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Since 1984: Jay-Z Released "Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life" on September 29, 1998

  On this day September 29th, 1998 Jay-Z released his third studio album “Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life” on Roc-a-fella Records/Def Jam Recordings. It is Jay-Z’s best selling album as of 2013 and was certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA in 2000 and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 1999. The album debuted…

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Since 1984: Method Man & Redman Release "Blackout!" on September 28, 1999

Blackout! is the debut album by hip hop artists Method Man & Redman. It is the first full-length release by Method Man and Redman after many collaborations. The album continued a string of highly successful Def Jam releases in the late 1990s. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales…

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Since 1984: Shawnna "Worth Tha Weight" Released September 28, 2004

On this day September 28, 2004 Shawnna released her debut album “Worth Tha Weight” on DTP/Def Jam Recordings. #DefJam30 “Let’s Go” was featured on the video game Def Jam: Fight for NY. The album’s singles were “Shake Dat Shit” and “Weight a Minute.” It also included “R.P.M” with Twista & Ludacris, along with several remixed…

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Since 1984: Redman Performs "Blow Your Mind" on In Living Color

On this day September 27th in 1992, Redman performed his song “Blow Your Mind” off his debut “Whut? Thee Album” on the Fox comedy show “In Living Color”. Check out throwback footage of the performance above. For more nostalgic posts like this one, check out defjam30.com

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Since 1984: Ludacris Releases "Release Therapy" on September 26, 2006

On this day in Def Jam Recordings history, Ludacris released Release Therapy his sixth studio album on Def Jam Recordings. Release Therapy won the Best Rap Album award for the 2007 Grammy Awards.

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Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin On the Birth of Def Jam Recordings Part 4

In the final segment, Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin riff on the birth of Slick Rick and what he meant to Def Jam, reflecting on the early days. They explain his indefinable charisma and how they knew immediately they needed to work with him. Order your copy of the Def Jam 30 Boxset NOW. Celebrate three…

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Since 1984: EPMD - "Back in Business" Released on September 23, 1997

On this day in Def Jam Recordings history, EPMD released their return album after breaking up 5 years prior in 1992. September 23, 1997 the duo returned with “Back in Business” featuing joints like “Da Joint” produced by Rockwilder. Check out the video below.

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Since 1984: Redman - "Whut? Thee Album"

On this day in September 22, 1992, Redman released his debut album “Whut? Thee Album” on Def Jam Recordings. While taking place at Ian London Studios, North Shore Soundworks and Power Play Studios, recording sessions began in 1991 and continued into 1992. The album heavily features production from mentor and fellow Hit Squad member Erick…

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Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin On the Birth of Def Jam Recordings Part 3

Noisey is back with Part 3 of their sit down with Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin. This time, they speak on Chuck D’s time with Spectrum City, the formation of the concept of Public Enemy, and the incendiary nature of their thought-provoking lyrics. Previous: Part 1 | Part 2

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Public Enemy Performs On The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

Last night, while promoting the Def Jam 30th Anniversary box set , Public Enemy was the special guest performers on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. In case you missed it, check out their performance of “Public Enemy #1″ with some help from The Roots.  

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Limited Edition Def Jam 30 Multi-disc Box Set Available Now

Order the Limited Edition Def Jam 30 Multi-disc Box Set Available Now at the Def Jam 30 store! If you missed it, check out more information about the Def Jam 30 Limited Edition Multi-Disc Box Set at our post here.

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VFILES x Def Jam DJ Championship (Documentary)

This past summer, V Files & Def Jam Recordings teamed up for a DJ Competition to find the world’s next great DJ. A few weeks back, the 3 finalists which included, Eskay, Gianni Lee & Karmin all went head to head at Webster Hall in NYC. In the new documentary, take a look at the…

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SINCE 1984: DMX Released, "Grand Champ" On Def Jam Recordings

SINCE 1984: On this day, September 16, 2003, DMX released his fifth album, “Grand Champ” on Def Jam Recordings.

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SINCE 1984: G.O.O.D. Music Released, "Cruel Summer" On Def Jam Recordings

  On this day, September 14, 2012, G.O.O.D. Music released, “Cruel Summer” on Def Jam Recordings.

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SINCE 1984: Jay-Z Released, "The Blueprint" On Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings

On this day, September 11, 2001, Jay-Z released his sixth ablum, “The Blueprint” on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings. #DefJam30

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SINCE 1984: Kanye West Released, "Graduation" On Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings

On this day, September 11, 2007, Kanye West released his third album, “Graduation” on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings. #DefJam30

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Def Jam 30 Available Now at VFiles!

Get your Def Jam 30 T-shirt and Hoody available now at the VFiles online shop!

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SINCE 1984: LL Cool J Released, "Exit 13" On Def Jam Recordings

SINCE 1984: On this day, September 9, 2008, LL Cool J released his album, “Exit 13″ on Def Jam Recordings.  

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On This Day, The Movie, "Backstage" Was Released

On this day: Sep. 8, 2000 the movie “Backstage” was released. Documenting the “Hard Knock Life Tour”

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SINCE 1984: Nice & Smooth Released, "Ain't A Damn Thing Changed" On Def Jam Recordings

SINCE 1984: On this day, September 3, 1991, Nice & Smooth released, “Ain’t a Damn Thing Changed” on Def Jam Recordings.

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SINCE 1984: Kanye West Released, "Late Registration" On Def Jam Recordings

  On this day, August 30, 2005, Kanye West released his second album, “Late Registration” on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings.

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SINCE 1984: Rihanna Released, "Music Of The Sun" On Def Jam Recordings

  On this day, August 30, 2005, Rihanna released her debut album, “Music of the Sun” on Def Jam Recordings.

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SINCE 1984: LL Cool J Released, "The DEFinition" On Def Jam Recordings

On this day, August 31, 2004, LL Cool J released his tenth album, “The DEFinition” on Def Jam Recordings.    

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SINCE 1984: DJ Clue Released, "Backstage: A Hard Knock Life" On Def Jam Recordings

On this day, August 29, 2000, DJ Clue released, “Backstage: A Hard Knock Life” on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Recordings

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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

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Common: Nobody

Common

Nobody's Smiling

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

Mariah Carey

Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse

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Afrojack: Forget The World

Afrojack

Forget The World

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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

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YG: My Krazy Life

YG

My Krazy Life

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Rick Ross: Mastermind

Rick Ross

Mastermind

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Jhené Aiko: Sail Out EP

Jhené Aiko

Sail Out EP

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Pusha T: My Name Is My Name

Pusha T

My Name Is My Name

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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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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"

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"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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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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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

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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