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Download Rick Ross' "Hood Billionaire" Available Everywhere Now!

Download Rick Ross’ new album “Hood Billionaire”, featuring “Movin Bass” ft. Jay-Z, “If They Knew” ft. K. Michelle and “Elvis Presley Blvd.” ft. Project Pat and more! Available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Now! Click here to download: http://smarturl.it/hoodbillionaire

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Download Iggy Azalea's "Reclassified" Available Everywhere Now!

Download Iggy Azalea’s new album “Reclassified”, featuring “Fancy”, “Black Widow”, “Work” and the new smash “Beg For It”. Available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Now! Click here to download: http://smarturl.it/reclassified

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Big K.R.I.T.'s "Cadillactica" Album Available Everywhere Now!

Download Big K.R.I.T.’s “Cadillactica” album featuring “Pay Attention” ft. Rico Love, “Cadillactica” & “Soul Food” ft. Raphael Saadiq, available everywhere now! Click here to download “Cadillactica” on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iCadillacticaDlx Click here to download “Cadillactica” on Google Play: http://smarturl.it/gCadillacticaDlx Click here to download “Cadillactica” on Amazon: http://geni.us/aCadillacticaDlx

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Download Teyana Taylor's "VII" Album Available Everywhere Now!

Download Teyana Taylor’s Debut Album ‘VII’ Now! Available on everywhere now! Feauring “Maybe” with Pusha T and Yo Gotti, “Do Not Disturb” featuring Chris Brown and more! http://smarturl.it/teyanavii

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Def Jam Recordings, Respect Mag & iHeartRadio Present: 30 Days, 30 DJ's, 30 Mixes!

November, the last month of the calendar with 30 days. This being our 30th anniversary, celebrating 30 years of a Dynasty; and “Respecting DJ’s Since 1984″ being the slogan underneath the iconic Def Jam Recordings logo since day 1, it’s only right we celebrate with 30 DJ’s! From all over the nation, providing 30 original…

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Since 1984: Jay-Z Released "The Dynasty" on Oct 31, 2000

On this day in Def Jam History Oct. 31, 2000, Jay-Z Released “The Dynasty: Roc La Familia” Album on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings. For more nostalgic posts like this one check out DefJam30.com

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Sisqo Talks to Complex about Dru Hill's Hit Songs

Sisqo recently sat with Complex for an edition of #TBT to discuss a few of Dru Hill’s hit songs such as “Sleeping in my Bed”, filming the video, meeting biggie and more. For more nostalgic posts like this, check out defjam30.com

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Since 1984: Nice And Smooth Perform on In Living Color Oct 27, 1991

On October 27, 1991, Nice & Smooth performed as the special music guest on Fox’s “In Living Color” comedy sketch show. Check out the performance of “Hip Hop Junkies” above. For more nostalgic posts like this one, check out defjam30.com

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Since 1984: The Movie "Paid In Full" was released on Oct. 25, 2002

On this day Oct. 25, 2002, cult classic “Paid In Full” is released on Roc-A-Fella Films featuring Cam’ron. “Paid in Full” is based on three friends Alpo Martinez, Rich Porter and Azie “AZ” Faison. Cam’ron plays as Rico, Mekhi Phifer plays as Mitch, and Ace is played by Wood Harris. Check out “Paid in Full”…

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Since 1984: The Movie "Krush Groove" was released on Oct. 25, 1985

On this day Oct 25, 1985 the movie “Krush Groove” was released in theaters. A good-humored account of the travails of a couple of young men running a rap record label, “Krush Groove” cast Rick Rubin as himself, Blair Underwood as “Russell Walker”, and Russell Simmons as a faintly menacing promoter named Crocket. It also…

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Since 1984: Onyx released "All We Got Iz Us" on Oct. 24, 1995

On this day Oct. 24 1995 in Def Jam history, Onyx released their second studio album “All We Got Iz Us” on Jam Master Jay Records/ Def Jam Recordings. For more nostalgic posts like this, check out DefJam30.com

