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.

Paul Rosenberg, the manager of music superstar Eminem, is now Def Jam's CEO. Super producer Rodney Jerkins is the label's president of the A&R department.

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:
[l4241]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Free At Last  album cover Freeway Free At Last(2xLP) Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings US 2007 Sell This Version
000000000 Drake Nice For What(CD-ROM, Promo) Def Jam Recordings 000000000 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
2VS-49037 The Cactus Vidie/Yo  album cover 3rd Bass The Cactus Vidie/Yo(VHS, NTSC) Def Jam Recordings, CMV Enterprises, CBS Music Video Enterprises 2VS-49037 US 1990 Sell This Version
4CT 07563 Going Back To Cali  album cover L.L. Cool J* Going Back To Cali (Maxi) 4CT 07563 US 1987 Sell This Version
04SP1077 Hazy Shade Of Winter = 冬の散歩道  album cover Bangles = バングルス* Bangles = バングルス* - Hazy Shade Of Winter = 冬の散歩道(7", S/Sided, Single) CBS/Sony, Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 04SP1077 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
4W9 7846 Don't Believe The Hype  album cover Public Enemy Don't Believe The Hype 4W9 7846 1988 Sell This Version
07SP991 The Rain  album cover Oran 'Juice' Jones The Rain(7", Single) Def Jam Recordings 07SP991 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07SP 1004 (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)  album cover Beastie Boys (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!) (Single) 07SP 1004 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
07SP 1021 Brass Monkey  album cover Beastie Boys Brass Monkey (Single) 07SP 1021 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
07SP 1032 No Sleep Till Brooklyn / She's Crafty  album cover Beastie Boys No Sleep Till Brooklyn / She's Crafty (Single) 07SP 1032 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP-05291 I Can Give You More / I Can't Live Without My Radio  album cover 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 Rock The Bells  album cover LL Cool J Rock The Bells(12") Columbia, Def Jam Recordings 12CXP-05349 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12CXP-05369 Hold It, Now Hit It  album cover 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 You'll Rock (Remix) / I Need A Beat  album cover 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 Word / Sardines  album cover The Junkyard Band The Word / Sardines 12CXP 05922 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12CXP 05930 The Rain  album cover Oran 'Juice' Jones The Rain(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 05930 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP 05958 It's The New Style / Paul Revere  album cover Beastie Boys It's The New Style / Paul Revere(12", Single) Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 05958 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP 05960 Chasin' A Dream  album cover 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 Day By Day  album cover Chuck Stanley Day By Day(12", Single) Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 06020 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12 CXP 6719 Time Bomb  album cover Public Enemy Time Bomb(12") Def Jam Recordings 12 CXP 6719 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12CXP 06726 She's Crafty / No Sleep Till Brooklyn  album cover Beastie Boys She's Crafty / No Sleep Till Brooklyn(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 06726 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP 06730 Here I Go Again / 1.2.1.  album cover Oran 'Juice' Jones Here I Go Again / 1.2.1.(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 06730 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP 6737 Read My Mind  album cover Tashan Read My Mind(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 6737 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12CXP 06799 I'm Bad / Get Down  album cover L.L. Cool J* I'm Bad / Get Down(12") Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 06799 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12CXP 06811 (/XSS 176012) Have You Seen Davy  album cover Davy D Have You Seen Davy(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 06811 (/XSS 176012) Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12CXP 06861 You're Gonna Get Yours  album cover Public Enemy You're Gonna Get Yours(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 06861 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12CXP 06960 Cold Spendin' My $ Money  album cover Oran 'Juice' Jones Cold Spendin' My $ Money(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 06960 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12 CXP 07463 Feel For You / Davy's Ride  album cover Davy D Feel For You / Davy's Ride(12") Def Jam Recordings 12 CXP 07463 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12CXP 07464 Make You Mine Tonight (Remix)  album cover 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 07491 The Black Flames / Public Enemy The Black Flames / Public Enemy - Are You My Woman / Bring The Noise(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 07491 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12CXP 07540 Hazy Shade Of Winter  album cover Bangles Hazy Shade Of Winter(12", Single) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 12CXP 07540 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12 CXP 07563 Going Back To Cali  album cover LL Cool J Going Back To Cali(12") Def Jam Recordings 12 CXP 07563 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
12CXP 07575 Ohh Girl  album cover Davy D Ohh Girl(12", Single) Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 07575 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
12CXP 07899 Charlie Sez  album cover Original Concept Charlie Sez(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 07899 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
12CXP 08121 Night Of The Living Baseheads  album cover Public Enemy Night Of The Living Baseheads(12") Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 12CXP 08121 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
12CXP 08139 Teenage Love  album cover Slick Rick Teenage Love(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 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 Romeo & Juliet  album cover Blue Magic Romeo & Juliet(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 68197 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
12CXP 68216 Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos  album cover Public Enemy Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos(12") Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 68216 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
12CXP 68223 Children's Story  album cover Slick Rick Children's Story(12", Single) Def Jam Recordings 12CXP 68223 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
12 CXP 68792 I'm That Type Of Guy  album cover 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 Give It Up  album cover Public Enemy Give It Up 12 DEF 1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
