Def Jam Recordings

Def Jam Recordings

Profile:
New York hip-hop label founded in 1983 by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. It has since gone on to become one of the most well-known hip-hop labels in the world, along the way making stars of the likes of Public Enemy, L.L. Cool J, The Beastie Boys, Redman, and DMX.
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History:
1984: Label founded; releases several 12" singles independently. First release was purchased by Streetwise Records and released with a Def Jam logo (and is not considered part of Def Jam today).
1985: Def Jam Recordings began distribution through Columbia/CBS Records.
1988: CBS Records was purchased by the Sony Corporation.
1991: CBS Records became Sony Music Entertainment.
1994: PolyGram purchased 50% of Sony’s Def Jam holdings and switches distribution companies.
1996: PolyGram purchased an additional 10% of the Def Jam holdings, which made it the parent company.
1999: Universal Music Group was formed through the merger of the MCA and PolyGram families of labels and it subsequently purchased the remaining Def Jam holdings that Sony held. All the Def Jam assets were then spun into Island Def Jam Music Group after merging it with Mercury's pop roster and Island Records.
2004: Universal Sigma begins using the Def Jam Recordings imprint for domestic Japanese releases (operating independently of the Island Def Jam Music Group).
2013: Barry Weiss stepped down as Chairman/CEO of both Island and Def Jam.
2014: Universal Music dissolved The Island Def Jam Music Group. Now re-positioned Def Jam, Island Records and Motown separately as all three solo labels. Steve Bartels is now Def Jam's Chairman, president and CEO. No I.D., Rodney Jerkins and Kyambo Joshua are currently working for A&R representation of the label.

Labelcode: LC 08427/LC 8427
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Contact Info:
UMG Headquarters of N.Y.C.
1755 Broadway, Floor #28,
New York, NY 10019

UMG Headquarters of Santa Monica
2220 Colorado Avenue, Floor #5,
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Freeway Free At Last(2xLP) Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings US 2007 Sell This Version
2VS-49037 3rd Bass The Cactus Vidie/Yo(VHS, NTSC) Def Jam Recordings, CMV Enterprises, CBS Music Video Enterprises 2VS-49037 US 1990 Sell This Version
3 Desiigner Tiimmy Turner(CD, Single) Def Jam Recordings 3 US 2016 Sell This Version
4CT 07563 L.L. Cool J* Going Back To Cali(Cass) Def Jam Recordings 4CT 07563 US 1988 Sell This Version
04SP 1077 Bangles Hazy Shade Of Winter (From Less Than Zero) (Remix)(7", S/Sided, Single, Promo) Def Jam Recordings 04SP 1077 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
4W9 7846 Public Enemy Don't Believe The Hype 4W9 7846 US 1988 Sell This Version
07SP991 Oran 'Juice' Jones The Rain(7", Single) Def Jam Recordings 07SP991 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07SP 1004 Beastie Boys (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!) (Single) 07SP 1004 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
07SP 1021 Beastie Boys Brass Monkey (Single) 07SP 1021 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
07SP 1032 Beastie Boys No Sleep Till Brooklyn / She's Crafty(7", Single) Def Jam Recordings 07SP 1032 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP-05291 L.L. Cool J* I Can Give You More / I Can't Live Without My Radio(12") Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 12CXP-05291 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12CXP-05349 LL Cool J Rock The Bells(12") Columbia, Def Jam Recordings 12CXP-05349 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12CXP-05369 Beastie Boys Hold It, Now Hit It(12", Single) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 12CXP-05369 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP 05374 Juice* You Can't Hide From Love(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 05374 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP-05907 L.L. Cool J* You'll Rock (Remix) / I Need A Beat(12", Single) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 12CXP-05907 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12CXP 05922 The Junkyard Band The Word / Sardines 12CXP 05922 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12CXP 05930 Oran 'Juice' Jones The Rain(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 05930 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP 05958 Beastie Boys It's The New Style / Paul Revere(12", Single) Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 05958 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP 05960 Tashan Chasin' A Dream(12", Single) Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 05960 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP-05968 Oran 'Juice' Jones Curiosity(12", Maxi) Def Jam Recordings 12CXP-05968 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP 06020 Chuck Stanley Day By Day(12", Single) Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 06020 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12 CXP 6719 Public Enemy Time Bomb(12") Def Jam Recordings 12 CXP 6719 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12CXP 06726 Beastie Boys She's Crafty / No Sleep Till Brooklyn(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 06726 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP 06730 Oran 'Juice' Jones Here I Go Again / 1.2.1.