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Since 1984: DMX releases "The Great Depression" Oct. 23, 2001 on Def Jam Recordings

On this day October 23, 2001 DMX released his fourth album “The Great Depression” on Ruff Ryders/Def Jam Recordings. It was DMX’s fourth consecutive album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. 439,000 copies were sold within the first week of the album’s release, and it was certified Platinum in December of…

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Since 1984: 3rd Bass release "The Cactus Album" on October 23rd, 1989

On this day October 23, 1989 3rd Bass released their debut album “The Cactus Album” on Def Jam Recordings. The album received positive reviews from the hip hop press, and the group gained some publicity by being arguably the second white group to achieve hip hop credibility, after the Beastie Boys. It was certified gold…

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Logic's "Under Pressure" Album Available Everywhere Now!

The time has come! #RattPack unite and download Logic’s debut album “Under Pressure”, available everywhere now! Click here to download the deluxe version of “Under Pressure” on iTunes. Click here to download the deluxe version of “Under Pressure” on Google Play. Click here to download the deluxe version of “Under Pressure” on Amazon.

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NY Times: For Def Jam, a Time-Traveling Tribute Names That Defined Hip-Hop, at the Barclays Center

By JON CARAMANICA Onstage at the Barclays Center on Thursday night, Erick Sermon — from the Long Island duo EPMD — reminded the crowd about how things were back in 1991. MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice were selling millions of albums by bringing hip-hop to the masses, outraging purists and threatening to change the course…

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Since 1984: Oct. 2018, 2005, Rev Run releases first solo album on RSMG/Def Jam

On this day in Def Jam History, Oct. 18, 2005 Rev Run released his first solo album “Distortion” on RSMG/Def Jam Recordings. For more nostalgic posts like this, check out defjam30.com

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Rolling Stone 'Dawn of Def Jam': Watch Rick Rubin Return to His NYU Dorm Room

In 1984, Def Jam Records, the label that defined hip-hop’s commercial and artistic potential, was born in a very unlikely location: a tiny New York University dorm room. Founder Rick Rubin — now a record-industry legend who’s shepherded the careers of everyone from Jay Z to the Red Hot Chili Peppers — hadn’t returned to…

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GQ Magazine Under the Influence: How Def Jam's Early Days Inspired this Season's Look

They were kids. We forget that. Today we know Def Jam as the giant it became, the artistic and spiritual home of guys like Jay Z, who was once president of the label, before Def Jam helped guys like Jay Z outgrow the need for a label at all. We know Def Jam as the…

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Since 1984: LL Cool J releases "Phenomenon" Oct. 14, 1997 on Def Jam Recordings

Since 1984: On this day Oct. 14, 1997, LL Cool J released his seventh album “Phenomenon” on Def Jam Recordings. The album went on to go certified platinum by the RIAA. For more nostalgic posts like this one, check out defjam30.com

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Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels Featured in Billboard Magazine

Def Jam Recordings CEO Steve Bartels featured in the latest #DefJam30 issue of Billboard Magazine, available now.

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Since 1984: Jay-Z Releases "Roc Boys" Oct. 10, 2007 on Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam Recordings.

On this day in Def Jam History, Oct. 10, 2007, Jay-Z released the first single to his “American Gangster” album “Roc Boys (And The Winner Is…)” on Roc-A-Fella Records/Def Jam Recordings. Check out the epic video for “Roc Boys” above featuring a slew of cameos. For more nostalgic posts like this one check out defjam30.com

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Since 1984: Ja Rule Releases "Rule 3:36" Oct. 10, 2000 on Murder Inc./Def Jam Recordings

On this day in Def Jam History, Oct. 10, 2000, Ja Rule released his second album “Rule 3:36” on Murder Inc./Def Jam Recordings. For more nostalgic posts like this one, check out defjam30.com

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Since 1984: Ludacris released "Chicken-N-Beer" on Oct. 7th, 2003

Chicken-n-Beer is the fourth studio album by American rapper Ludacris, released on October 7, 2003 through Disturbing tha Peace and Def Jam Recordings. The album’s production took place from 2002 to early 2003, and was handled by several record producers, including DJ Nasty & LVM, Kanye West, Mo B. Dick, DJ Paul, Juicy J and…

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Vince Staples "Hell Can Wait" Available Everywhere Now!

