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Def Jam Recordings New York hip-hop label founded in 1983 by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. It has since gone on to become 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. History: in 1984: the Label was 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). in 1985: Def Jam Recordings began distribution through Columbia/CBS Records. in 1988: CBS Records was purchased by the Sony Corporation. in 1991: CBS Records became Sony Music Entertainment. in 1994: PolyGram purchased 50% of Sony’s Def Jam holdings and switches distribution companies. in 1996: PolyGram purchased an additional 10% of the Def Jam holdings, which made it the parent company. in 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. 

 
85  LL Cool J  I Can't Live Without My Radio   DEF JAM A 6684
86 Beastie Boys She'S On It DEF JAM A 6686
85  LL Cool J  Rock The Bells  DEF JAM A 7003
86 Beastie Boys Hold It, Now Hit It DEF JAM A 7055
86 Junkyard Band The Word DEF JAM A 7296
86 Jones Oran 'Juice' The Rain DEF JAM A 7303
 
86 Ll Cool J I Can'T Live Without My Radio  DEF JAM 650113 7
86 Beastie Boys She'S On It  DEF JAM 650114 7
86 Beastie Boys (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) DEF JAM 650418 7
87 Tashan Chasin' A Dream  DEF JAM 650429 7
87 Public Enemy Public Enemy No. 1 DEF JAM 650497 7
87 Beastie Boys She'S Crafty DEF JAM 650498 7
87 Chuck Stanley Day By Day DEF JAM 650499 7
87 Tashan  Thank You Father  DEF JAM 650779 7
87 Oran 'Juice' Jones 1.2.1 DEF JAM 650780 7
87 Ll Cool J I'M Bad DEF JAM 650856 7
87 Davy D Have You Seen Davy DEF JAM 650860 7
87 Public Enemy You'Re Gonna Get Yours DEF JAM 650975 7
87 Ll Cool J I Need Love DEF JAM 651101 7
87 Public Enemy Rebel Without A Pause DEF JAM 651245 7
87 Black Flames  Are You My Woman?  DEF JAM 651334 7
88 Public Enemy Bring The Noise DEF JAM 651335 7
88 Davy D  Ohh Girl  DEF JAM 651452 7
88 Ll Cool J / Public Enemy Going Back To Cali  DEF JAM 651560 7
88 Public Enemy Don'T Believe The Hype DEF JAM 652833 7
88 Original Concept Charlie Sez  DEF JAM 653032 7
88 Public Enemy Night Of The Living Baseheads DEF JAM 653046 7
88 Slick Rick Teenage Love DEF JAM 653167 7
89 Alyson Williams Sleep Talk  DEF JAM 654656 7
89 Blue Magic  Romeo And Juliet  DEF JAM 654769 7
89 Williams Alyson My Love Is So Raw DEF JAM 654898 7
89 Alyson Williams I Need Your Lovin'  DEF JAM 655143 7
89 3Rd Bass The Gas Face  DEF JAM 655398 7
89 Alyson Williams I Second That Emotion (J And M Remix) DEF JAM 655456 7
90 Public Enemy Welcome To The Terrordome DEF JAM 655476 7
90 3Rd Bass The Gas Face DEF JAM 655627 7
90 Public Enemy 911 Is A Joke DEF JAM 655830 7
90 3Rd Base Brooklyn Queens DEF JAM 655830 7
90 Public Enemy 911 Is A Joke DEF JAM 655837 7
90 Public Enemy Brothers Gonna Work It Out DEF JAM 656018 1
90 Ll Cool J The Boomin' System DEF JAM 656133 7
90 Public Enemy Can'T Do Nothin' For Ya Man DEF JAM 656385 7
90 Ll Cool J Around The Way Girl DEF JAM 656447 7
91 D Nikki Daddy'S Little Girl DEF JAM 656734 7
91 3Rd Bass Pop Goes The Weasel DEF JAM 656954 7
91 Public Enemy Can'T Truss It  DEF JAM 657323 7
91 Public Enemy Shut Em Down ... Pe-Te Rock Mixx DEF JAM 657712 7
92 Public Enemy Nighttrain DEF JAM 657864 7

87 Ll Cool J Go Cut Creator Go DEF JAM LLCJ 1
88 Ll Cool J Going Back To Cali DEF JAM LLCJ 2
89 Ll Cool J I'M That Type Of Guy DEF JAM LLCJ 3
89 Ll Cool J One Shot At Love DEF JAM LLCJ 4

87 Slayer Criminally Insane DEF JAM LON 133
 
86 Not Traced   DEF JAM OJJ D 1
86 Oran "Juice" Jones Curiosity DEF JAM OJJ D 2

87 Beastie Boys No Sleep Till Brooklyn DEF JAM  BEAST 1
87 Beastie Boys She'S On It  DEF JAM  BEAST 2
87 Beastie Boys Girls DEF JAM  BEAST 3

87 Not Traced   DEF JAM BANGS 1
87 Not Traced   DEF JAM BANGS 2
87 Bangles Hazy Shade Of Winter DEF JAM BANGS 3