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Since 1984: Slick Rick's "Children's Story" released in 1989

On this day back in 1989, Slick Rick released his classic single “Children’s Story.” Taken as the second single from his album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, the song was a Top 5 hit on both the Hot R&B Singles and the Hot Rap Tracks charts. One of Slick Rick’s most popular singles to…

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Since 1984: Def Jam Vendetta

11 years ago today, the video game Def Jam Vendetta hit stores. Giving fans the chance to battle some of their favorite Def Jam artist like Redman, Method Man, DMX, N.O.R.E. and more on their way to the top leading into the sequel Def Jam: Fight For NY. Check out the clip above for a…

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Rick Rubin in NY Mag on meeting Russell Simmons, Licensed to Ill & More

New York Magazine recently released their “100 Years, 100 Songs, 100 Nights” issue featuring a century of music in New York. Check out a clip featuring Rick Rubin speaking on  meeting Russell Simmons, the Beastie Boys’ debut album Licensed to Ill and Jay Z’s “99 Problems”… This article appeared in the March 24, 2014 issue…

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Def Jam 30 x SXSW

A couple of weeks back in Austin, TX for SXSW, we held The Def Jam 30th Anniversary celebration. In case you were not in attendance, check out this retrospective video of the event featuring some of artists including YG, Gunplay, Redman & Method Man, Vince Staples & more! http://www.defjam30.com/

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YG "My Krazy Life" Available Everywhere Now!

YG’s debut album is here! Make sure to download your copy now! Click here to download YG’s “My Krazy Life” on iTunes

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Photos from the Def Jam 30 Showcase At SXSW

This past week, our Def Jam 30 Showcase took place at SXSW in Austin, TX. We had a number of performers which included, 2 Chainz, Method Man & Redman, Vince Staple, Pusha T and more. Meredith Truax was in attendace and capture a number of photos which you can check out below.

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Method Man & Redman Perform At The Def Jam 30 Event In Austin

Method Man and Redman were also some of the performers of the night at The Def Jam 30 event at SXSW. In case you were not in attendance for the show, RTNY shot some footage from the set. They still got it!  

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Def Jam Recordings & Media Temple To Close SXSW Interactive With Def Jam 30 Celebration!

The ongoing celebration of the 30th anniversary of Def Jam Recordings will take over SXSWi (South by Southwest Interactive) in Austin, Texas on March 11th, as premium web-hosting company (mt) Media Temple throws a party in Def Jam’s honor. An all-star lineup of Def Jam artists will perform at (mt) Media Temple’s SXSWi closing party…

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Interview with The Mastermind Rick Ross with Shaheem Reid (Part 1)

Shaheem Reid recently caught up with the Mastermind himself, Rick Ross to talk about his new album which hit stores today! Check out part 1 of this DefJam.com original interview where they discuss working on songs like “Nobody” featuring French Montana, mastering the album with Puff Daddy and more. MASTERMIND IN STORES NOW! http://rickrossmastermind.com

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Rick Ross "Mastermind" Album Release Show

We already got some footage from the night but now we got some nice photos from Rozay’s Mastermind Album Release Show. All photos courtesy of Meredith Truax. More below.  

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LL Cool J On Arsenio

25 years ago, LL Cool J first appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show, and last night he made his return. He spoke on a number of things including, Michael Jackson, new rappers and much more. Check out Part 2, 3 & 4 below.

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Rick Ross 'Mastermind' Listening Event In LA

Rick Ross is traveling to the big cities to give people the chance to listen to his upcoming album, Mastermind. This past weekend he hit L.A. and guests included, Diddy, Mase, Trinidad James, Wale and many more. Check out more photos from the event below.    Photo Credit: Matt Hartman & Chelsea Lauren Rick Ross…

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Rick Ross "Mastermind" Listening Event In ATL

Rick Ross’ upcoming album, Mastermind is on the way and last night he had a listening event for the project in Atlanta. Guests included Lyor Cohen, DJ Drama, T-Pain and many more! Check out the photos below. Rick Ross ‘Mastermind’ Available Everywhere March 4th!

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Kanye West "Never Let Me Down" Studio Session

Complex recently unearthed footage from Kanye West’s “Never Let Me Down” studio session, 10 years after the release of the classic debut album “The College Dropout”. Captured by Coodie Simmons and accompanied by Pharrell, the footage shows a look at the making of “Never Let Me Down,” and captures P’s pure excitement for Kanye’s verse at…

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Throwback: Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige - "All I Need"

Happy Valentine’s Day Lovers! To celebrate, we’re pulling out this gem from the Def Jam vault today. Probably one of the best Hip-Hop love songs of all time, Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige “All I Need”. A Hip-Hop Classic! Enjoy.

