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Def Jam 30

VFiles & Def Jam Recordings Launch DJ Championships In Celebration of Def Jam 30!

VFILES – known for finding the next big thing and shining a spotlight on creative youth brands (including Hood By Air and more) – announce the first ever VFILES DJ Championships in partnership with Def Jam Recordings and in celebration of the iconic label’s 30th anniversary: #DefJam30.The VFILES DJ Championships will be the first ever…

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Since 1984: Slick Rick Released His Second Album, "The Ruler's Back" On Def Jam Recordings

On this day, July 2, 1991, Slick Rick releases his second album, “The Ruler’s Back” on Def Jam Recordings.

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Since 1984: G.O.O.D. Music Performs At The BET Awards 2012

On this day, in 2012, Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz performed “Mercy” at the BET Awards 2012. Check out the performance above.

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Since 1984: Ace Hood Released His Second Album, "Ruthless" On Def Jam Recordings

On this day, June 30, 2009, Ace Hood released his second album, “Ruthless” on Def Jam Recordings. Below, you can listen to the album in it’s entirety.

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Since 1984: Def Sqaud Released Their Debut Album, "El Niño" On Def Jam Recordings

On this day, June 30, 1998, Def Squad released their debut album, “El Niño” On Def Jam Recordings. What’s your favorite record off this album? Let us know below.

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Since 1984: 2 Chainz Performs "Feds Watching" At The BET Awards 2013

On this day, June 30, 2013, 2 Chainz performed his single, “Feds Watching” at the BET Awards 2013. He also assisted A$AP Rocky with his track, “F*cking Problems” live! Check out the performance above.

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Since 1984: LL Cool J On American Bandstand In 1986

Check out LL Cool J on American Bandstand with Dick Clark back in 1986. Watch the interview above.

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Since 1984: Ne-Yo Performs "Closer" At The BET Awards 2008

On this day, June 27, 2008, Ne-Yo was one of the special guests of the night at The BET Awards 2008. Up top you can check out his performance of his hit single, “Closer”.

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Since 1984: Young Jeezy Performs "Put On" With Kanye West At The BET Awards 2008

On this day, June 27, 2008, Young Jeezy performed his hit single, “Put On’ at the BET Awards 2008, with some help from Kanye West! Check out the performance above!  

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Since 1984: Rick Ross Performs At The BET Awards 2011

On this day in 2011, Rick Ross was one of the special guests of the night at The BET Awards 2011 and performed his track, “Aston Martin Music” as well as bringing out Ace Hood to perform their remix to “Hustle Hard”. Check out the clip above. †rick

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Since 1984: Big Sean Performs At The BET Awards 2011

On this day, June 26, 2011, Big Sean performed his hit single, “My Last” featuring Chris Brown, at The BET Awards 2011. Check out the clips above.    

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Since 1984: Beanie Sigel Released His Second Album, "The Reason" On Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings

Since 1984: On this day, June 26, 2001, Beanie Sigel released his second album, “The Reason” on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings.

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Zane Lowe Interviews Rick Rubin

Zane Lowe recently sat down with the legend himself, Rick Rubin for an hour long interview. During their converstaion, he speaks on working with Kanye West on Yeezus, Def Jam Recordings and much more. Take a look at the full interview above. Check out more Rick Rubin at DefJam30.com

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Since 1984: The Roots Released Their Ninth Album, "How I Got Over" On Def Jam Recordings

On this day, June, 22, 2010, The Roots released their ninth album, “How I Got Over” on Def Jam Recordings!  

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Since 1984: Chrisette Michele Released Her Debut Album, "I Am" On Def Jam Recordings

On this day, June 19, 2007, Chrisette Michele released her debut album, I Am on Def Jam Recordings.

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Since 1984: 3rd Bass Released "Derelicts of Dialect" on Def Jam Recordings

On this day, June 18, 1991, 3rd Bass released their second album, “Derelicts of Dialect” on Def Jam Recordings. Can you tell us your favorite track off this album? Let us know in the comment section.

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Kevin Liles on Juan Epstein Podcast

Kevin Liles was a recent guest on the ‘Juan Epstein’ podcast with Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds of HOT97. They discussed his time at Def Jam Recordings and Russell Simmons even tells the story of Kevin’s rise from intern to President briefly in the beginning of the podcast. Check it out. For more Def Jam…

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Since 1984: Case's "Open Letter" Certified Gold

On this day, June 12, 2001, Case’s album, “Open Letter” was certified Gold!

