Remembering The Time ‘Krush Groove’ Turned LL Cool J Into A Rap Phenomenon

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The rap icon turns 47 this week, so let's revisit the film debut that helped make him a star.

Rick Rubin

Watch Rick Rubin Go Back To Def Jam’s Beginnings

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Super-producer Rick Rubin went along with Rolling Stone's cameras to visit the humble birthplace of Def Jam records.


Nasty Nas Now Owns His Own Record Label

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Nasir will be signing his own checks, stank you very much.

#Jay Z

Rihanna Leaves Def Jam

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After nine years, Rihanna leaves Def Jam.


5 Essential Things To Know About August Alsina

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Get to know the budding R&B star from the NO.

Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever

Logic – Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever Mixtape

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Even though a Def Jam deal and appearance on XXL's Freshman list might have introduced Logic to most, hard work and a sense of self-realization have brought this MD MC to the latest peak in his budding career, the release of highly-anticipated Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever mixtape.


Official Tracklist: Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne

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The march to King's Landing has been an interesting one and today, the Roc Boys are in the building as they officially unveil the songs that made the cut for their collaborative effort, Watch The Throne.


YG Feat. 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg – “Toot It And Boot It (G-Mix)” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/"> In spite of it's demoralizing qualities, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/yg">YG's</a> "Toot It & Boot It" feels so good it might just make your pastor scream 'f*%k a b.

Sheek Louch

Sheek Louch Feat. Jeremih – “Party After 2″ Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/12/review-of-sheek-louch-donnie-g-don-gorilla"> Sheek Louchiano cold rocks the party that rocks the body. And he tends to do it in the after hours spot with <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/ghostface-killah">Dennis Coles</a>, Jeremih, the entire D-Block cartel and that girl you're in that rocky relationship with.


YG Feat. Big K.R.I.T., Big Sean & Ty$ – “In Tha Morning”

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If you're not familiar with <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/YG">YG</a>, it's probably because he's not that good of a rapper.


Irony Alert: Shyne Says L.A. Reid Doesn’t Know Hip-Hop

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/04/shyne-releases-three-more-freestyles"> Apparently L.A. Reid is out at Def Jam. And the harbinger of doom himself, Shyne, is here to tell us why. Shoot up the club, <a href="http://theurbandaily.com/music/theurbandailystaff2/shyne-confirms-la-reids-imminent-departure-from-def-jam-exclusive/">Urban Daily</a>: You’re talking about Lucian Grainge who replaced Doug Morris.


The Week That Was: The Road To A3C Edition

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/10/nas-writes-a-letter-to-def-jam-over-lost-tapes-2"> Even though <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/10/download-the-official-2010-a3c-mixtape-part-two">A3C</a> was at the forefront of our minds this week, we still had work to do around here: -- To the surprise of no one, Kobe picked himself to win in <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/10/kobe-bryant-says-he-would-beat-lebron-james-one-on-one">one-on-one against LeBron</a>.


Sheek Louch x DJ Green Lantern – Donnie Def Jam: Guerilla Warfare Vol. 1

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/10/download-sheek-louch-and-dj-green-lantern-donnie-def-jam-guerilla-warfare-vol-1"> Sheek Luciano is a full bird colonel as far as industry vets go and his behind-the-scenes command has earned him the opportunity to call Def Jam his base of operations for the time being. To celebrate his newfound enlistment, he's recruited DJ Green Lantern as his executive officer and along with Termanlogy, Sean C. & LV, Termanology and the rest of the Lox, Donnie Def Jam: Guerilla Warfare Vol. 1 is the next East Coast weapon of mass destruction. Fire inna hole. Scream Y-O! <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/10/download-sheek-louch-and-dj-green-lantern-donnie-def-jam-guerilla-warfare-vol-1"> Download -- <a href="http://hotfile.com/dl/78404305/8f4a004/Sheek_Louch-Donnie_Defjam_(Hosted_By_Dj_Green_Lantern)-(Bootleg)-2010-Xplode.rar.html">Sheek Louch & DJ Green Lantern - Donnie Def Jam: Guerilla Warfare Vol. 1</a>.


Rihanna – “Only Girl (In the World)”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/09/download-rihanna-only-girl-in-the-world"> <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/rihanna">Redhead Robyn</a> continues to make music that males have no business singing out loud but will secretly enjoy.

Young Jeezy

Young Jeezy Feat. Lil Jon – “Jizzle”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/young-jeezy-all-white-everything"> Saying "Jizzle" out loud doesn't exact breed the purest of thoughts but Young Jeezy wants you to think of it as <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2008/12/young-jeezy-who-dat-video">"Who Dat"</a> on steroids.

Redman Presents Reggie

Redman – “Lookin’ Fly” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/04/redman-walk-talk-it-x-music-money-cars-hoes"> Who knows what this album will eventually be called. I've seen Reggie Noble "0" 9 ½,  Reggie's Oodles of O's and now it's simply being touted as Reggie. Quite frankly, Redman could call this joint Mud Ducks & Grape Jelly and it wouldn't change the fact <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/redman">the Funk Doctor</a> is putting it down regardless of mainstream attention, concrete release dates or whatever the little tykes call music.


Ne-Yo – “Beautiful Monster”

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He may not be their biggest draw, but Def Jam should award Ne-Yo a lifetime contract to do whatever the eff he pleases.


Rihanna – “Rockstar 101″ Video

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If gazing into Erykah Badu's eyes can trick you into rocking curtains for outfits, what kind of magic is behind <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/rihanna">RiRi's</a> pretty brown rounds.

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