Def American Recordings

Def American Recordings

Profile:
Def American Recordings was founded by Rick Rubin in 1988 after splitting with then-partner Russell Simmons and Def Jam Recordings because of the former’s increasingly eclectic tastes. The first-ever Def American release was Slayer’s Reign in Blood, which, ironically, had a Def Jam logo on its first pressing. However, because Simmons felt that it was not in line with Def Jam, and because Def Jam’s then-distributor, Columbia/CBS Records, refused to release it, it was released through Geffen and Warner Bros., and Rubin took the rights of the release to the new label with him after the split. Initially, it was distributed by Geffen Records through Warner Bros. Records, but when Geffen refused to distribute the self-titled album by the Geto Boys and the controversy it caused, Rubin switched distribution to Warner Bros. proper, which released all subsequent Def American titles.

In 1993, Rubin found the word “def” in a dictionary, and renamed the label American Recordings after a large mock-funeral that was presided over by the Reverend Al Sharpton. Rubin felt that the mainstreaming of the word “def” was against the anti-establishment image that he was trying to project for the company.

Important note: All Def American product that was in-print at the time of the name switch was repressed with the new American Recordings logo.

Labelcode: LC 07181
Sublabel
Contact Info:
3500 W. Olive, Suite 1550
Burbank, CA 91505-4628
USA

