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Def Jam Recordings

OVERVIEW

Def Jam Recordings was founded in 1984 by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons, and has represented the very best in cutting edge music and youth culture for over 30 years. Def Jam Recordings began as a maverick independent label inspired by the downtown New York punk, art and club scenes and the emerging sound of hip-hop, pioneering iconic stars like LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Over the following two decades, Def Jam established its dominance with acts like Jay-Z, DMX, Ja Rule, Method Man & Redman, Ludacris, Rihanna, Jeezy, and Kanye West. Now in its fourth decade, Def Jam’s music and lifestyle has grown into a global brand – synonymous with creativity and authenticity – encompassing a diverse roster of marquee and emerging stars like Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Frank Ocean, Alessia Cara, Jeremih, Jeezy, Iggy Azalea, Big Sean, YG, 2 Chainz, August Alsina, Jhene Aiko, and Logic among others.

  • ARTium Recordings

    ARTium Recordings was established by producer and Def Jam Recordings Executive Vice President, No I.D. Current artists include Common, Elijah Blake, Jhené Aiko, Cocaine 80’s and Vince Staples.

  • G.O.O.D. Music

    G.O.O.D Music is a record label founded by music producer and artist Kanye West. "G.O.O.D" is an acronym for "Getting Out Our Dreams." Current artists include Big Sean, Teyana Taylor, Kacy Hill, Q-Tip and Pusha T.