Contact Us

Def Jam Drops Coffee Table Book Covering First 25 Years

Def Jam 25 Book

It’s hard to argue that Def Jam isn’t the most important hip-hop record label in history — after all, it’s been home to everyone from the Beastie Boys and Run D.M.C. to Kanye West over the last couple of decades.

The rich story of the groundbreaking imprint — available over at Amazon — is explored with words, memorabilia and, most impressively, photographs in perhaps the awesome music-related coffee table book of the year, ‘Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label.’

This oversized, hardcover book is jam-packed with huge, iconic images documenting the explosion of rap music into our popular culture. The pictures, some of which you can see below, run uninterrupted for several pages at a time and would be worth the price of the book alone.

But — and we realize we sound like an infomercial now — that’s not all you get. There’s also a generous series of interviews with label founders Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons, as well as many of the artists from the label, aligned as a chronological oral history of Def Jam.

What’s most interesting — particularly in the case of the Beastie Boys’ dramatic rise to fame, desire for creative independence and ultimate departure from the label — is how the book allows different memories of the same event to stand next to each other, letting the reader decide how things really went down.

In short, this is a fantastic book for anybody interested in recent music history, and it’s pretty much guaranteed to make you bust out your old L.L. Cool J and EPMD records, too!

View Preview Pages from ‘Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years’

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Best of PopCrush

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for PopCrush quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!