[1989]
Def American Recordings
9157 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
28 Various - CD Tune Up #28 Various CD Tune Up #28(2xCD, Comp, Promo, S/Edition) The Album Network 28 US 1989 Sell This Version
93 Various - The Album Network Rock Tune Up 93 Various The Album Network Rock Tune Up 93(CD, Comp, Promo) The Album Network 93 US 1993 Sell This Version
1604 The Jayhawks - Waiting For The Sun The Jayhawks Waiting For The Sun(CD, Single, Promo, Car) Def American Recordings 1604 France 1992 Sell This Version
19245-4 The Black Crowes - Hard To Handle The Black Crowes Hard To Handle(Cass, Single) Def American Recordings 19245-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
0-21608 Geto Boys - Do It Like A G.O. / F#@* 'Em Geto Boys Do It Like A G.O. / F#@* 'Em(12") Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings, Rap-A-Lot Records, Rap-A-Lot Records 0-21608 US 1990 Sell This Version
24208-4 Danzig - Danzig Danzig Danzig(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 24208-4 US 1988 Sell This Version
24281DJ Danzig - Danzig II - Lucifuge Danzig Danzig II - Lucifuge(CD, Album, Promo) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 24281DJ US 1990 Sell This Version
30908-2 The Jesus And Mary Chain - Far Gone And Out (Official Bootleg Mixes) The Jesus And Mary Chain Far Gone And Out (Official Bootleg Mixes)(12", Promo) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 30908-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
30909-2 The Jesus And Mary Chain - Far Gone And Out (Official Bootleg Mixes) The Jesus And Mary Chain Far Gone And Out (Official Bootleg Mixes)(12", Promo) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 30909-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
33082-2 Supreme Love Gods All Over(12") Def American Recordings 33082-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
33083-2 Supreme Love Gods - All Over Supreme Love Gods All Over(12", Promo) Def American Recordings 33083-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
38159-3 Danzig - Danzig (Home Video) Danzig Danzig (Home Video)(VHS, NTSC) Def American Recordings 38159-3 US 1990 Sell This Version
38244-3 Danzig - Lucifuge The Video Danzig Lucifuge The Video 38244-3 US 1991 Sell This Version
0-40221 Sir Mix-A-Lot - One Time's Got No Case Sir Mix-A-Lot One Time's Got No Case (Maxi) 0-40221 US 1991 Sell This Version
0-40233 Sir MixaLot* - Baby Got Back Sir MixaLot* Baby Got Back(12", Maxi) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings, Rhyme Cartel Records 0-40233 US 1992 Sell This Version
0-40559 Sir Mix-A-Lot - Swap Meet Louie Sir Mix-A-Lot Swap Meet Louie(12") Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 0-40559 US 1992 Sell This Version
0-40725 DO* - Guilty Of Love DO* Guilty Of Love(12") WHTE LBLS, Def American Recordings, Antler-Subway 0-40725 US 1993 Sell This Version
0-40934 DO* - Running Out Of Time DO* Running Out Of Time(12") Def American Recordings, WHTE LBLS 0-40934 US 1993 Sell This Version
45134-2 Danzig - Danzig III: How The Gods Kill Danzig Danzig III: How The Gods Kill(CD, Album + VHS, NTSC, Dol + Box, Ltd, S/Edition) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 45134-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
053596 Danzig - Dirty Black Summer Danzig Dirty Black Summer(VHS, NTSC) Def American Recordings, Reprise Records 053596 US 1992 Sell This Version
9 2426 7 Trouble (5) - Trouble Trouble (5) Trouble(CD, Album, RP) Def American Recordings 9 2426 7 US 1994 Sell This Version
9 2467-4 Trouble (5) - Trouble Trouble (5) Trouble(Cass, Album, Dol) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 9 2467-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
188012 The Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker The Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 188012 Chile 1990 Sell This Version
2-26792 Slayer - Decade Of Aggression Live Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live(2xCD, Album, RE + Box, Ltd, Num) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 2-26792 US 1992 Sell This Version
2-26829 Jayhawks* - Jayhawks Jayhawks* Jayhawks(CD, Album, Promo) Def American Recordings 2-26829 US 1991 Sell This Version
2-26915 Flipper - Album Generic Flipper Flipper Album Generic Flipper(CD, Album, Promo) Def American Recordings 2-26915 US 1991 Sell This Version
2-45134 Danzig - Danzig III: How The Gods Kill Danzig Danzig III: How The Gods Kill(CD, Album + VHS, NTSC, Dol + Box, Ltd, S/Edition) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 2-45134 US 1992 Sell This Version
2-45286 Danzig - Thrall-Demonsweatlive Danzig Thrall-Demonsweatlive(CD, EP, RE, RP) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 2-45286 US Unknown Sell This Version
4-18877 The Black Crowes - Remedy The Black Crowes Remedy(Cass, Single) DEF American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-18877 US 1992 Sell This Version
4-18947 Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back Sir Mix-A-Lot Baby Got Back / Cake Boy (Single) 4-18947 US 1992 Sell This Version
4-19403 The Black Crowes - She Talks To Angels The Black Crowes She Talks To Angels (Single) 4-19403 US 1991 Sell This Version
4-19694 Geto Boys - Do It Like A G.O. Geto Boys Do It Like A G.O. (Cass, Single) Def American Recordings, Rap-A-Lot Records 4-19694 US 1990 Sell This Version
4-24208 Danzig - Danzig Danzig Danzig (Album) 4-24208 US 1988 Sell This Version
4-24210 Masters Of Reality - Masters Of Reality Masters Of Reality Masters Of Reality (Album) 4-24210 US 1988 Sell This Version
