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Def Jam

  1. turn the music up
    An Oral History of Rihanna’s Debut Song, ‘Pon de Replay’Fifteen years ago, a dancehall riddim and a Bajan teenager laid the groundwork for a pop icon.
  2. russell simmons
    Russell Simmons Responds to Rape Accusations With ‘#NotMe’“My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable.”
  3. new music
    Listen to Common’s New Song, ‘Home’The track, featuring Bilal, dropped tonight.
  4. label drama
    Tricky Stewart Talks Frank Ocean Label Drama“He just treated them how he was treated.”
  5. explainers
    Did Frank Ocean Pull a Fast One on His Label by Going Indie? An ExplainerOcean’s coup could land him in some legal trouble with Universal Music Group.
  6. frank ocean
    Endless Was Frank Ocean’s Final Def Jam AlbumThe artist may have used his visual album to game the system.
  7. the elusive recruiter
    Mariah Carey Told L.A. Reid to Hire Jay Z as Def Jam’s PresidentEverything always leads back to Mariah Carey.
  8. candy
    Cut Saturday Night Live Sketch: Def Jam Ted TalksAfter Def Comedy Jam and Def Poetry Jam, we needed something.
  9. vulture lists
    The 21 Best Def Jam Releases of All TimeThirty years of hip-hop classics, from the Beastie Boys to Frank Ocean.
  10. garfield
    Watch the Garfield Def Comedy Jam“Lemme tell you ‘bout this cat named Heathcliff. Just kidding, y’all!”
  11. rihanna
    Rihanna Aiming For Her Thriller With Next Album’It’s already giving me the feel of a timeless album, and right now is her time.’
  12. the industry
    Diane Lane Is Off to the RacesPlus: The Roots go back to the studio.
  13. jay-z
    Jay-Z Reportedly Signing Deals With EverybodyHe’s either close to a deal with Epic or close to a deal with Warner — or both! — depending on whom you believe.
  14. jay-z
    Jay-Z Escapes From Record CompanyHe says he’s bought out of his contract with Universal.
  15. sad
    Def Jam Boss Commits SuicideShakir Stewart died on Saturday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
  16. studio woes
    Why Can’t You Just Let Jadakiss Work?He’s trying to finish his album, but Def Jam keeps distracting him with “denim parties.”
  17. the industry
    Natalie Portman Set for New ‘Heights’Plus: Colin Farrell signs on for ‘Triage’ and Jermaine Dupri signs on to run a hilarious new record label.
  18. countdown
    Who’s Ready for Another Secret Jay-Z Album?There’s a new Jay-Z song!
  19. the industry
    Michael Bay Is the Alfred Hitchcock Our Era DeservesAlso: Nas responds to Def Jam in a totally reasonable manner!
  20. the early-evening news
    Stephen Colbert Announces His Candidacy for President of Our HeartsPlus news about Nas, Sam Raimi, and the Man Booker Prize.
  21. apropos of nothing
    Russell Simmons Gives a Bleep About You