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Happy 54th Birthday to Hip Hop Pioneer LL Cool J!

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James Todd Smith, a.k.a. LL Cool J, nickname “Ladies Love Cool James”; born on Long Island, New York, January 14, 1968. LL Cool J signed to pioneer Hip Hop label Def Jam Records in 1984. His career took off with classic hits, included on albums like: Bigger and Deffer, Walking with a Panther, Mama Said […]

Today In Hip Hop History: Irv and Chris Gotti Beat The Feds 16 Years Ago

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Even with a 98% conviction rate, the federal government was no match for Irv Gotti and the Murder Inc. crew. Visit for more information On this date in 2005, the U.S. government exonerated Irv and Chris Gotti along with their Murder Inc. after a two-year-long case in which the Lorenzo brothers were forced to […]

Camino Taps Wiz Khalifa & D Smoke For Passionate Track “Steady”

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Camino gives Snoop Dogg’s Algorithm album a proper farewell with the release of “Steady.” Visit for more information Last month Snoop Dogg visited The Breakfast Club morning show to speak on his new role at Def Jam, his new compilation album, Algorithm, and more. During the interview, Hip-Hop’s favorite uncle, ushered one of his […]

Snoop Dogg Signs Benny The Butcher to Def Jam Records

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Snoop Dogg had a conversation on The Joe Rogan Experience on Friday, November 12th, newly-minted Def Jam Recordings executive Snoop Dogg revealed he just signed Benny to the longtime label. Visit for more information Griselda Records founders Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, and Westside Gunn have paid their dues and finally sit among the upper echelon of rap artists. Benny has now inked […]

[WATCH] Snoop Dogg Talks Upcoming 2022 Super Bowl Performance, Def Jam With Roxanne Shante On SiriusXM

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Snoop Dogg sat down with SiriusXM’s Roxanne Shante for a “New Music & Motivation” special on LL Cool J’s Rock The Bells Radio on SiriusXM. Visit for more information Roxane Shante and Snoop Dogg discuss his new album Algorithm, which is scheduled to be released on Friday, November 12. Snoop Dogg answered a fan question about his upcoming 2022 Super Bowl […]

Smiles773 Signs to Def Jam and Releases New Video “The Real Fed Up”

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The city of Chicago continues to ban its artists from performing. The latest is Def Jam’s newest signee Smiles773. The controversial rapper was not allowed to perform in Chicago during the Summer Smash Festival in August. Visit for more information He now resides on a banned list with Chief Keef. In his new single, […]

Ariana Grande Confirms She Does Not Appear on ‘Donda’

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Ariana Grande is not on Kanye West’s album Donda. Visit for more information Shortly after Kanye West released “Donda” fans started to speculate that Grande provided backup vocals on the title track and “Believe What I Say.” Grande took to her Instagram stories to celebrate the artist who is actually on the song. Grande […]

Logic Reveals ‘Bobby Tarantino III’ is His Last Def Jam Release

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This past Friday, Logic dropped his Bobby Tarantino III project and now fans know that was his last effort on Def Jam Records. Visit for more information The announcement came within the music, specifically on the “See You Space Cowboy” single where he detailed both the process of getting into this album and it […]

Def Jam Reportedly Paid $35K for DMX’s Funeral

Def Jam Reportedly Paid $35K for DMX's Funeral

DMX’s funeral was fit for a King. Visit for more information The late rapper served as the lifeline of Def Jam for many years so it was only right that the record label sent him home in style. TMZ reported that Def Jam covered the transfer of DMX’s remains to the funeral home, embalming, […]

Snoop Dogg Named Executive Creative and Strategic Consultant at Def Jam

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Snoop Dogg’s list of jobs has grown again as he will now work with Def Jam Recordings as the executive creative and strategic consultant. Visit for more information The Doggfather’s new role “will allow him to strategically work across the label’s executive team and artist roster,” Variety reports. Snoop will be based in LA […]

Watch DMX’s ‘Exodus’ Album Trailer

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DMX’s eighth and final album, Exodus, is set to release on Friday, May 28th. The Yonkers rapper finished the now-posthumous release prior to his April 9th passing. Visit for more information Earlier this month, Swizz Beatz released the project’s star-studded track-list, which features Jay-Z, Nas, Lil Wayne, The LOX, Alicia Keys, Griselda, Snoop Dogg, […]

Jeezy Inks New Record Deal and Earns Position With Def Jam


Seems like Def Jam won’t be cutting ties with Jeezy any time soon. The Atlanta rapper not only recently inked a new deal with the label, but he’ll serve as a senior advisor to the interim chairman and CEO Jeff Harleston.  Visit for more information In a statement Jeezy was clear on his feelings […]

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 […]

New Scott Storch and Phi11a Single ‘Dirty Dancer’ Out Now On Def Jam

New Scott Storch and Phi11a Single ‘Dirty Dancer’ Out Now On Def Jam

Legendary hitmaking producer Scott Storch has teamed up with emerging Australian artist Phi11a on the new 3-minute single titled ‘Dirty Dancer’ out now on Def Jam Recordings ANZ. This is Phi11a’s first major release since his earlier collaboration with fellow young rapper Trippie Redd, which was released six months ago back in late April titled […]

JAY-Z Cleared $12 Million Def Jam Debt for Ruff Ryders

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The Ruff Ryders has a star-studded lineup, but DMX was the heartbeat of the collective. There was a point in time when JAY-Z and X were beefing, and it hit a peak when Hov became President of Def Jam in 2004. Visit for more information “What had happened was Jay-Z called X and told […]

Def Jam Teases Bringing Back Their Video Game Series

Def Jam Teases Bringing Back Their Video Game Series

In the early 2000s, Def Jam had a loaded roster of the best rappers in the game. DMX, Ludacris, Ghostface Killah, some real heavy hitters, and they allowed fans to match them up to fight in three video games Def Jam Vendetta, Def Jam: Fight For NY and Def Jam Icon. Visit for more […]