4-24214 Andrew Dice Clay* - Dice Andrew Dice Clay* Dice (Album) 4-24214 US 1989 Sell This Version
4-24267 Trouble (5) - Trouble Trouble (5) Trouble(Cass, Album, Dol) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-24267 US 1990 Sell This Version
4-24278 The Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker The Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker (Album) 4-24278 US 1990 Sell This Version
4-24281 Danzig - Danzig II - Lucifuge Danzig Danzig II - Lucifuge(Cass, Album, SR) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-24281 US 1990 Sell This Version
4-24287 Andrew Dice Clay* - The Day The Laughter Died Andrew Dice Clay* The Day The Laughter Died(2xCass, Album, SR,) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-24287 US 1990 Sell This Version
4-24307 Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss Slayer Seasons In The Abyss(Cass, Album, SR) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-24307 US Unknown Sell This Version
4-26555 Andrew Andrew "Dice" Clay Dice Rules (Live At Madison Square Garden And Other Jernts)(Cass, Album, SR,) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-26555 US 1991 Sell This Version
4-26561 The Four Horsemen - Nobody Said It Was Easy The Four Horsemen Nobody Said It Was Easy(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-26561 US 1991 Sell This Version
4-26795 The Red Devils - King King The Red Devils King King(Cass, Album, Dol) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-26795 US 1992 Sell This Version
4-26830 The Jesus And Mary Chain - Honey's Dead The Jesus And Mary Chain Honey's Dead (Album) 4-26830 US 1992 Sell This Version
4-26837 Trouble (5) - Manic Frustration Trouble (5) Manic Frustration(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-26837 US 1992 Sell This Version
4-26854 Andrew Dice Clay* - 40 Too Long Andrew Dice Clay* 40 Too Long(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-26854 US 1992 Sell This Version
4-26893 Barkmarket - Vegas Throat Barkmarket Vegas Throat(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings, Triple X Records, Triple X Records 4-26893 US 1991 Sell This Version
426914 Danzig - Danzig III: How The Gods Kill Danzig Danzig III: How The Gods Kill(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 426914 US 1994 Sell This Version
4 26914 4 Danzig - Danzig III: How The Gods Kill Danzig Danzig III: How The Gods Kill(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings 4 26914 4 US 1992 Sell This Version
4-26915 Flipper - Cassette Generic Flipper Flipper Cassette Generic Flipper(Cass, Album, RE) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-26915 US 1993 Sell This Version
4-26916 The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion(Cass, Album, SR,) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-26916 US 1992 Sell This Version
4-26970 Sir Mix-A-Lot - Swass Sir Mix-A-Lot Swass(Cass, Album, RE, SR) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-26970 US 1991 Sell This Version
4-40233 SirMixaLot* - Baby Got Back SirMixaLot* Baby Got Back(Cass, Maxi) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-40233 US 1992 Sell This Version
4-45167 Swell - ...Well? Swell ...Well?(Cass, Dol) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-45167 US 1993 Sell This Version
4-45244 Raging Slab - Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert Raging Slab Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert (Album) 4-45244 US 1993 Sell This Version
4-45286 Danzig - Thrall-Demonsweatlive Danzig Thrall-Demonsweatlive(Cass, EP) Def American Recordings, Def American Recordings 4-45286 US 1993 Sell This Version
4-45286A Danzig - Thrall-Demonsweatlive Danzig Thrall-Demonsweatlive(Cass, EP, Promo) Def American Recordings 4-45286A US 1993 Sell This Version
491799 4 Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss Slayer Seasons In The Abyss(Cass, Album) Sony Music Russia, Def American Recordings 491799 4 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
495495-2 Flipper - American Grafishy Flipper American Grafishy(CD, Album) Def American Recordings 495495-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
510047-1 The Four Horsemen - Nobody Said It Was Easy The Four Horsemen Nobody Said It Was Easy (Album) 510047-1 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
510047-2 The Four Horsemen - Nobody Said It Was Easy The Four Horsemen Nobody Said It Was Easy (Album) 510047-2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
510047-4 The Four Horsemen - Nobody Said It Was Easy The Four Horsemen Nobody Said It Was Easy (Album) 510047-4 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
510 413-1 Wolfsbane - Down Fall The Good Guys Wolfsbane Down Fall The Good Guys (Album) 510 413-1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
510 413-2 Wolfsbane - Down Fall The Good Guys Wolfsbane Down Fall The Good Guys (Album) 510 413-2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
510 413-4 Wolfsbane - Down Fall The Good Guys Wolfsbane Down Fall The Good Guys (Album) 510 413-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
510 605-1 Slayer - Decade Of Aggression Live Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live (Album) 510 605-1 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
510 605-2 Slayer - Decade Of Aggression Live Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live (Album) 510 605-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
510 605-4 Slayer - Decade Of Aggression Live Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live (Album) 510 605-4 UK 1991 Sell This Version
