Rick Rubin famously started Def Jam Records in his NYU dorm room. Thirty years later, his return to the exact same room, and the creation of the seminal record label, has been documented in film.
Reports Rolling Stone:
In 1984, Def Jam Records, the label that defined hip-hop’s commercial and artistic potential, was born in a very unlikely location: a tiny New York University dorm room. Founder Rick Rubin — now a record-industry legend who’s shepherded the careers of everyone from Jay Z to the Red Hot Chili Peppers — hadn’t returned to that Greenwich Village double-occupancy room in three decades. But for Rolling Stone Films’ premiere documentary, Rick Was Here, he ventured back to Weinstein Hall, room 712, to remember how it all began. “I can’t believe it’s 30 years,” he says. “It’s really trippy.”
Presented byMaggieVision Productions and directed Josh Swade, watch the nostalgia inducing film below.
It’s no coincidence Def Jam’s initials are D.J.