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Cam’Ron Speaks On His Full History And More… Including Airing Out The Drama With Jay Z Back In The Day (Video)

No reason to be mad at Killa Cam for this Whoolywood interview; but somebody probably will be. Maybe Jay. Maybe Ye. But hey… whatev…

Cam’ron stopped by DJ Whoo Kid’s “The Whoolywood Shuffle” on Shade 45 to promote his new single “Oh Yeah” with Juelz Santana. Cam touches on everything in this video, from first meeting Notorious BIG through Ma$e and acting reckless, Russell Westbrook’s fashion sense, Kanye giving ‘H To The Izzo’ to Jay Z after purchasing the beat, what Big L was like on the block and more! But the true gem is Cam’ron finally clearing the air on the Def Jam situation with Jay Z from back in the day which left us speechless!

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MAZZI feat. S.O.U.L. Purpose – “Digital Diggin 3Minus1” (EP)

Quite often in Hip Hop old school purists will complain about technology.  The fact is technology has its pros and cons but regardless it’s here to stay and only moving faster with time.  So check this out MAZZI & S.O.U.L (Sense Of Understanding Life’s) Purpose composed an EP where MAZZI rhymes over beats made with samples all found online.  Clever Concept this is also a project of substance with a portion of of proceeds from all S.O.U.L. Purpose albums go to charity, and Mazzi regularly travels to Palestine and Israel for humanitarian work, bringing medical supplies and conducting workshops, talent shows and live performances for youth in refugee camps.

Oh and if you are wondering about his resume if you might not ever heard of MAZZI?  Well he has only shared stages with Eminem, Big Pun, G-Unit, Ghostface, M.O.P., Slick Rick, Erykah Badu and many more.  So good music that helps a good cause sounds like a good thing all the way around!

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Cornell University And Bill Adler To Create A Digital Hip-Hop Archive (Audio)


Aaliyah, Ace Hood, the Afros, Ali D, Arrested Development: In Bill Adler’s extensive collection of Hip-Hop history, some of the genre’s biggest names are arranged next to lesser mainstream artists.

Adler was the founding publicity director of Def Jam Records. One of his first assignments was getting pop music critics at daily newspapers to cover one of the label’s new artists, LL Cool J. He worked at Def Jam for six years, before going independent and later running a gallery devoted to Hip-Hop photography. From these ventures, he accrued a massive archive, which lived in a storage space in the basement of his building until he sold the collection to Cornell University last year. Soon it will also live online

Adler sent Cornell University 500 vinyl recordings, an impressive collection of books in several languages and roughly 100,000 newspaper and magazine articles about rap and Hip-Hop…

(more, including a FREE download of the “All Things Considered” segment on NPR, via the download link that follows)


The Dawn Of Def Jam: Rick Rubin Returns To His College Dorm (Video)

Most who know know… at the heart of the engine of the legendary Def Jam Recordings was co-founder Rick Rubin. Take a trip with this clip. Back to before ‘those’ days. Right right at the beginning where it all began, in Rubin’s dorm room. Yeah, of course, Russell Simmons is in there speaking on it with some ‘others’ around back then, too.

Def Jam was started 30 years ago in Rick Rubin’s NYU dorm room. Watch him go back to the place where it all began for the very first time.

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Russell Simmons And Rick Rubin Continue The ‘Back And Forth’ Speaking On Beastie Boys And More (Video)

“It’s what the f##k geniuses do!”
Russell Simmons (on Rick Rubin)

You heard him: Rick Rubin wrote lyrics with the Beastie Boys… too! Pretty much a Mister Everything in the Hip-Hop landscape, Rubin and his founding partner [of the legendary Def Jam Recordings label] (Russell Simmons) continue their back-and-forth convo with Noisey. We posted Part 1 on here earlier. Enjoy Part 2 above now.


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Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, Founders Of Def Jam Recordings, Speak On The Early Days, The Clubs, ‘Radio’ And More (Video)

Two music pioneers, on Noisey’s Back & Forth series, speaking on the 30th Anniversary of the legendary Def Jam Recordings. Founders Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin talk about the early days of the label, their first twelve-inch release, LL Cool J’s hit “Radio,” and LL Cool J’s involvement with Run-D.M.C. and so much more above.

