Video: Russell Simmons X Rick Rubin On the Birth Of Def Jam Recordings

Written by Nigel D. / 09.04.14

Two music pioneers square off in this special edition of Noisey’s Back & Forth series focused on the 30th Anniversary of the legendary Def Jam Recordings. Def Jam founders Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin talk about the early days of the label, their first twelve-inch release, LL Cool J’s hit “Radio,” and LL Cool J’s involvement with Run-D.M.C. in this clip, available via Noisey for the first time.

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Photo Of The Day: Jay-Z With “Magna Carta Holy Grail” Producers, Timbaland, Pharrell, Swizz Beatz & Rick Rubin

Written by Nigel D. / 06.17.13


Jay-Z has an all star lineup for his new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail.” Hopefully we will be getting some classic music on July 4th.

Photo via Lenny S.

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Rick Rubin Says Hopefully On Kanye West’s Contributions Will Inspire Others To Push The Boundaries Of Hip Hop

Written by Nigel D. / 06.15.13


Where does “Yeezus” put him in relation to hip-hop and the broader music culture?

He is a true artist who happens to make music under the wide umbrella of hip hop. He is in no way beholden to hip hop’s typical messaging musical cliches. Hip hop is a grander, more personal form because of his contributions, and hopefully his work will inspire others to push the boundaries of what’s possible in hip hop.

Full Interview: Wall Street Journal

Looks like, “Yeezus,” will be far from a typical rap album, “Yeezus,” goes on sale June 18th.

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