CO-CEO OF BLUEPRINT GROUP/MAVERICK/PARTNER
Long before he started A&R-ing iconic and successful albums for everyone from T.I. and Lil’ Kim to Maino and G-Eazy, Jean Nelson’s story began in the Long Island neighborhood of Brentwood—home to EPMD and a stone’s throw from the stomping grounds of Rakim and Public Enemy. That burgeoning late eighties scene gave the President of the Blueprint Group/BPG Records a firsthand education in the music business during high school.
Managing and landing a deal for legendary rapper Craig Mack with Bad Boy Records, he became entrenched in the label’s historic movement. In 2000, Lil’ Kim tapped Jean to A&R her seminal chart-topping multiplatinum sophomore effort The Notorious K.I.M. In 2004, he was named Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records and simultaneously entered the fold at the full-service management and production company Hip Hop Since 1978founded by Gee Roberson and Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua. He went on to spearhead A&R for T.I., Plies, Maino, and many more at Atlantic, while working on projects for Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and others for Hip Hop Since 1978. He quietly became one of the most sought-after executives in the industry even serving as President of A&R at Geffen 2010-2012.
2012 saw Hip Hop Since 1978 evolve into The Blueprint Group. Jean would be instrumental in G-Eazy’s transformation into a superstar, handling A&R for 2014’s These Things Happen and overseeing A&R and serving as an Executive Producer for When It’s Dark Out 2015. In 2016, he’s immersed in projects for Marc E. Bassy and Belly and staunchly fixated on breaking the next era of music innovators.