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Since 1984: Public Enemy releases debut album "Yo! Bum Rush The Show"

Back in the day on February 10th 1987, Public Enemy released their debut album “Yo! Bum Rush The Show” on Def Jam Recordings. The group’s logo, a silhouette of a black man in a rifle’s crosshairs, is debuted on the album’s cover. Yo! Bum Rush the Show features a sample-heavy sound by production team The…

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Kanye West Speaks On The 10th Anniversary Of The College Dropout

Today marks The 10th Anniversary of the release of Kanye West’s debut album, The College Dropout. He took to his Twitter earlier today to say a few words. “Ten years ago today we finally released what had been my life’s work up to that point: The College Dropout. I say “finally” because it was a…

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Since 1984: Kanye West Releases The College Dropout In 2004

A decade ago today, Kanye West released his now classic debut album “The College Dropout” on Roc-a-fella/Def Jam Recordings. Marking the beginning of his illustrious career, the album truly transcended Hip-Hop music. It was recorded over a period of four years, beginning in 1999. Prior to the album’s release, West had worked on rapper Jay-Z’s…

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Since 1984: Rihanna & JAY Z Win Best Rap/Sung Collabo for "Umbrella" At The Grammys

Today, back in February 2008, Rihanna who lost in the four categories she was nominated in, took home the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration through her big hit “Umbrella” that features Jay-Z. Check out the acceptance speech above.

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Since 1984: Jay-Z Performs "Encore/Numb" with Linkin Park & Paul McCartney at 2006 48th Annual Grammy Awards

Today in Def Jam History, back in February 8th 2006 Jay-Z took the stage along side Sir Paul McCartney to peform his mash up collaboration with Linkin Park “Encore/Numb” off the 2006 album “Collision Course”. Check out the performance footage above. For more back in the day Def Jam Recordings history like this, check out…

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Since 1984: Jay-Z Wins A Grammy on Feb 8th, 2004, 2006 & 2009

February 8th, seems to be a great day for Jay Z historicall, Grammy wise. Back in 2004 on this day JAY Z received a Grammy for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist as well as one for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist & Favorite, Rap/Hip Hop Album for The Blueprint 3 in 2009. He also won in 2006 for his…

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Billboard: Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

To celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Kanye West’s classic debut album “College Dropout”, our good friend Erika Ramirez of Billboard recently put together this very detailed retrospective on the making of the album, with the help of some key contributors. Check out an excerpt below and read the full piece over on Billboard.com. In…

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Since 1984: DMX "..And Then There Was X" Goes 5x Platinum

…And Then There Was X is the third album by DMX which was released December 21, 1999 on Def Jam Recordings. On this day, February 7th, 2001, the album was certified 5x Platinum. It also was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2001 Grammys.

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Throwback: A-Trak & G.O.O.D. Music on the road with Kanye West

Check out this recently unearthed footage which seems to have been captured for a DVD that never came to fruition, shot by Fool’s Gold Records very own A-Trak behind the scenes, documenting his time as tour DJ for Kanye West while on tour with the rest of the G.O.O.D. Music team at the time, during…

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Afrojack: Forget The World (Pre-Order)

Afrojack

Forget The World (Pre-Order)

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

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Iggy Azalea: The New Classic (Pre-Order)

Iggy Azalea

The New Classic (Pre-Order)

Pre-Order Iggy Azalea’s new album, “The New Classic” 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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Rick Ross: God Forgives, I Don

Rick Ross

God Forgives, I Don't

Rick Ross’ album, “God Forgives, I Don’t”

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Nas: Life Is Good

Nas

Life Is Good

Nas – Life is Good

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Frank Ocean: Channel Orange

Frank Ocean

Channel Orange

Frank Ocean’s Debut Album “Channel Orange”

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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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Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys in Flushing Meadow Park

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Rick Ross & Young Jeezy

Rick Ross and Young Jeezy on the set of, “War Ready”

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2 Chainz, French Montana, Drake, Diddy & Meek Mill

2 Chainz, French Montana, Drake, Diddy & Meek Mill at All-Star Game Weekend 2014.

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Teyana Taylor & Jeezy

Teyana Taylor and Jeezy at a Super Bowl Party hosted by Avion Tequilla.

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Rick Ross

Rick Ross performing at The Friday Night Lights Party in NYC.

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LL Cool J & Russell Simmons

LL Cool J & Russell Simmons

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Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons

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Russell Simmons, 3rd Bass, Lyor Cohen & EPMD

Russell Simmons, 3rd Bass, Lyor Cohen & EPMD talking business!

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Rick Ross Visits Def Jam Recordings To Preview "Mastermind" Album

Rick Ross passed by the Def Jam Recordings offices in New York yesterday, accompanied by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and DJ Khaled to preview his forthcoming masterpiece, Mastermind which drops March 4th everywhere. Over breakfast with the staff of course lol. What’s better than some new Maybach Music and mimosas on a Monday morning? Check them…

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Friday Night Lights Party Hosted By Rick Ross & DJ Khaled

This past weekend, New Era x Def Jam teamed up for The Friday Night Lights Party hosted by DJ Khaled and Rick Ross in NYC. In case you were not in attendance, check out some photos from the event below. Photos by Jude Humeniuk.

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Ghostface Killah

Ghostface Killah (The Big Doe Rehab Photoshoot)

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Foxy Brown

Foxy Brown

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DMX

Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood photo shoot.

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Jam Master Jay, "Weird Al" Yankovic & Rev Run

Jam Master Jay, “Weird Al” Yankovic & Rev Run

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Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys

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Hip-Hop Artists Throw Holiday Party for Urban Youth
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Rev Run, LL Cool J & Russell Simmons

Rev Run, LL Cool J & Russell Simmons

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