists Management, Home to Eminem". 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
  9. ^ "Danny Brown Signs Management Deal With Goliath Artists". 2013-03-23. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
  10. ^ "Paul Rosenberg announced the new addition to his management firm".
  11. ^ "Fuck, That's Delicious (TV Series 2016– )". Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Eminem's Manager Paul Rosenberg Named New CEO of Def Jam". Complex. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  13. ^ Hip-hip - the music where it's OK to be anti-Jewish, The JC
  14. ^ Zwain, Heather. "Alpine's Paul Rosenberg is named CEO of Def Jam Recordings", The Record, August 3, 2017. Accessed March 23, 2021. "Paul Rosenberg, record label executive who is renowned for the careers of artists including Eminem, 50 Cent and D12, among others, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Def Jam Recordings, Jan. 1. Rosenberg, who lives in Alpine, is the founder and CEO of Goliath Artists Inc., a New York-based management firm that handles the careers of global superstar Eminem, Danny Brown and others."
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  16. ^ Woods, Aleia (2020-02-23). "Paul Rosenberg steps down from his CEO position at Def Jam". REVOLT. Retrieved 2020-02-24.

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