NEW YORK TIMES – CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF DEF JAM
Lots of college-age music fans dream about starting their own record labels, and a few make a go of it. Rick Rubin was one: in 1984, he and Russell Simmons started Def Jam Recordings in Mr. Rubin’s dorm room at New York University, and it quickly became an influential hip-hop and urban music imprint. This fall, the label – now part of the sprawling Universal Music Group – is celebrating its three-decade run with a limited-edition retrospective box, “Def Jam 30,” to be released on LP and CD on Sept. 16, and a concert that will bring together some of the label’s stars, past and present, at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, on Oct. 16.
The roster for the concert, which the label announced on Thursday, includes Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Fabolous, Foxy Brown, Jhené Aiko, Method Man, Redman, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Warren G, EPMD and Jeremih. A spokesman for the label said that more artists would be announced later.
The retrospective box, “Def Jam 30,” will include “Selections From the Roots of Def Jam,” a 13-track compilation assembled by Mr. Rubin, and including music that inspired him to start the label, and “Def Jam Recordings Greatest Hits,” a two-disc, 30-song overview of the label, assembled by the producer Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua. The sets also include a booklet with a history of the label by Dan Charnas and a Def Jam T-shirt.
Tickets for the Barclays Center concert go on sale through Ticketmaster on Aug. 22. Presale tickets will be available on Aug. 20 to people who order the “Def Jam 30” box from the label’s online store.