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vice president , record executive , president of Def

Kevin Liles, music company executive. Named to Power 150, Ebony magazine, 2008; recipient Vibe award, Power Broker of Year, 2005.


Liles, Kevin was born on February 27, 1968 in Baltimore.


He graduated from Woodlawn High School.


Member group Numarx, 1989—1991. Co-founder, co-president Marx Brothers Records, 1991—1992. Intern Def Jam Records, 1992, general manager promotions, 1994—1996, general manager, vice president promotions, 1996—1998, president, 1998—2004.

Executive vice president Island Def Jam Music Group, 2002—2004, Warner Music Group, 2004—2009, consultant, since 2009.


  • Other Work

    • Writer: songs Girl You Know It's True (performed by Milli Vanilli). Author (with Sammantha Marshall): Make It Happen: The Hip Hop Generation Guide to Success, 2005.


Liles began his music career as a member of the Baltimore-based DJ crew, Numarx and is credited with co-writing "Girl You Know It's True," which was first recorded by Numarx but later became a massive first hit for Milli Vanilli.


3 children.