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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

Snoop Dogg Announces Two New Solo Albums, Teaming with Larry Jackson's New Gamma Record Label

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

Listen to DMX's Posthumous Album 'Exodus'

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

JAY-Z Reportedly Applied For New York Sports Betting License

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 […]

Dave East Reveals Track List for ‘Karma 3’ Dropping August 14

Dave East Explains Why his Alleged Threesome Turned Violent

Dave East announced earlier this month that Karma 3 was coming soon. The Harlem rapper took to social media to reveal the tracklist for the Friday, August 14 release. Visit for more information The 15 track project is loaded with talented features like Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Benny the Butcher, Popcaan, Young Dolph […]

Teyana Taylor Previews New Album at Listening Party In Beverly Hills

Last night Teyana Taylor debuted The Album as Terrence J and Karreuche hosted her listening party in Beverly Hills, LA. Visit for more information It was a star-studded “kickback” to say the least. Close friends and family enjoyed an amazing night of food, drinks, and social distancing last night in LA while getting a […]

Universal Music Group Announces the Launch of Def Jam Africa


Def Jam is continuing its global expansion with the launch of Def Jam Africa. The announcement from Universal Music Group states the new wing fo the iconic label will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria. Visit for more information The new label will focus on hip-hop, Afrobeats, and trap talent throughout […]

‘Beastie Boys Story’ Documentary Released On Apple TV Today


Legendary New York group the Beastie Boys have today released their long-awaited live documentary directed by Spike Jonze on Apple TV titled Beastie Boys Story. Visit for more information The innovate near 2-hour stage performance of Mike D and Ad-Rock runs through the iconic groups’ pre-history from the early 1980s until today from their […]

Paul Rosenberg Steps Down as Def Jam CEO and Will Launch Goliath Records

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The Paul Rosenberg era at Def Jam Recordings has come to an end. The seasoned industry vet stepped down from his role as Chairman & CEO to launch a new joint venture with Universal Music Group, Goliath Records. Visit for more information Rosenberg, who is also Eminem’s manager, became CEO just two years ago, […]

Jadakiss Set to Drop New Album ‘Ignatius’ This Friday


NYC rap legend Jadakiss is set to drop his fifth solo studio album Ignatius this Friday on Def Jam/Roc Nation/D-Block. The album is named after his former manager, Ruff Ryder producer/A&R and long-time friend Ignatius “Ice Pick Jay” Jackson who unfortunately passed away from cancer in June 2017 (RIP). Visit for more information This […]