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Yamin Semali – “Uncle Ruckus Simmons” (Russell Simmons Diss)

YaminSemali -Jayforce.comWhile most rappers are making response records to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Control’ verse, Atlanta’s own Yamin Semali went in another direction by clearly placing Russell Simmons in his crosshairs for that ill advised, ill-timed, & unfunny ‘Harriet Tubman Sex Tape’ comedy skit that he initially endorsed. The former Def Jam head has subsequently apologized for the video, but Yamin Semali isn’t letting it slide. As timing would have it all the chatter in Hip Hop last few days has been about stepping up has been in regard to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control,” but very few are going to go in on Uncle Rush’s bad move & those in hip hop misrepresenting it. Wonder how much will said about THIS ‘Control’ verse because it’s probably the most powerful.

Listen (FREE download and lyrics available at link below) and form your own opinions. Yamin made his plain on the track.


Rick Rubin Speaks On Music, Spirituality, & Nature (Video)

Rick Rubin talks about life and art on the cliffs outside his home in Malibu in this short film by Alison Chernick on NOWNESS. The music mogul offers insights ‘on living in harmony with nature, the importance of recreating its perfection in art, and the transcendental power of sound.’ This is a reflective look at Rubin, a revered pioneering figure in Hip-Hop (day one partner in Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons in 1984… with roots in their New York University dorm room).
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Lyon Cohen Speaks On The Death Of ‘MCA’ Of The Beastie Boys (Video)

Former Def Jam head & early employee to the iconic label Lyor Cohen speaks on Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch’s tragic death from cancer & shared some of his memories of MCA and what he meant to music and the world.

Redman Speaks On How Def Jam Fell Off As A Hip Hop Label (Video)

Redman aka Reggie Noble talks about his past and present situation with Def Jam and the status of his “Muddy Waters 2” album on the Combat Jack internet radio show….

Keith Murray Clarifies The Beef with Tupac, Family History of Drug use, & former Def Jam issue (Video)

In a recent interview Keith Murray gave “the Most Beautifullest” interview with Jack Thriller touching on a variety of topics that fans have legitimately been wondering about. The rumored beef with Tupac, Keith Murray’s past drug issues, & the fight with a Def Jam employee that ultimately cost him his record deal.

Irv Gotti Campaigns For President Of Def Jam Records (Video)

Can’t say I disagree with Irv Gotti in anyway about Def Jam’s legacy & how it’s significance, or lack thereof, is a part of the reason why music as whole has been subpar in the last few years. Check out more video after the jump, but it should go without saying that there is a definite void up there at the iconic Def Jam Records…..

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Former Roc-a-Fella Records A&R ‘Lenny S’ Speaks On His Tenure There & Gives His Top 5 Producers (Video)

Former Roca-A-Fella Records & Def Jam A&R for Lenny S sat down to talk how he ended up at Roc-a-fella records and his top five producers. Some of his picks were wild suspect, but then again it’s his own personal opinion.

Nas Says ‘Lost Tapes 2’ Is Dead (Video)

The first Lost Tapes album by Nas still gets a considerable amount of rotation from me personally & occasionally a track or two I’d go back & play on the radio. Many fans like myself were anxiously awaiting the Lost Tapes 2 project, but unfortunately with all the drama up there at Def Jam, Nas makes it clear that will there will not be another one.  That’s some very disappointing news to hear.

Def Jam Cipher Sessions: West Coast Edition

Def Jam’s Cipher Session continues with the West Coast featuring Chace Infinite, Fashawn, YG, Skeme, Tiron, & El Prez. The sun rises in the east & it sets in the West, but let’s see which one of these new comers will rise above the rest after tomorrow night. Check the video as it serves as an appetizer……

Def Jam Cipher Sessions: CyHi Da Prynce & Big K.R.I.T. (Video)

This is part 3 of the Def Jam’s Cipher Sessions & the last for the Southern Region before they focus on artists from the West Coast. In this particular segment the focus is upon Atlanta’s CyHi Da Prynce & Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T.

Nas Still Optimistic About Dropping The Lost Tapes 2

MTV caught up with Nasir Jones & discussed his plans to get his personal project ‘The Lost Tapes 2’ out to his fans despite problems with his current label Def Jam.  Problems with record labels? U Gotta Love It