12DEF1DJ Give It Up  album cover Public Enemy Give It Up 12DEF1DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 DEF 2 I Stand Accused / What Kind Of Power We Got?  album cover 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 I Stand Accused / What Kind Of Power We Got?  album cover 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 Behind Bars  album cover Slick Rick Behind Bars(12") Def Jam Recordings, Island Records 12 DEF 4 UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 DEF 4 DJ Behind Bars  album cover Slick Rick Behind Bars(12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings, Island Records 12 DEF 4 DJ UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 DEF 5 So Whatcha Gonna Do Now?  album cover Public Enemy So Whatcha Gonna Do Now?(12") Def Jam Recordings, Island Records 12 DEF 5 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 5 DJ So Whatcha Gonna Do Now?  album cover Public Enemy So Whatcha Gonna Do Now?(12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 5 DJ Europe 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 6 Release Yo' Delf  album cover Method Man Release Yo' Delf(12", Single) Island Records, Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 6 UK 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 7 This Is How We Do It  album cover 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 Sittin' In My Car Mixes  album cover Slick Rick Sittin' In My Car Mixes(12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings, Island Records 12DEF 8DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 10 Somethin' 4 Da Honeyz  album cover 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 I'll Be There For You / You're All I Need To Get By  album cover 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 All I Need (Razor Sharp Mix)  album cover 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 He's Mine  album cover MoKenStef He's Mine(12", W/Lbl, Sti) Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 13 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 14 Hey Lover  album cover LL Cool J Hey Lover(12", Single) Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 14 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
12 DEF 14 DJ Hey Lover/I Shot Ya  album cover L.L. Cool J* Hey Lover/I Shot Ya(12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 14 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
12DEF 15 Doin It  album cover LL Cool J Doin It 12DEF 15 UK 1996 Sell This Version
12 DEF 15 DJ Doin' It  album cover LL Cool J Doin' It(12", Promo) Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 15 DJ UK 1996 Sell This Version
12 DEF 18 Touch Me Tease Me  album cover 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 I Like  album cover Montell Jordan Featuring Slick Rick Montell Jordan Featuring Slick Rick - I Like(12") Def Jam Recordings 12DEF 19 UK 1996 Sell This Version
12DEF30 Loungin  album cover LL Cool J Loungin(12") Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 12DEF30 UK 1996 Sell This Version
12 DEF 31 I Shot The Sheriff  album cover Warren G I Shot The Sheriff(12") Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 31 UK & Europe 1997 Sell This Version
12DEF 32 Get Me Home  album cover 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 He's Mine  album cover MoKenStef He's Mine(12") Def Jam Recordings 12 DEF 13 / 851 705-1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
12DEFD 3 DJ Bring The Pain  album cover 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 Release Yo' Delf (Exclusive U.K. Mixes)  album cover 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 This Is How We Do It (Exclusive U.K. Mixes / Original U.S. Mixes)  album cover 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 This Is How We Do It (Original U.S. Mixes)  album cover 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 All I Need  album cover 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 How Deep Is Your Love  album cover Dru Hill How Deep Is Your Love 12 IS 725DJ UK 1998 Sell This Version
19V-49020 Fight The Power Live  album cover Public Enemy Fight The Power Live(VHS, NTSC) CMV Enterprises 19V-49020 US 1989 Sell This Version
19V-49075 Future Of The Funk  album cover LL Cool J Future Of The Funk(VHS, NTSC, Dol) SMV Enterprises, Rush Artist Management, Def Jam Recordings 19V-49075 US 1991 Sell This Version
22AP 3281 Def Jam Meeting  album cover Various Def Jam Meeting 22AP 3281 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
25DP 5209 It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back  album cover 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 Less Than Zero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) = Less Than Zero オリジナル・サウンドトラック  album cover 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 Raw  album cover Alyson Williams Raw(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings 25DP 5517 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25P2-2140 South Of Heaven = サウス・オブ・ヘヴン  album cover Slayer = スレイヤー* Slayer = スレイヤー* - South Of Heaven = サウス・オブ・ヘヴン (Album) 25P2-2140 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
28AP 3259 Radio  album cover L.L. Cool J* Radio(LP, Album, Promo) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 28AP 3259 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
28AP 3259 (DJ) Radio  album cover L.L. Cool J* Radio(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 28AP 3259 (DJ) Japan 1985 Sell This Version
28AP 3287 Chasin' A Dream  album cover Tashan Chasin' A Dream(LP, Album, Promo) Def Jam Recordings 28AP 3287 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28AP 3354 Bigger And Deffer (BAD)  album cover L.L. Cool J* Bigger And Deffer (BAD)(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings 28AP 3354 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
28AP 3421 Less Than Zero  album cover Various Less Than Zero(LP, Comp) CBS/Sony, Def Jam Recordings 28AP 3421 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
28KP 1551 Less Than Zero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)  album cover Various Less Than Zero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(Cass, Album) Def Jam Recordings 28KP 1551 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32DP 588 Def Jam Meeting  album cover Various Def Jam Meeting(CD, Comp) Def Jam Recordings, CBS/Sony 32DP 588 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32DP 592 Juice  album cover Oran "Juice" Jones* Juice(CD, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings 32DP 592 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32DP 679 Chasin' A Dream  album cover Tashan Chasin' A Dream(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings 32DP 679 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32DP 691 Yo! Bum Rush The Show  album cover 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 Less Than Zero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) = Less Than Zero オリジナル・サウンドトラック  album cover 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 Crossover  album cover EPMD Crossover(Cass, Single) Rush Associated Labels, Def Jam Recordings, Chaos Recordings 32T 74173 US 1992 Sell This Version
32T-74414 Here It Comes  album cover MC Serch Here It Comes(Cass, Single) Def Jam Recordings, Chaos Recordings 32T-74414 US 1992 Sell This Version
32T 77140 Stay Real  album cover Erick Sermon Stay Real(Cass, Single) Rush Associated Labels, Def Jam Recordings, Chaos Recordings, Columbia 32T 77140 US 1993 Sell This Version