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Def Jam On The Cover Of New Music Express

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Def Jam on the cover of New Music Express May 9, 1987.
Published weekly since 1952, the NME is a bulwark of British music journalism. In the mid-1980′s, the paper was plagued by “hip-hop wars,” during which, according to wikipedia, “the staff was split between those who wanted to write about hip-hop, a genre that was relatively new to the U.K., and those who wanted to stick to rock music.” This particular week, hip-hop won. The intro to the cover story read, “With their label gone mega and even greater triumphs planned, Def Jam mainmen Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons currently combine the Midas touch with the public profiles of Berry Gordy, Cecil B. Demile, and God Almighty!”