Def Jam

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1.) He IS Def Jam

Def Jam Records is the most storied rap label in Hip-Hop history. The label has been home to iconic Hip-Hop acts like Public Enemy and EPMD, superstar rappers including Jay Z, Kanye West and DMX, 90s era champs Redman and Method Man and new stars like 2 Chainz, Rick Ross and Big Sean. Their 30-plus years of success would not have been possible without LL Cool J. LL emerged as the first big star on the label, setting the bar for what a global rap superstar really was. His debut album Radio contains timeless classics like “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” and “Rock The Bells.” From 1983 to 2008, LL released 12 albums on the label, all but one either going gold or platinum.

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