In the early a80s, the music industry wrote off hip-hop as a passing fad. Few could or would have predicted that the improvised raps and raw beats busting out of New York Cityas urban underclass would one day become a multimillion-dollar business and one of musicas most lucrative genres. Among those few were two visionaries: Russell Simmons, a young black man from Hollis, Queens, and Rick Rubin, a Jewish kid from Long Island. Though the two came from different backgrounds, their all-consuming passion for hip-hop brought them together. Soon they would revolutionize the music industry with their groundbreaking label, Def Jam Records. Def Jam, Inc. traces the companyas incredible rise from the NYU dorm room of nineteen-year-old Rubin (where LL Cool J was discovered on a demo tape) to the powerhouse it is today; from financial struggles and scandalsaincluding The Beastie Boysas departure from the label and Rubinas and Simmonsas eventual partingato revealing anecdotes about artists like Slick Rick, Public Enemy, Foxy Brown, Jay-Z, and DMX. Stacy Gueraseva, former editor in chief of Russell Simmonsas magazine, Oneworld, had access to the biggest players on the scene, and brings you real conversations and a behind-the-scenes look from a decadeaand a companyathat turned the music world upside down. She takes you back to New York in the a80s, when late-night spots such as Danceteria and Nellas were burning with young, fresh rappers, and Simmons and Rubin had nothing but a hunch that they were on to something huge. Far more than just a biography of the two men who made it happen, Def Jam, Inc. is a journey into the world of rap itself. Both an intriguing business history as well as a gritty narrative, here is the definitive book on Def Jamaa must read for any fan of hip-hop as well as all popular-culture junkies. From the Hardcover edition.Still, Def Jam didna#39;t make their deadline for The Show soundtrack, and Dixon had to stay up for two nights in a row, ... So when Lyor Cohen heard a song called a This Is How We Do Ita by an L.A. artist named Montell Jordan, which was picking anbsp;...
|Title||:||Def Jam, Inc.|
|Publisher||:||One World/Ballantine - 2011-03-30|