I’m old enough to remember the beginning of Def Jam. I grew up in the Bay Area and was only 6 when they started in 1984, so I wasn’t there for Rick Rubin’s dorm parties 3000 miles away at NYU where, Rubin said, “it was a 10x10 room that had two refrigerator-sized speakers with turntables on top of them" and the Beasties, Run DMC and LL Cool J were frequent visitors. Def Jam’s first release wasn't hip-hop, it was punk- a 7” 45 RPM single by Rubin’s … more
October 13, 2009: VH1 honors 25 years of the Def Jam hip-hop record label founded by Lyor Cohen, Rick Rubin, and Russell Simmons in 1984 which helped establish hip-hop and rap as a force in the music industry.
House Band: The Roots (Def Jam artist) House DJ: Ed Lover
Performaces By: The Roots and Eminem Public Enemy (Def Jam Artist) and DJ Jazzy Jeff Ludacris and Scarface (Def Jam Artists) Kid Rock Wale, KRS-One, and Travis from Gym Class Heroes Warren G (Def Jam Artist) and Trey Songz Method Man and Redman (Def Jam Artists) Method Man and Mary J Blige Onyx (Def Jam Artists) Ashanti and Ja Rule Oran "Juice" Jones (Def Jam Artist) DMX EPMD (Def Jam Artist) Foxy Brown and Fabolous (Def Jam Artist) Ghostface Killah (Def Jam Artist)