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Today In Hip Hop History: RUN-D.M.C. Dropped Their Sophomore LP ‘King Of Rock’ 37 Years Ago

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The “Kings From Queens” dropped their second album 37 years ago today. Visit for more information On this date in 1985, Joseph Simmons, Daryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell successfully avoided the sophomore jinx some three decades ago when they released the follow-up to their self-titled debut album with King Of Rock. Produced by Run’s […]

Today In Hip Hop History: Kanye West Dropped His ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ LP 11 Years Ago

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On this day in 2010, famed producer Kanye West released his fifth full length studio album entitled My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on the Def Jam Recordings/Roc-A-Fella imprint. Visit for more information West delivered the album of the decade in 2010. From its composition, multiple album covers, a short film, ballerinas, the infamous red […]

Today In Hip Hop History: ‘Belly’ Soundtrack Dropped 23 Years Ago

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On this date in 1998, the soundtrack to the Hype Williams-directed cult classic flick Belly was released on the Def Jam imprint. Visit for more information Produced by some of the hottest behind the boards masters of the game including Irv Gotti, Dame Grease, RZA, Tone and Poke, Swizz Beatz and several others, the […]

Happy 64th Birthday To Hip Hop Pioneer Russell Simmons!

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Today we celebrate the 64th birthday of Hip Hop pioneer Russell Simmons! Visit for more information Since the founding of Def Jam Recordings in 1983, Russell Simmons has been an instrumental part in the advancement of Hip Hop culture. Over his illustrious career, Russell has launched the careers of multi-platinum artists (LL Cool J, Beastie […]

Today in Hip-Hop History: Cam’Ron Releases Third Solo Album ‘Come Home With Me’ 19 Years Ago

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On this date in 2002, Dipset General Cam’Ron kept the Harlem legacy rolling when he dropped his third solo album aptly entitled Come Home With Me on the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam imprint. Visit for more information This was the Harlem natives first release under the Roc-A-Fella banner and coincidentally, his most critically acclaimed full-length release […]

Dave East’s Releases Deluxe Edition of ‘Karma 3′

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Dave East has overnight released the deluxe edition to his excellent, 15-track charting mixtape Karma 3 on Nas’ Mass Appeal Records and Def Jam Recordings. The new deluxe edition features eight new tracks, building off the initial momentum of the latest incarnation of East’s Karma mixtape series which dropped back in mid-August this year. While […]

Today In Hip Hop History: Hip Hop Behind The Scenes Flick ‘Backstage’ Released In Theaters 20 years Ago

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On this date in 2000, the Chris Fiore-directed documentary that followed the Roc-A-Fella Records driven 1999 Hard Knock Life Tour entitled Backstage debuted in theaters. Visit for more information The Dame Dash-produced doc feature most of Def Jam’s top artists at the turn of the millennium, including Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, DMX, Ja Rule, Redman, […]

Public Enemy Announce Return to Def Jam, New Album Out September 25

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After over two decades, Public Enemy, the iconic group whose message of revolution, social justice, and racial equality is more potent and necessary today than ever – finally reunites with the historic label it helped build into a globally recognized brand: Def Jam Recordings. Visit for more information Public Enemy and Def Jam have reunited to […]