(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 06730 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP 6737 Tashan Read My Mind(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 6737 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP 06811 (/XSS 176012) Davy D Have You Seen Davy(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 06811 (/XSS 176012) Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12CXP 06861 Public Enemy You're Gonna Get Yours(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 06861 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12CXP 06960 Oran 'Juice' Jones Cold Spendin' My $ Money(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 06960 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12 CXP 07463 Davy D Feel For You / Davy's Ride(12") Def Jam Recordings 12 CXP 07463 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12CXP 07464 Chuck Stanley Introducing Alyson Williams Chuck Stanley Introducing Alyson Williams - Make You Mine Tonight (Remix)(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 07464 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12CXP 07540 Bangles Hazy Shade Of Winter (From Less Than Zero)(12", Single) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 12CXP 07540 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12 CXP 07563 LL Cool J Going Back To Cali(12") Def Jam Recordings 12 CXP 07563 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
12CXP 07899 Original Concept Charlie Sez(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 07899 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
12 CXP 08121 Public Enemy Night Of The Living Baseheads(12") Def Jam Recordings 12 CXP 08121 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
12 CXP 08139 Slick Rick Teenage Love(12") Def Jam Recordings 12 CXP 08139 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
12CXP 68193 Alyson Williams Sleep Talk(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 68193 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
12CXP 68197 Blue Magic Romeo & Juliet(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 68197 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
12CXP 68216 Public Enemy Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 68216 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
12CXP 68223 Slick Rick Children's Story(12", Single) Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 68223 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
12 CXP 68792 LL Cool J I'm That Type Of Guy(12") Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 12 CXP 68792 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
12CXP 68794 Alyson Williams My Love Is So Raw(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 68794 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
12 DEF 1 Public Enemy Give It Up 12 DEF 1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
12DEF1DJ Public Enemy Give It Up 12DEF1DJ US 1994 Sell This Version
12 DEF 2 Public Enemy I Stand Accused / What Kind Of Power We Got?(12") Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 DEF 2 DJ Public Enemy I Stand Accused / What Kind Of Power We Got?(12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 2 DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
12DEF 3 DJ Redman / Method Man Redman / Method Man - Rockafella / Bring The Pain / P.L.O. Style(2x12", Promo) Rush Associated Labels, Def Jam Recordings 12DEF 3 DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 DEF 4 Slick Rick Behind Bars(12") Def Jam Recordings, Island Records 12 DEF 4 UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 DEF 4 DJ Slick Rick Behind Bars(12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings, Island Records 12 DEF 4 DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 DEF 5 Public Enemy So Whatcha Gonna Do Now?(12") Def Jam Recordings, Island Records 12 DEF 5 UK 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 5 DJ Public Enemy So Whatcha Gonna Do Now?(12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 5 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 6 Method Man Release Yo' Delf(12", Single) Island Records, Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 6 UK 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 7 Montell Jordan This Is How We Do It 12 DEF 7 UK 1995 Sell This Version
12DEF 7DJ Montell Jordan This Is How We Do It (Todd Terry Remixes) 12DEF 7DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
12DEF 8DJ Slick Rick Sittin' In My Car Mixes(12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings, Island Records 12DEF 8DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 10 Montell Jordan Somethin' 4 Da Honeyz(12") Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 10 UK 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 10Dj Montell Jordan Somethin' 4 Da Honeyz(12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 10Dj UK 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 11 Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige - I'll Be There For You / You're All I Need To Get By(12") Island Records, Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 11 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 11 DJ Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige - All I Need (Razor Sharp Mix)(12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 11 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 13 DJ MoKenStef He's Mine(12", W/Lbl, Sti) Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 13 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 14 LL Cool J Hey Lover(12", Single) Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 14 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 14 DJ L.L. Cool J* Hey Lover/I Shot Ya(12") Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 14 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