510 606-4 Slayer - Decade Of Aggression Live - Cassette One Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live - Cassette One (Album) 510 606-4 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
510 606-4 Slayer - Decade Of Aggression Live Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live (Album) 510 606-4 UK 1991 Sell This Version
510 607-4 Slayer - Decade Of Aggression Live - Cassette Two Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live - Cassette Two (Album) 510 607-4 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
510 607-4 Slayer - Decade Of Aggression Live Slayer Decade Of Aggression Live (Album) 510 607-4 UK 1991 Sell This Version
512 068-1 Sir Mix-A-Lot - Mack Daddy Sir Mix-A-Lot Mack Daddy (Album) 512 068-1 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
512 068-2 Sir Mix-A-Lot - Mack Daddy Sir Mix-A-Lot Mack Daddy(CD, Album) Def American Recordings 512 068-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 068-4 Sir Mix-A-Lot Mack Daddy (Album) 512 068-4 Turkey 1992 Sell This Version
512 263-1 The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion (Album) 512 263-1 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 263-2 The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion (Album) 512 263-2 Australasia 1992 Sell This Version
512 263-4 The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion (Album) 512 263-4 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 263-5 The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion(DCC, Album) Def American Recordings 512 263-5 US 1992 Sell This Version
512 270-1 Danzig - Danzig III: How The Gods Kill Danzig Danzig III: How The Gods Kill (Album) 512 270-1 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 270-1 Danzig - III How The Gods Kill Danzig III How The Gods Kill(12", Unofficial, Gre) Def American Recordings 512 270-1 US 1992 Sell This Version
512 270-2 Danzig - Danzig III: How The Gods Kill Danzig Danzig III: How The Gods Kill (Album) 512 270-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 270-4 Danzig - Danzig III: How The Gods Kill Danzig Danzig III: How The Gods Kill (Album) 512 270-4 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 556-1 Trouble (5) - Manic Frustration Trouble (5) Manic Frustration (Album) 512 556-1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
512 556-2 Trouble (5) - Manic Frustration Trouble (5) Manic Frustration (Album) 512 556-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
512 556-4 Trouble (5) - Manic Frustration Trouble (5) Manic Frustration (Album) 512 556-4 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512661-2 Dan Baird - Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired Dan Baird Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired (Album) 512661-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512661-4 Dan Baird Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings 512661-4 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 986-1 The Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall The Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall(LP, Album) Def American Recordings 512 986-1 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 986-2 The Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall The Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall (Album) 512 986-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
512 986-4 The Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall The Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall (Album) 512 986-4 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
514 492-2 The Red Devils - King King The Red Devils King King (Album) 514 492-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
514492-4 The Red Devils - King King The Red Devils King King (Album) 514492-4 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
514 498-2 Various - Til Def Us Do Part II Various Til Def Us Do Part II(CD, Album, Smplr) Def American Recordings, Phonogram 514 498-2 Australasia 1993 Sell This Version
514 498-4 Various - Til Def Us Do Part II Various Til Def Us Do Part II(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings 514 498-4 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
514 550 2 Raging Slab - Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert Raging Slab Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert (Album) 514 550 2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
514 550 4 Raging Slab - Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert Raging Slab Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert(Cass, Album) Def American Recordings 514 550 4 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
514700-2 The Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall The Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall (Album) 514700-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
514 700-4 The Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall The Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall (Album) 514 700-4 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
514 864-4 The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion(Cass, Album, RE) Def American Recordings, BMG Türkiye 514 864-4 Turkey 1995 Sell This Version

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djjb1972

djjb1972

June 3, 2018
Def is 80's New York slang for "cool". But in this case it's short for DEFinitive American Recordings aka DEFinitive JAM. Word.
RobertSteed

RobertSteed

June 20, 2016
But what does - or did - "def" actually mean?
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