Get Vince Staples’ new EP “Hell Can Wait”, available everywhere now! Click here to download “Hell Can Wait” on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iHellCanWait Click here to download “Hell Can Wait” on Google Play: http://smarturl.it/gHellCanWait

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Rick Ross: Hood Billionaire

Rick Ross

Hood Billionaire

Download Rick Ross’ new album “Hood Billionaire”, Available Everywhere Now!

Iggy Azalea: Reclassified

Iggy Azalea

Reclassified

Download Iggy Azalea’s “Reclassified” available everywhere now!

Big K.R.I.T.: Cadillactica

Big K.R.I.T.

Cadillactica

Download Big K.R.I.T.’s ‘Cadillactica’ album available everywhere now!

Teyana Taylor: VII

Teyana Taylor

VII

Download Teyana Taylor’s “VII” album available everywhere now!

Logic: Under Pressure (Deluxe)

Logic

Under Pressure (Deluxe)

Download Logic’s debut album “Under Pressure”, Available everywhere now.

Logic: Under Pressure (Standard)

Logic

Under Pressure (Standard)

Pre-order Logic’s debut album “Under Pressure”, Available everywhere now!

Vince Staples: Hell Can Wait

Vince Staples

Hell Can Wait

Download Vince Staples’ debut EP “Hell Can Wait” available everywhere now!

Elijah Blake: Drift

Elijah Blake

Drift

Download Elijah Blake’s debut EP “Drift” Available Everywhere Now!

Jhené Aiko: Souled Out

Jhené Aiko

Souled Out

Download Jhene Aiko’s debut album, Souled Out now on iTunes, Amazon & Google Play!

Jeezy: Seen It All

Jeezy

Seen It All

Download Young Jeezy’s new album, Seen It All Available Everywhere Now!

Common: Nobody

Common

Nobody's Smiling

Download Common’s new album, “Nobody’s Smiling” on iTunes & Amazon!

Mariah Carey: Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse

Mariah Carey

Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse

Download Mariah Carey’s new album, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse on iTunes & Amazon

Afrojack: Forget The World

Afrojack

Forget The World

Download Afrojack’s debut album, “Forget The World” now on iTunes & Amazon!

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The Roots: ...and then you shoot your cousin.

The Roots

...and then you shoot your cousin.

The new album from The Roots’, available everywhere now.

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Iggy Azalea: The New Classic

Iggy Azalea

The New Classic

Iggy Azalea’s new album, “The New Classic” available now on iTunes!

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August Alsina: Testimony

August Alsina

Testimony

Download August Alsina’s debut album now on iTunes & Amazon!

YG: My Krazy Life

YG

My Krazy Life

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Rick Ross: Mastermind

Rick Ross

Mastermind

Download Rick Ross’ new album Mastermind available everywhere now!

Jhené Aiko: Sail Out EP

Jhené Aiko

Sail Out EP

Download Jhene Aiko’s brand new EP, “Sail Out” now on iTunes & Amazon

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Pusha T: My Name Is My Name

Pusha T

My Name Is My Name

Download Pusha T’s new album, ‘My Name Is My Name’ available on iTunes & Amazon now!

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2 Chainz: B.O.A.T.S II: Me Time

2 Chainz

B.O.A.T.S II: Me Time

Download 2 Chainz new album, ‘B.O.A.T.S II: Me Time’ now on iTunes!

Big Sean: Hall Of Fame

Big Sean

Hall Of Fame

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August Alsina: "Downtown: Life Under The Gun" EP

August Alsina

"Downtown: Life Under The Gun" EP

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Kanye West: Yeezus

Kanye West

Yeezus

Kanye West’s new album, “Yeezus”

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One time for XXL Magazine.

