Def Jam

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Def Jam is a hip-hop record label founded in 1984 by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons with artists like LL Cool J, Run DMC and The Beastie Boys. Rubin left the company in 1989 to form Def American. Over the years Polygram acquired a 60% stake in the company and in 1998 it became part of Universal Music. It was recently merged by owner Universal Music with Island Records to form The Island Def Jam Music Group.

Roc-a-Fella Records, The Inc Records and Disturbing Tha Peace Records are among the independent labels distributed by Def Jam.

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Def Jam artists

Current and Former Artists on Def Jam

Def Jam South

Southern hip hop imprint

Def Soul

R&B/soul imprint

See also

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