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Since 1984: Fabolous Released His Fourth Album, "From Nothin' to Somethin'" On Def Jam Recordings

On this day, June 12, 2007, Fabolous released his fourth album, “From Nothin’ to Somethin’” on Def Jam Recordings. Take a listen to the album below on Spotify and let us know what your favorite track is.

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Since 1984: Joe Budden Released His Self Titled Debut Album On Def Jam Recordings

On this day, June 10, 2003, Joe Budden released his self titled debut album on Def Jam Recordings. What do you think is the most memorable track from this album? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Since 1984: Warren G Released His Debut Album, "Regulate... G Funk Era" On Def Jam Recordings

On this day, June 7, 1994, Warren G released his debut album, “Regulate…G Funk Era” on Def Jam Recordings. What was your favorite album from Warren G? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Since 1984: LL Cool J Releases His Third Album, "Walking with a Panther" On Def Jam Recordings

On this day, June 6th, 1989, LL Cool J released his third album, “Walking with a Panther” on Def Jam Recordings. Anybody have a favorite track off this album? Let us know in the comments below.

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Since 1984: Shawnna Released Her Second Album, "Block Music" On Def Jam Recordings

On this day, June 6, 2006, Shawnna released her second album, “Block Music” on Def Jam Recordings. Below in the comment section, let us know what your favorite record is!

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Since 1984: Big K.R.I.T. Released His Debut Album, "Live from the Underground" On Def Jam Recordings

On this day, June 5, 2012, Big K.R.I.T. released his debut album, “Live from the Underground” on Def Jam Recordings. Who’s ready for his next album?

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Common: Nobody

Common

Nobody's Smiling (Pre-Order)

Pre-order Common’s new album, “Nobody’s Smiling” now!

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

Download YG’s debut album, “My Krazy Life” now on iTunes!

Rick Ross: Mastermind

Rick Ross

Mastermind

Download Rick Ross’ new album Mastermind available everywhere now!

Jhene Aiko: Sail Out EP

Jhene 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

Download Big Sean’s album, “Hall Of Fame” available everywhere now!

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

August Alsina

"Downtown: Life Under The Gun" EP

Download August Alsina’s new EP, “Downtown: Life Under The Gun”

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Kanye West: Yeezus

Kanye West

Yeezus

Kanye West’s new album, “Yeezus”

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Def Jam: "The Bling Ring" Soundtrack

"The Bling Ring" Soundtrack

The Official Movie Soundtrack For “The Bling Ring” features songs from 2 Chainz, Rick Ross and many more!

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The-Dream: "IV Play"

The-Dream

"IV Play"

The-Dream’s new album “IV Play”

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Def Jam: Fast & Furious 6 Soundtrack

Fast & Furious 6 Soundtrack

The official movie soundtrack for Fast & Furious 6 featuring music from Def Jam Artists.

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2 Chainz: Based On A T.R.U. Story (Chopped Not Slopped)

2 Chainz

Based On A T.R.U. Story (Chopped Not Slopped)

2 Chainz “Based on a T.R.U. Story” chopped album.

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Trinidad James: Don

Trinidad James

Don't Be S.A.F.E.

Trinidad James “Don’t Be S.A.F.E.”

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The-Dream: 1977

The-Dream

1977

The-Dream’s Album 1977 [Explicit Content]

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Big Boi: Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

Big Boi

Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

Big Boi’s album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

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Rihanna: Unapologetic

Rihanna

Unapologetic

Rihanna “Unapologetic’ new album

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2 Chainz: Based on a T.R.U. Story

2 Chainz

Based on a T.R.U. Story

2 Chainz - Based on a T.R.U. Story [Explicit Content]

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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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The Beastie Boys Virgin Tour

On this day in 1985, The Beastie Boys joined Madonna on The Virgin Tour. Photo credit: Glenn E. Friedman

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2 Chainz, Pecas, Kanye West, Steve Bartels & Barry Weiss

2 Chainz, Pecas, Kanye West, Steve Bartels & Barry Weiss at SXSW for The #DefJam30 Event. Photo by Meredith Truax

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Pusha T

Pusha T on stage at The #DefJam30 Event. Photo courtesy of Meredith Truax

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Pecas, Method Man, 2 Chainz & Redman

Pecas, Method Man, 2 Chainz & Redman at SXSW.

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Redman & Gunplay

Redman and Gunplay at The #DefJam30 Event at SXSW.

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YG

YG performing at The SXSW #DefJam30 Event. Photo by Meredith Truax.

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Rev Run & Rick Rubin

Rev & Rubin. Shot by The Lazy Hustler.

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Nas

Nas. Shot by chekothari.

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