The cover of XXL Magazine’s “Def Jam 25″ issue featuring Def Jam Recordings roster from 1984 up to 2009.

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Beastie Boys. Amsterdam 1987.

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The Beastie Boys & Dust Bros

The Beastie Boys & Dust Bros in LA, 1988.

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Russell Simmons

  Russell Simmons at a photo shoot for for Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine. New York 1987

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Slick Rick

Russell Simmons at a photo shoot for for Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine. New York 1987

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Rick Rubin

  Rick Rubin at the Rush/Def Jam offices on Elizabeth Street. New York 1986

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Big Audio Dynamite's "The Bottom Line"

Zebra-patterned cover art, front and back, for Big Audio Dynamite’s “The Bottom Line” backed with “B.A.D.” 1985. Formed by guitarist-songwriter Mick Jones shortly after he and the Clash went their separate ways, Big Audio Dynamite turned to young Rick Rubin to provide additional production and a remix for their very first single. As a bonus,…

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Cey Adams & Adam Horovitz

  Cey Adams and Adam Horovitz. Daytona Beach, Florida 1987. The Beasties took a break from the Licensed to Ill tour to lend a hand during MTV’s broadcast of the annual spring break party in Daytona Beach.

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Laminated All-Access Backstage Pass For The Together Forever Tour, 1987

When Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys teamed up as coheadliners on the Together Forever arena tour, it was a big deal. Newsweek declared it “the explicit expression of the idea behind both groups’ huge crossover successes, Run-DMC’s with white rock fans and the Beasties’ with black rap fans.” But not everyone was delighted. The Cincinnati…

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LL Cool J & Russell Simmons

LL Cool J & Russell Simmons

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Big Sean & Common

Common and Big Sean on the set of “Diamonds”, Nobody’s Smiling Available July 22nd!

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DMX & Sisqo

DMX & Sisqo.

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DJ Questlove

DJ Questlove on the 1′s & 2′s at the DefJam.com Relaunch Party in 2013.

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Def Jam On The Cover Of New Music Express

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…

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Lyor Cohen, Andre Harrell, Percy Sutton and Jam Master Jay

Lyor Cohen, Andre Harrell, Percy Sutton and Jam Master Jay. Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. February 1986 #DefJam30 Sutton, an esteemed lawyer, political activist, and New York City office-holder, eventually branched into the media business. His firm, Inner City Broadcasting, bought the world-famous Apollo in 1983 and spearheaded its revitalization. This photo was taken…

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LL Cool J, Rick Rubin and Columbia Records Execs

LL Cool J, Rick Rubin and Columbia Records execs. New York, April 1986. Everyone was gathered at Columbia’s offices in midtown Manhattan to celebrate the certification of sales of more than half a million copies of Radio. On the far right is Steve Ralbovsky, the A&R rep who persuaded Columbia to go into business with Def…

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Public Enemy "Rebel Without A Pause"

“They can’t disable the power of my label!” Public Enemy “Rebel Without A Pause” 1988

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YG Performs At Irving Plaza In NYC

This past weekend, YG performed a sold out show at Irving Plaza in NYC for his “My Krazy Life” Tour. Here are some photos from the show courtesy of Jude Humeniuk. YG “My Krazy Life” Available Everywhere Now!

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Lyor Cohen, Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin

Lyor Cohen, Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin at the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter. Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur

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Lyor Cohen, Jon Bon Jovi, Rick Rubin

Lyor Cohen, Jon Bon Jovi, Rick Rubin. Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur

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The Junkyard Band (Washington D.C. 1986)

Photo Credit: Glen E. Friedman

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Jhene Aiko at Coachella 2014

Jhene Aiko and her daughter at Coachella 2014.

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Jhene Aiko & Kurupt

Jhene Aiko & Kurupt performing together at Coachella 2014.

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Nas & JAY Z

Nas & JAY Z at Coachella 2014. Photo Credit: Robin Harper

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