12DEF 15 LL Cool J Doin It 12DEF 15 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
12 DEF 15 DJ LL Cool J Doin' It(12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 15 DJ UK 1996 Sell This Version
12 DEF 18 Case Featuring Foxxy Brown* Case Featuring Foxxy Brown* - Touch Me Tease Me(12") Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 18 UK 1996 Sell This Version
12DEF 19 Montell Jordan Featuring Slick Rick Montell Jordan Featuring Slick Rick - I Like(12") Def Jam Recordings 12DEF 19 UK 1996 Sell This Version
12 DEF 30 LL Cool J Loungin(12") Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 30 UK 1996 Sell This Version
12 DEF 31 Warren G I Shot The Sheriff(12") Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 31 UK & Europe 1997 Sell This Version
12DEF 32 Foxy Brown Featuring Blackstreet Foxy Brown Featuring Blackstreet - Get Me Home(12") Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 12DEF 32 UK 1997 Sell This Version
12 DEF 13 / 851 705-1 MoKenStef He's Mine(12") Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 13 / 851 705-1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
12DEFD 3 DJ Method Man Bring The Pain(12", Single, Promo) Def Jam Recordings, Island Records 12DEFD 3 DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 DEFD 6 DJ Method Man Release Yo' Delf (Exclusive U.K. Mixes)(2x12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 12 DEFD 6 DJ UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEFD 7DJ Montell Jordan This Is How We Do It (Exclusive U.K. Mixes / Original U.S. Mixes)(2x12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings, Island Records, Island Records, Island Records 12 DEFD 7DJ Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEFX 7DJ Montell Jordan This Is How We Do It (Original U.S. Mixes)(12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings 12 DEFX 7DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEFX 11 DJ Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige - All I Need(12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings 12 DEFX 11 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
12 IS 725DJ Dru Hill How Deep Is Your Love 12 IS 725DJ UK 1998 Sell This Version
19V-49020 Public Enemy Fight The Power Live(VHS, NTSC) CMV Enterprises 19V-49020 US 1989 Sell This Version
22AP 3281 Various Def Jam Meeting(12") Def Jam Recordings, CBS/Sony 22AP 3281 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
25DP 5209 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings 25DP 5209 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25DP 5394 Various Less Than Zero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) = Less Than Zero オリジナル・サウンドトラック(CD, Comp, RE) CBS/Sony, Def Jam Recordings 25DP 5394 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25DP 5517 Alyson Williams Raw(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings 25DP 5517 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25P2-2140 Slayer South Of Heaven(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Geffen Records 25P2-2140 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
28AP 3259 L.L. Cool J* Radio(LP, Album, Promo) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 28AP 3259 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
28AP 3259 (DJ) L.L. Cool J* Radio(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 28AP 3259 (DJ) Japan 1985 Sell This Version
28AP 3287 Tashan Chasin' A Dream(LP, Album, Promo) Def Jam Recordings 28AP 3287 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28AP 3421 Various Less Than Zero(LP, Comp) CBS/Sony, Def Jam Recordings 28AP 3421 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
32DP 588 Various Def Jam Meeting(CD, Comp) Def Jam Recordings, CBS/Sony 32DP 588 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32DP 679 Tashan Chasin' A Dream(CD) Def Jam Recordings 32DP 679 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32DP 691 Public Enemy Yo! Bum Rush The Show(CD, Album) CBS, Def Jam Recordings 32DP 691 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32DP 779 (DJ) L.L. Cool J* Bigger And Deffer (BAD)(CD) Def Jam Recordings 32DP 779 (DJ) Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32DP 891 Various Less Than Zero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) = Less Than Zero オリジナル・サウンドトラック(CD, Comp) CBS/Sony, Def Jam Recordings 32DP 891 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
32T 74173 EPMD Crossover(Cass, Single) Rush Associated Labels, Def Jam Recordings, Chaos Recordings 32T 74173 US 1992 Sell This Version
32T-74414 MC Serch Here It Comes(Cass, Single) Def Jam Recordings, Chaos Recordings 32T-74414 US 1992 Sell This Version
32T 77140 Erick Sermon Stay Real(Cass, Single) Rush Associated Labels, Def Jam Recordings, Chaos Recordings, Columbia 32T 77140 US 1993 Sell This Version
38T 07934 Public Enemy Don't Believe The Hype(Cass, Single) Def Jam Recordings 38T 07934 US 1988 Sell This Version
38T 08105 Slick Rick Teenage Love(Cass, Single) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 38T 08105 US 1988 Sell This Version
38T68613 Public Enemy Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos (Single) 38T68613 US 1989 Sell This Version
38T 68626 Slick Rick Children's Story(Cass, Single) Def Jam Recordings 38T 68626 US 1988 Sell This Version
38T 68902 L.L. Cool J* I'm That Type Of Guy(Cass, Single) Def Jam Recordings 38T 68902 US 1989 Sell This Version
38T 68914 3rd Bass Steppin' To The A.M.(Cass, Single) Def Jam Recordings 38T 68914 US 1989 Sell This Version
38T 68951 Slick Rick Hey Young World(Cass, Single) Def Jam Recordings 38T 68951 US 1988 Sell This Version